|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 39g||50%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||15%|
|Total Carbohydrate 36g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||21%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||6%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
It's a great idea to make your own tortilla chips. Not necessarily all the time because buying them in bags is an incredibly efficient way to get tortilla chips into your life. But making your own is really easy and fun, and besides, nothing you buy in a bag can compare with fresh, warm, crispy tortilla chips that you made with your own hands. All you need are corn tortillas, salt, and oil. (You can also make your own corn tortillas.)
A package of a dozen tortillas will make a very generous basket of tortilla chips, enough for three or four people, and just the right amount to go with this fabulous guacamole recipe. Coincidence? I think not.
You can also use this same technique to make your own tostadas. Simply fry the whole tortillas without cutting them first.
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12 medium corn tortillas
Vegetable oil, for frying
Kosher salt, to taste
Homemade or store-bought salsa, for serving
Gather the ingredients.
Leave the tortillas out in your kitchen, uncovered, overnight.
Cut them into wedges using a knife or pizza cutter. Three cuts will make 6 chips from each tortilla. But you can stack them and do 2 or 3 at a time.
Heat the oil to 360 F. If you don't have a thermometer to check the temperature, another way to know if the oil is hot enough is that it will bubble around the tip of a wooden spoon.
Add enough chips to cover the bottom of the pan in a single layer, without crowding or overlapping.
Fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until the chips have turned lightly golden brown and are quite crisp and firm. Flip them occasionally with a pair of tongs so that they cook evenly.
Remove each chip from the oil with your tongs, letting excess oil drain back into the pan, and transfer to paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and then repeat the process until all the chips are cooked.
Serve warm with fresh homemade salsa.
Once you get the technique down and have perfected making homemade tortilla chips, get that imagination going and try different seasonings. Sprinkle with taco seasoning, gourmet salts, nutritional yeast, or even lime zest.
- You're going to fry the chips in a small amount of oil—about 1/4 inch.
- The key is making sure your oil is between 350 F and 375 F. The optimal is 360 F, but you're fine anywhere in that range. However, because you're using such a small amount of oil, it can be difficult to get an accurate temperature reading with a thermometer.
- So, here's the trick. Heat up the oil up for a few minutes on medium heat, and then test it by placing the tip of a wooden spoon into the pan. When the oil is at the proper temperature, the oil will bubble around the tip of the spoon. A wooden chopstick will work too.
- Speaking of oil, be sure to use a refined vegetable oil with a high smoke point, such as sunflower, soybean, or safflower with a high smoke point. How much oil you need will depend on how wide your pan is. A cast-iron skillet is great because it'll maintain its temperature even after you add the chips to the oil.
- Another trick is using tortillas that are slightly stale. The reason is that staleness happens when bread (or in this case tortillas) loses its moisture, and dry tortillas will fry up crispier than fresh ones. All you need to do is take the tortillas out of the bag and leave them out overnight on something flat, such as the kitchen counter.