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Basket of corn tortilla chips next to a bowl of salsa and a margarita

Make Homemade Baked or Fried Tortilla Chips in Minutes

  • Author: Nancy Blackstone
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5-15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15-25 Minutes
  • Yield: Approx. 60 chips
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Stovetop or Oven
  • Cuisine: Mexican



Fried Tortilla Chips

10 six-inch corn tortillas

Vegetable oil, enough to fill to 1-inch deep in a large frying pan

Baked Tortilla Chips

10 six-inch corn tortillas

Olive oil cooking spray, or liquid olive oil 


Fried Tortilla Chips

  1. Pour olive oil into a large frying pan until it is one inch deep. Heat oil until hot. Test by putting a wooden spoon into the oil -- if small bubbles form around the spoon, it is ready. If it bubbles hard around the spoon, it is too hot and you'll need to reduce the heat.
  2. Cut the tortillas into the desired size and shape of chips.
  3. Carefully drop the chips into the hot oil, being careful not to burn yourself. Try not to allow the chips to overlap while cooking as it will cause spots to cook unevenly. You will probably need to cook several batches depending on the size of your frying pan.
  4. Simmer in oil for 5 minutes, until chips are golden and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel.
  5. Immediately salt with a coarse salt. If you are using additional seasonings, add them now, too.
  6. Allow to drain on paper towel for 5 minutes before serving.

Baked Tortilla Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet with olive oil.

  1. Spray both sides of tortillas lightly with olive oil cooking spray or  brush both sides of the tortillas with olive oil using a pastry brush.
  2. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden and crispy. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool 5 minutes before serving. Chips will get more crisp as they cool. You may need to make in several batches.


You can use white corn, yellow corn, or organic corn tortillas 

For baked tortillas, you can substitute vegetable oil for olive oil if you prefer

Store chips in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat stored chips in the microwave for 30 seconds for that hot out-of-the-oven taste

Keywords: Appetizer, Mexican appetizer