You will not believe the crunchy results in these oil-free baked corn tortilla chips! So easy to make, and customizable with flavors!
I knew I could come up with some good homemade tortillas chips from scratch, but I didn't know the end result could be better than store bought (my husband's words, not mine).
Baked Tortilla Chips
We are tortilla chip lovers. It's a sad day when you can't find a bag in our pantry. And when we choose tortilla chips, it's always the plain kind with few ingredients. So when someone asked me to come up with a homemade version, I scoffed at the idea.
Until I made them. And now, I'm going to have to work out a tortilla chip making moment in each and every day because these are just that good!
What are the healthiest tortilla chips?
There is definitely a difference when it comes to tortilla chips. And figuring it out is as simple as looking at the ingredients. We generally opt for the simple plain ones, few ingredients, usually corn, lime, salt and oil. These are not necessarily what I would call unhealthy.
It's when you get into the long list of things in the chips where we cross the line from a generally good snack when paired with fresh salsa or nutrient rich avocado, to full of crappy ingredients. So always turn that bag around and read!
However, if you want the uber of all healthy tortilla chips, make your own. These baked corn tortilla chips are even made without oil!
Are tortilla chips healthier than potato chips?
Whether or not something is healthy, has 100% to do with how it is made. Potatoes are a great vegetable, with many nutritious qualities. Now if they are fried in oil though, that isn't exactly the most healthy way to eat them (but I love me a good french fry!).
So if you are making potato chips baked like I make these homemade tortillas chips, then they are just as great. Bottom line, read the ingredients!
How long do fresh tortilla chips last?
In this house, they lasted all of about 5 minutes. But if let's say, you had an emergency and had to leave the chips, then once they are completely cool and dry, store them in an airtight container. They should last about 5-7 days.
They will slowly get more stale as the days go on, but they are safe to eat. However I highly doubt you will have leftovers!
How do you store leftover tortilla chips?
It's moisture and air that kills the initial yumminess of homemade tortillas chips. So first, make sure they are completely cool. Then, make sure they are dry. After that, store them in an airtight container to maintain the best freshness!
How to Make Baked Corn Tortilla Chips
Making homemade tortilla chips is easier than you think! Just a few simple steps and ingredients:
- Cut the tortillas into triangles. I like to use a pizza cutter to make it super easy.
- Brush with lime and sprinkle with salt.
You can also make thinner tortilla strips to use as a salad topping or to give some texture to wraps and sandwiches.
Ideas to switch up the flavor:
I love adding spices and seasonings to change these baked corn tortilla chips up! Here are some of our favorites:
- Ranch- parsley, garlic powder, minced onion, onion powder, dill, black pepper, ground mustard
- Italian- fennel seed, basil, oregano, thyme, lemon pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper
- Smoky BBQ- smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, touch of maple or sugar
- Taco- cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, oregano
- Greek- oregano, dill, garlic powder
- Lemon- lemon pepper
- Spicy- hot sauce, chipotle powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper
- Asian- soy sauce or teriyaki, garlic powder, ground ginger
- Indian- curry powder, turmeric, garlic powder
- Churro- cinnamon, sugar, maple syrup
- Taste of fall- pumpkin spice, sugar, maple syrup
What can I dip these chips in?
The question really should read, what can I NOT dip these chips in! I'm going to link a few of my favorites, but there are so many more!
- Fresh Mexican Salsa
- Roasted salsa from my cookbook
- Spicy Cilantro Cream Sauce
- Fresh Citrus Salsa
- Fully Loaded Guacamole
- Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip
- White Mexican Queso
- Ultimate Cheese Sauce
- Vegan Nacho Cheese
- Easy Pineapple Salsa
Oil- Free Baked Corn Tortilla Chips
- 8 corn tortillas
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ¼ - ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Optional spices to add flavor (see post for ideas)
- Preheat oven to 400 F/ 205 C
- Cut the tortillas into 6 equal pieces, I like to use a pizza cutter to make it easy. If you want to make tortilla strips, then cut them into longer thin pieces.
- Place the pieces on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Brush the top side of the tortilla pieces with the lime juice. You just need a light coating.
- Sprinkle half of the salt over the top, evenly spreading it out.
- Flip over and brush the other side. Sprinkle the rest of the salt over the top.
- Bake for 16-17 minutes or until they are crispy and just starting to brown.
- Serve with anything and everything!
- Using a good quality corn tortilla is important for the best end result.
- Add more lime juice if you want a stronger lime flavor.
- You can adjust the salt for how you like it.
- Parchment helps crisp the chips without the need for oil.
Recipe by Veggies Don’t Bite, visit our site for more great plant-based recipes.
Nutrition and metric information should be considered an estimate.
I love this recipe! Every time we have extra corn tortillas in the fridge that are about to go bad, I make these as a healthy snack. I just found four bags of tortillas in the fridge, so we'll have plenty of chips! So easy and so much healthier than the chips from the store.
Great idea! So happy you like it!
So I followed this exactly yet mine were either chewy in the middle or just burnt 🤔 if I left them any longer. Any ideas or thoughts?
Hi Angie! I have made these hundreds of times and never had this issue. It may have been your tortillas. Perhaps they had too much moisture or maybe it was the brand. Or it could have been a different in your oven. Did you use the parchment paper? I can't say exactly since I wasn't there and don't know what brand you used. The tortillas should be dry, then you brush a very light coating of lime juice. You could try lowering your temp, since ovens do vary.
Will you get similar results with flour tortillas?
Hi Laurie! I haven't tried it with flour but I think it would be similar. Just watch the bake time. Let me know if you try!
catherine portia kinchens
I haven't tried the recipe yet. My question is how many serving is this recipe. So that I can know how many calories per serving.
Hi Catherine! You use 8 tortillas in this recipe and it's 4 servings, so each serving is 2 tortillas. I say to cut each into 6 pieces so if you follow that it's 12 chips. Hope you enjoy!
OMG just made these, soooo much better than them bought ones. Can't stop eating them.
So happy to hear you liked them Cindy! Thank you so much for the great review!
Thank you so much for this great idea. I did not want the lime taste, so I used water. It cooked out and left crispness in its wake. I think could be life changing. LOL I have been trying for YEARS to get these results!
Oops! I think this THIS could be life changing.
You are SO welcome!!! Glad you liked them!
Very quick and easy to make. Thanks so much!
I'm so happy you liked them!! Thanks for the great review!
The tortillas you buy in the store have oil in them, so they are NOT oil free!!!
Hi Donna, perhaps the ones you buy have oil but the ones I buy do not. So it depends on what you buy. Many of the corn tortillas I see are oil free.
What brand do you buy
I use the Mi Rancho brand much of the time!
These are so good! What's the best way to store them?
Hi Stephanie!! Yay! So happy you like them. I'd say an air tight container. I don't usually have leftovers!
I finally decided to tackle oil free tortilla chips...your step by step was really helpful...I like them crispy so I used the full 19 minutes. Having to separate into single serving sizes...one half serving gone...had to sample at different cooking times, of course! They are tasty...taking mine to a superbowl party tonight!
So happy you liked them Judy! They go fast in our house too!