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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

National Tortilla Chip Day


 love Tortilla chips and if you have never made your own before I must tell you that they are super easy to make. Starting with corn tortillas and preparing them you can use them to make up so many amazing dishes. But first the recipe for the tortilla chips.

  • 12 Corn tortillas, cut into triangles like a pizza
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
  • ground chile pepper or other favorite seasonings, optional

    Pour enough oil in a 10 inch frying pan so that you have about 1 1/2 inches deep of oil. Leave between 3/4 to 1 inch of space between the top of the oil and the top of the pan. Attach your candy thermometer to the pan and heat until the temperature reads 350 degrees F. While you are waiting for the oil to get to the right temperature, cut the tortillas into eight's like a pizza. You can also cut them into any old shape your heart desires. Separate the tortilla pieces with your fingers to make sure none are sticking together. Head over to the frying pan and add a handful of tortillas gently to the hot 350 degree oil. Using tongs, turn over the chips carefully so as to not spill any oil. Continually turn the chips over while they cook. Continue to cook until the chips pretty much stop bubbling up. Use tongs to remove chips, giving them a moment to drain over the pan before placing on a paper towel covered cookie sheet. Once all the chips are out of the pan, sprinkle salt and any seasoning you desire. This will ensure the salt and spices stick to the chips. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Sugar Chips

cinnamon sugar chips
There really is no difference in making cinnamon sugar chips compared to the homemade tortilla chips recipe. The technique is the same. Same oil, same cooking temperature.
The only difference is you will use flour tortillas instead of corn. You will also use cinnamon and sugar. In my video I used a ratio of 1/3 cup sugar to 1 tsp. cinnamon. You can vary these proportions to suit your taste.
Be sure to season these chips soon after taking them out of the oil.

Storing Your Homemade Tortilla Chips

Once all your chips have cooled completely, store them in a ziplock bag. They should keep several days.
To get that "just made" taste, place a bowl of chips in the microwave for about 30 seconds and everyone will think you just made them.
I hope you enjoyed our homemade tortilla chips recipe. Now go make some and have fun. Be safe.

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