Baked Tortilla Chips

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

If heaven is real, then I really don’t think it’s made of puffy clouds and golden harps. I rather imagine it must be filled with endless tables, buckling under the weight of all the chips, dips, cheeses and crackers (all calorie-free, OBVIOUSLY) that a person could possibly want. Really, is there a better way to eat than scooping up succulent dips and salsas with crisp, salty shards of simple carbohydrates?

My obsession with chips is pretty severe. I’m hopeless at Mexican restaurants. Those continuously re-filling bowls of free chips and salsa at the start of the meal virtually guarantee that I’ll be in a food coma before my main course even arrives. I’m pretty shameless about them at potlucks and dinner parties, too. But unless I am hosting a party of my own, I actually avoid buying them: if I have chips in the house, there’s like a 70% chance that I’ll skip cooking dinner and simply dine on chips and salsa instead, strangely able to justify it by pretending they are vegetables. Sad, I know.

But I’ve found a little loophole. As long as I have corn tortillas in my fridge (which is pretty regular) I can make teeny batches of chips whenever I like! Satisfy my cravings without overdosing! Plus they are baked, which in the chip world, is code for healthy! (Right?)

Corn tortillas

It’s shockingly simple. Cut tortillas. Spray with cooking spray and salt. Flip over and repeat. Bake. Eat.

Sprayed and sprinkled

Freshly baked

I’ll admit: it’s hard to compare these to true, deep-fried tortilla chips. But for an emergency craving, they are quite, quite sufficient. And a bit healthier, I daresay. Emphasis on bit.

Whatever. Sometimes I just want chips and now I can have them whenever I want. NOW THAT IS POWER.

Baked Tortilla Chips

Baked Tortilla Chips

Makes 24 chips, but this can obviously be flexed up or down

4 corn tortillas (white or yellow, the thinner the better)
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas into six even wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Flip over each wedge and spray the other salt, also adding a bit more salt.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, flipping chips partway through, or until chips are lightly browned and fairly crisp. Chips will still be a bit bendy while they are warm, but they will crisp up in 2-3 minutes after they are removed from the oven. Sprinkle with additional salt if needed.