Fried Tortilla Chips Recipe | Mexican Cuisine

Fried Tortilla Chips

Fried Tortilla Chips Recipe | Mexican Cuisine
Region / culture: Mexico | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 4


Fried Tortilla Chips
Fried Tortilla Chips

Fried tortilla chips are a popular snack enjoyed by many around the world. These crispy, salty chips are perfect for dipping in salsa, guacamole, or enjoying on their own. They are easy to make at home and can be customized with different seasonings to suit your taste preferences.


Tortilla chips have been a staple in Mexican cuisine for centuries. They were traditionally made from leftover tortillas that were cut into triangles and fried until crispy. Today, tortilla chips are enjoyed in various forms and flavors, from traditional corn chips to flavored options like lime or chili.


How to prepare

  1. Pour enough oil into a large, deep skillet or saucepan to reach a depth of at least 1 inch.
  2. Choose a wider vessel if you want to cook more at once, but keep in mind that it will require more oil. (Since they cook quickly, a narrow pan is also fine.)
  3. Set the heat to medium-high and wait for the temperature to reach about 350°F (177°C) before starting to cook.
  4. Stack the tortillas and cut them into 4 to 8 wedges, resembling a pie shape.
  5. Fry as many wedges as you can fit without overcrowding, flipping them if necessary.
  6. The chips should cook for approximately 2 minutes, until they just begin to darken in color without browning.
  7. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the chips from the oil, allowing them to drain on paper towels or paper bags.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and serve the chips while hot or at room temperature.

Baked Tortilla Chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C).
  2. Lightly brush each tortilla on both sides with peanut oil, canola oil, or any other neutral-flavored oil.
  3. Stack and cut the tortillas as mentioned above.
  4. Place the tortilla wedges on ungreased baking sheets and shake them once or twice during baking.
  5. Bake for 6 to 10 minutes, or until the chips just begin to color.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and serve the chips while hot or at room temperature.


  • Add a sprinkle of chili powder or cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
  • Top the chips with melted cheese, black beans, and diced tomatoes for loaded nachos.
  • Use flavored tortillas, such as spinach or tomato, for a colorful twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure the oil is hot enough before frying the tortilla chips to ensure they cook evenly and become crispy.

- Do not overcrowd the pan when frying the chips, as this can lower the oil temperature and result in soggy chips.

- For a healthier alternative, try baking the tortilla chips in the oven instead of frying them.

Serving Suggestions

Serve fried tortilla chips with salsa, guacamole, or queso for a delicious appetizer or snack.

Cooking Techniques

Frying tortilla chips in hot oil ensures they become crispy and golden brown. Baking them in the oven is a healthier alternative that still results in crunchy chips.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use whole wheat tortillas for a healthier option.

- Substitute olive oil for vegetable oil for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Fried tortilla chips are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat them in the oven to crisp them up before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve fried tortilla chips in a decorative bowl with a variety of dipping sauces for a visually appealing snack.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair fried tortilla chips with a cold beer or margarita for a classic combination.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover tortilla chips in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat them in the oven at 350°F for a few minutes to restore their crispiness.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

One serving of fried tortilla chips contains approximately 150 calories.


One serving of fried tortilla chips contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates.


One serving of fried tortilla chips contains approximately 7 grams of fat.


One serving of fried tortilla chips contains approximately 2 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Tortilla chips are not a significant source of essential vitamins and minerals.


Tortilla chips may contain wheat and are not suitable for those with gluten allergies.


Fried tortilla chips are a tasty snack that is relatively high in fat and carbohydrates. They should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.


Fried tortilla chips are a delicious and easy-to-make snack that can be enjoyed on their own or with your favorite dips. With a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking techniques, you can create crispy, flavorful chips that are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of anticipation I felt when I first discovered this recipe for fried tortilla chips. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Maria in Mexico. We were in her cozy kitchen, surrounded by the delicious scents of spices and herbs floating in the air.

Maria was a master in the kitchen, and she had learned the art of cooking from her own grandmother. She had a way of infusing every dish with love and passion, and I was always eager to learn from her. On that particular day, Maria was teaching me how to make traditional Mexican dishes, and the fried tortilla chips were one of the first things she showed me.

As Maria guided me through the steps of making the tortilla chips, I could see the joy in her eyes as she shared her knowledge with me. She explained that the key to perfect tortilla chips was to use fresh corn tortillas and to fry them in hot oil until they were golden and crispy. Maria also taught me how to season the chips with a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lime for that extra burst of flavor.

I watched closely as Maria expertly cut the tortillas into triangles and dropped them into the sizzling oil. The sound of the chips frying was music to my ears, and I couldn't wait to taste the finished product. When the chips were ready, Maria scooped them out of the oil and placed them on a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

As we sat down to enjoy our homemade tortilla chips, I savored every crispy bite. The chips were light and crunchy, with just the right amount of salt and tangy lime. I couldn't believe how easy they were to make, and I knew that this recipe would become a staple in my own kitchen.

After that day, I practiced making fried tortilla chips whenever I had the chance. I experimented with different seasonings and toppings, adding my own twist to Maria's traditional recipe. I shared the chips with my family and friends, and they were always a hit at gatherings and parties.

Over the years, I continued to refine my technique for making fried tortilla chips. I learned to fry the chips until they were perfectly golden brown and to season them just right. I discovered that the key to great tortilla chips was to use high-quality ingredients and to fry them in small batches to ensure that they cooked evenly.

As I honed my skills in the kitchen, I also began to experiment with different variations of the recipe. I added spices like cumin and chili powder to give the chips a kick of heat, and I topped them with ingredients like cheese, salsa, and guacamole for a fun twist. I even tried making sweet versions of the chips by dusting them with cinnamon sugar and serving them with a side of chocolate sauce.

Through my culinary adventures, I learned that cooking is not just about following a recipe – it's about creativity, experimentation, and a love for good food. I realized that the best recipes are the ones that are passed down through generations, like Maria's fried tortilla chips. They are a reminder of the traditions and memories that bring us together around the table.

Now, whenever I make fried tortilla chips, I am transported back to that sunny day in Maria's kitchen. I can hear her laughter and feel her warmth as she guides me through the steps of making the perfect chips. And as I share this recipe with others, I hope that they too will experience the joy and satisfaction of creating something delicious from scratch.

In the end, fried tortilla chips are more than just a snack – they are a symbol of friendship, tradition, and the love that goes into every dish we make. And for that, I am forever grateful to Maria for teaching me this timeless recipe that will always hold a special place in my heart.


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