Earlier this summer, I spent a week with my sister and her family in Colorado. While I was there, I whipped up some great Tex Mex classics like, Beef Enchiladas and these Homemade Tortilla Chips. My nephew, Jackson, loves Tex Mex like I do, so I thought it would be fun to teach him how to make chips that are way better than store bought. I was about his age when my mom taught me how to fry chips, and I promise, nothing beats the crunch and flavor of homemade tortilla chips!
There’s not much to making chips other than cutting up regular corn tortillas and frying them in hot oil. I used white corn tortillas here, but yellow are just as good. Make sure to use an oil that can withstand high heat frying, like peanut oil. You can also use vegetable oil, canola oil or melted shortening.
You can use a deep fryer if you have one, or a heavy-bottomed skillet, like cast iron will work too. Use about 4 cups of oil and heat it to about 350 degrees for deep frying. Drop in enough cut tortillas to fill the pan in one single layer. Fry, flipping the chips occasionally until they are light golden brown. You’ll notice that the sizzling of the oil calms down and the chips begin to float when they’re about done.
Remove chips onto a paper towel-lined dish and immediately salt the hot chips after removing from the oil. Enjoy these delicious chips with some of these great recipes! Beef Enchiladas, Spicy Sausage Queso, Taqueria Style Salsa, 7-Layer Dip, Mexican Seafood Cocktail, or Cowboy Caviar!
- 4 cups oil (peanut, vegetable or canola)
- 20 corn tortillas
- Kosher Salt
- Stack tortillas and cut into 6 triangles.
- In a large heavy skillet, heat 4 cups of oil over medium high heat to about 350 degrees.
- Line a large dish, plate or platter with several layers of clean paper towels.
- Carefully place tortilla triangles, one-at-a-time, into the hot oil. Only put enough for a single layer, about 12 triangles.
- Fry for about 2 to 3 minutes, turning chips with a slotted spoon about halfway through.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove chips to a paper towel-lined dish and immediately sprinkle with salt.
- Continue cooking chips in batches until all chips are fried. Serve warm.