Homemade Tortilla Chips

Ditch the Store-Bought: Irresistibly Crispy Homemade Tortilla Chips Recipe

Craving the satisfying crunch of tortilla chips but want to skip the store-bought varieties? Look no further! This homemade tortilla chips recipe is here to elevate your snack game with fresh flavor and irresistible crispness.

Made with just three simple ingredients – white corn tortillas, canola oil, and a touch of fresh lime and salt – these homemade tortilla chips are easy to customize and bursting with flavor. Plus, they’re ready in under 30 minutes, making them perfect for last-minute gatherings or a satisfying late-night snack. So, ditch the processed options and give this recipe a try! You’ll be amazed at how much better homemade chips taste.

Homemade Tortilla Chips

How to Make Homemade Tortilla Chips


  • 12 white corn tortillas
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice, to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste


  • Sharp knife or pizza cutter
  • Large pot or deep fryer
  • Tongs
  • Paper towels
  • Serving bowl

Step 1: Slice and Prep the Tortillas

Start by gathering your three key ingredients. You’ll need 12 white corn tortillas, which provide the base for the chips. Canola oil acts as the frying medium, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice along with a sprinkle of sea salt add an extra layer of flavor.

Now, grab a sharp knife or pizza cutter and slice each tortilla into wedges. You can choose the size and shape you prefer, but triangles or wedges are classic options.

Step 2: Heat Up the Oil

Fill your large pot or deep fryer with enough canola oil to reach a depth of about 1-2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until it reaches 375°F (190°C). Use a kitchen thermometer to ensure the oil reaches the correct temperature, as this is crucial for achieving crispy chips without burning.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have a deep fryer, a large pot works just fine. Just make sure it’s heavy-bottomed to maintain consistent heat.

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Step 3: Fry the Tortilla Wedges

Once the oil is hot, carefully add a small batch of tortilla wedges to the pot or fryer using tongs. Avoid overcrowding the pot, as this can lower the oil temperature and lead to soggy chips.

Fry the tortilla wedges for 1-2 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and crispy. Keep a close eye on them, as they can burn quickly.

Step 4: Drain and Season

Once golden brown, use the tongs to transfer the chips to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Season immediately with a sprinkle of sea salt and a squeeze of fresh lime juice, to taste.

Step 5: Repeat and Enjoy!

Continue frying the tortilla wedges in small batches until all the wedges are cooked. Season each batch with salt and lime juice as desired.

Devour Your Creation!

Serve your homemade tortilla chips warm with your favorite dips and salsas. They pair perfectly with my homemade fire-roasted salsa, Juanita’s Mexican salsa, or a refreshing guacamole. Craving something more decadent? Try these chips on top of lobster nachos (above) for a truly show-stopping appetizer!

Embrace the Homemade Advantage

Making your own tortilla chips offers several advantages over store-bought varieties. You have complete control over the ingredients, ensuring they’re fresh and free of preservatives. Plus, you can customize the flavor profile to your liking, adding spices or herbs for extra oomph.

Most importantly, homemade tortilla chips taste significantly better than their store-bought counterparts. The freshness of the ingredients and the satisfying crunch are truly unbeatable. So, the next time you crave a satisfying snack, ditch the store-bought options and give this easy homemade tortilla chips recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!

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Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Recipe by Jason Hill – CookingSessions.com
This recipe for homemade tortilla chips uses white corn tortillas, canola oil and a bit of fresh lime and salt. When making homemade tortilla chips you can also heat a large pot of oil and heat it to 375 F, but I prefer using a mini deep fryer.
Serve these with my homemade fire-roasted salsaJuanita's Mexican salsa, or fresh guacamole! It's also perfect for these Lobster Nachos!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4


  • 10 white corn tortillas
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt
  • 1 lime halved


  • Cut tortillas into triangles.
  • Heat deep fryer to 375 F.
  • Add tortilla triangles into basket and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Remove and place on paper towels to drain.
  • Sprinkle with salt and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Enjoy!
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Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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