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How to Make Homemade Tortilla Chips (In the Air Fryer and Oven)

Learn how to make homemade tortilla chips in the air fryer and the oven. Our easy recipe shows you two methods to make healthier homemade chips than the deep fried version that still taste amazing on their own or dunked in your favorite dips.

Learn how to make tortilla chips in the air fryer and the oven for a lighter way to satisfy your snack cravings.
Homemade Tortilla Chips
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Happy New Year!

Are you over all the heavy holiday food but not quite wanting to give up your snacks yet?

I feel this hard.

And so do my kids.

And one of their (and my) favorites? Tortilla chips.

My kids go through tons of tortilla chips.

They could take or leave potato chips but tortilla chips? Oh yeah.

And they love these freshly made ones.

Since they are baked or air fried and not deep fried it feels like a better for them snack to enjoy, which feels like a serious Mom win.

Ingredients and Kitchen Tools

Ingredients for Homemade Tortilla Chips: Flour Tortillas, Salt, Cooking Spray or Oil
Ingredients for Homemade Tortilla Chips: Flour Tortillas, Salt, Cooking Spray or Oil

To make these crunchy, satisfying snacks you just need:

  • Store bought tortillas– Look, I know bigger isn’t always better but I definitely recommend using the large burrito sized, flour not corn tortillas. 
  • Cooking spray– You could substitute olive oil or olive oil spray if you prefer but plain old nonstick cooking spray works like a charm.
  • Seasoning– Salt and pepper but you could add a lot of other seasonings to the mix if you prefer. Hang tight- we’ll talk about that later.

You also need some basic kitchen tools to make tortilla chips in the air fryer, namely an air fryer. I have, love and highly recommend this basket air fryer from Instant Pot.

To make tortilla chips in the oven, you need a couple more kitchen supplies:

Cutting the Tortillas for Chips

Use kitchen sheers to easily cut tortilla chips.
Use kitchen sheers to easily cut tortilla chips.

Cutting the tortillas is probably the trickiest part of this whole recipe and it’s not really tricky at all.

You could use a pizza cutter to slice your tortillas into eighths the way you would a pizza.

Or, you could do what we like to do and use a pair of kitchen sheers and fold up the tortillas as shown so you can make multiple cuts at once.

First, fold the tortillas in half.

Fold the tortilla in half.
Fold the tortilla in half.

Then fold that half in half again so the tortilla is now in quarters.

Fold the tortilla into quarters.
Fold the tortilla into quarters.

Then, cut the the tortilla along the folded seam, keeping them stacked.

Cut the tortillas.
Cut the tortillas.

Finish, by cutting the stack of quartered chips in half.

Cut the quartered chips in half.
Cut the quartered chips in half.

Either way works- it’s entirely up to you.

How to Make

Making these is really easy no matter how you decide to do it.

Prep the tortillas

To do it:

Cut the tortillas.
Cut the tortillas as described above.

Season the chips.
Spray the cut tortillas with nonstick cooking spray or mist very lightly with olive oil. Then season as desired with salt and pepper or other seasonings of your choice.

Cook til crunchy! 
See below for exact instructions.

Homemade Tortilla Chips in the air fryer

To make crunchy air fryer tortilla chips, follow steps 1 and 2 above and then:

Preheat your air fryer and add the chips to the basket.

Add the cut tortillas to the basket of your air fryer.
Add the cut tortillas to the basket of your air fryer.

Set your air fryer to 350.

Once it’s ready, place the chips in the basket of the air fryer so they aren’t touching or overlapping.

Cook for 7-8 minutes. Flip the chips midway through the cooking process.

Cool and repeat until done.

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips in the basket of the air fryer.
Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Place the cooked chips on a wire rack to cool and repeat the process with the remaining chips until done.

Homemade Tortilla Chips in the Oven

To make crunchy baked tortilla chips in the oven, follow the instructions for prepping the tortillas above and then:

Put the cut chips on a baking sheet.

Mist the chips with nonstick spray before baking in the oven.
Mist the chips with nonstick spray before baking in the oven.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with nonstick spray. Arrange the chips so they aren’t touching or overlapping.

Bake.
Put the trays in the oven and bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 4 minutes to 5 minutes.

Cool.
Let cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Seasoning Options and Ideas

Learn how to make tortilla chips in the air fryer and the oven for a lighter way to satisfy your snack cravings.
Homemade Tortilla Chips

I’m only using salt and pepper in my basic version of this recipe, but you can definitely jazz these up even more.

Some of my favorite variations and seasoning ideas include:

  • Cilantro lime– Toss the baked chips with fresh lime zest and chopped cilantro.
  • Smoky southwestern– After tossing the chips in the cooking spray, sprinkle both sides with a mix of smoked paprika, cumin and chili powder.
  • Ranch– Toss the unbaked chips in ranch seasoning before baking.
  • Cinnamon sugar– Toss the baked chips in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar while they are still warm.

Storing

Learn how to make tortilla chips in the air fryer and the oven for a lighter way to satisfy your snack cravings.
Homemade Tortilla Chips

Serve the chips immediately once they are cooled or store them in a large ziplock bag for up to a week.

FAQs

Is it cheaper to make them at home?

Yes! The store brand of flour tortillas cost anywhere from 7 to 8 cents per ounce.

Ready made tortilla chips are upwards of 28 cents an ounce depending on the brand,

Are air fryer tortilla chips healthier?

Since they are air fried instead of deep fried, you are cutting a lot of the calories and saturated fat of the store bought or deep fried kind.

Will these tortilla chips be crispy?

Yes! If they aren’t crispy you may need to let them air fry or bake for an extra minute depending on how you’ve made them.

Should I use flour tortillas for chips?

The recipe pictured shows flour tortillas.

They are my favorite and turn out deliciously crunchy and sort of puffy.

That said, if you are more of a corn tortilla chip fan, you absolutely could make this with your favorite corn version.

Tips and Tricks

Learn how to make tortilla chips in the air fryer and the oven for a lighter way to satisfy your snack cravings.
Homemade Tortilla Chips
  • Make sure none of the chips are touching or overlapping no matter what method you use.
  • The chips will continue to crisp as they cool.
  • For extra crispy oven chips, turn the oven off after the time is up and let the chips sit in the oven with the door open for an extra minute or two.
  • In the ingredients section, while it’s specified not to do this with corn tortillas, you could if you choose. The texture of the chip will be less puffy than and crisper than a flour tortilla chip.

Serving Suggestions

Homemade Tortilla Chips pair well with jalapeno cheese dip or any salsa.
Homemade Tortilla Chips with Jalapeno Popper Dip and Pineapple Salsa

These homemade tortilla chips just beg for dips. Some of my favorite dips to dunk these in include:

And don’t forget to serve them as a side to any taco night! Perfect with ground beef tacos or other fancier tacos like barbecue chicken tacos or even pineapple beef tacos.

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Learn how to make tortilla chips in the air fryer and the oven for a lighter way to satisfy your snack cravings.

How to Make Tortilla Chips in the Air Fryer and Oven

Yield: 80 chips
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

Learn how to make tortilla chips in the air fryer and the oven. Our easy recipe shows you two methods to make healthier homemade chips that aren't deep fried but still taste amazing dunked in your favorite dips.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of store bought burrito sized tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • Seasoning- Salt and pepper but you could add a lot of other seasonings to the mix if you prefer.

Instructions

Prep the tortillas.

Cut the tortillas into eighths.

Spray the tortillas lightly with cooking spray and season as desired.

IN THE AIR FRYER

To make crunchy air fryer tortilla chips, follow steps 1 and 2 above and then:

Preheat your air fryer.Set your air fryer to 350.

Add the chips to the basket.Place the chips in the basket of the air fryer so they aren’t touching or overlapping.

Cook for 7-8 minutes.Flip the chips midway through the cooking process.

Cool and repeat until done.Place the cooked chips on a wire rack to cool and repeat the process with the remaining chips until done.

IN THE OVEN

To make crunchy baked tortilla chips in the oven, follow the instructions for prepping the tortillas above and then:

Preheat the oven.Set the oven to 425.

Put the cut chips on a baking sheet.Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with nonstick spray. Arrange the chips so they aren’t touching or overlapping.

Bake.Put the trays in the oven and bake for 4 minutes to 5 minutes.

Cool.Let cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Notes

See post for seasoning ideas and tips.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate and may vary based on products used.

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