Homemade Tortillas Chips

Tortilla Chips are easy to make at home! These AIR FRYER or OVEN BAKED chips are crispy, so delicious & are healthier too. There are so many ways to use these chips in recipes and are the ultimate Mexican appetizer!

This recipe is low-fat, gluten free & vegan.

A bowl with totopos baked tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

If you love crispy Tortilla Chips at restaurants (who doesn’t!), but have never tried to make them at home, I’m about to show you a super easy version that will rival any restaurant! I hope you give them a try.

Tortilla Chips In Spanish: Totopos

Did you know that Tortilla Chips in Mexico are called Totopos? The word Totopo is of Nahuatl origin (language of the Aztecs) and it means to brown or toast.

If you visit Mexico just ask for “Totopos y Salsa por favor” and you’ll sure impress your waiter!

This is the most popular and authentic Mexican snack!

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Healthier: Because these Tortilla Chips are cooked in the air fryer or oven rather than being deep fried, you only need a fraction of the oil.
  • Quick & Easy: These chips are ready 15 minutes or less, and they can be prepped ahead of time too.
  • Great for a crowd: This is a great sharing appetizer and the recipe is easily tripled if you are hosting a party.

They go great all kinds of salsas like this Chile De Arbol, Salsa Mexicana, Pico De Gallo or the undeniable favorite Guacamole. Place a full basket in the center of the table and everyone will be happy to dive right into it!

There are so many other ways to enjoy them by cutting them in different shapes which I show you below.

Corn tortillas and salsa verde on the side in a small pot

These Tortillas Chips are great to make Chilaquiles Rojos and Chilaquiles Verdes. These are very popular recipes on Muy Delish!

Ingredients

The concept of the Tortilla Chip is very simple in Mexico. They are made with leftover tortillas that are fried in oil. That’s it! So all you need is:

  • Tortillas – If you use old tortillas, the chips will have a better consistency.
  • Oil – Since we’re air frying or baking them, we don’t need a lot of oil. Just enough to coat them slightly in order to achieve that crispy texture without being dry. Use vegetable, avocado, grapeseed or olive oil.
  • Kosher or sea salt – these salts are better as they’ll give a better texture and taste.
Corn tortillas placed on a cutting board with a small bowl of oil on the side.

Equipment

How to Make Tortilla Chips

The process of making air fried or baked tortillas is actually the same: the temperature & the method. But the advantage of using an air fryer, is that it preheats faster and uses less energy.

If you have the equipment, and need a small batch only, then by all means use the air fryer!

  1. Preheat air-fryer/oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray or brush the tortillas with oil lightly . Or use your finger to spread the oil evenly on the tortilla.
  3. Cut into your desired shape and place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Cutting tortilla chips on a board and a totopo with guacamole.
  • 4. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. 
  • 5. Bake for 12 to 15 or until the edges start to brown. Note: Keep an eye on the first batch since the cooking times varies depending on the oven.

Can you make them ahead of time?

Yes! If you are planning to serve these at a party or just to have ready for snacking, you can certainly get ahead of things by making them ahead of time. If you like them warm, then, just pop them into the air fryer or microwave when you are ready to serve.

Are tortilla chips vegan?

Yes they are! Corn tortillas are naturally vegan since they don’t contain any animal products. Just use a vegetable oil when frying them to keep them vegan.

Are tortilla chips gluten free?

Yes they are! Corn tortillas are naturally gluten-free and this makes Tortilla Chips naturally gluten free as well.

The typical tortilla has about 10 grams of carbs per tortilla and it’s naturally healthy.

A bowl with totopos chips and salsa on the side.

Did you make these tortilla chips?!? I’d love to know how they turned out! Leave a comment and a rating below? thank you!

A bowl with baked tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

Air Fried Tortilla Chips

Servings 6 people
Ana Frias
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
This recipe is all you need to make the BEST Tortilla Chips! Keep them on hand to use as a snack or to serve with your favorite dips and salsas.

Equipment

  • Air Fryer Or Oven
  • Baking tray
6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable, avocado, grapeseed or olive oil
  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray or brush the tortillas with oil lightly . Or use your finger to spread the oil evenly on the tortilla.
  • Cut into your desired shape and place in a single layer on a baking sheet 
  • Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 or until the edges start to brown.

*Ana’s Notes:

  • Keep an eye on the first batch since the cooking times varies depending on the oven. Be careful not to over bake as they may become dry. 
  • The tortilla should be placed in a single layer in the air fryer basket or baking tray, without touching, so that they get crispy all over.
  • Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 

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NUTRITION

Serving: 2tortillas | Sodium: 197mg | Calcium: 2mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 3g | Calories: 140kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 6g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 20g | Iron: 4mg

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

Other ways to enjoy Homemade Tortilla Chips

Here are other ideas that you can use baked crispy tortillas. It’s the same baking method and the only thing that changes is the shape of how you cut the tortillas.

  1. Cut them into strips for Tortilla Soup.
Totopos into strips in a small bowl.

2. Make Tostadas – A delicious way to make your own tostadas with leftover tortillas! Make these delicious Chicken Tinga Tostadas.

Three baked tostadas on a gray board.

3. Cut into squares to make Migas (recipe coming soon!)

Cutting tortillas into squares on a cutting board.

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