by Texas Homesteader~
We were recently invited to a family gathering. Now in my family invitations to a shared meal happen often. Since it’s so common & also so that the burden doesn’t fall on the hosting family, each family in attendance brings something to contribute to the meal. There’s always lots of good food at our family gatherings!
This time I wanted to bring something snacky. So I offered to bring some homemade hummus. (If you haven’t seen my Stupid-Easy Hummus Recipe, you should totally check it out!) Of course I’ll need something for dipping but I hate how expensive that little bag of pita chips is! Hummm, I wonder… I decided to make my own pita-type chips. Let’s see how it goes.
Using Flour Tortillas
Today I’m going to just use cut-up tortillas baked crispy to make chips. Why not? It’s the perfect chunky thickness for a dipping chip, and we aaaaalways have tortillas in the house!
Since there were only going to be 4 of us gathering together on this occasion I figured I’d only need 6 flour tortillas to make my chips.
Preparing The Tortillas
So in a small bowl I poured about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. I used hatch chili flavored oil since I prefer slightly spicy flavors & these chips are for a spicy hummus. But you could use regular olive oil or even vegetable oil I suppose.
Into my olive oil I stirred about 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Then I used my pastry brush to mix it all up.
Finally I brought out a tortilla and brushed a little seasoned oil on the top surface, adding another tortilla on top of it and repeating until the tops of all of the tortillas had been oiled and stacked.
I used a large knife to cut the stack of tortillas into 6 wedges. You could cut them into 8 wedges if you wanted smaller but more chips. Or sometimes I cut them into 1″ squares instead because it makes a more bite-sized chip and many more of them. Whatever you like works here though.
Baking My Chips
Then I placed the oiled tortillas in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Into a 325-degree Fahrenheit oven they went for about 10 minutes.
When my 10 minutes were up I turned the oven off but allowed the chips to stay in the oven as I prepared my hummus. I figured that time in a turned-off set still-hot oven would just let my chips soak up residual heat and become even crunchier.
RancherMan Gives Double Thumbs Up
When it was all done I brought the ‘pita chips’ out and offered RancherMan a sample to see what he thought.
He loved the thick easy-to-dip chip. And he said they were seasoned perfectly since there was no overpowering flavor that would compete with a dip. Oh, and he said the crispiness was perfect too.
Actually, he said all of these things over & over again.
I think we have a winner, folks! So now I make my own baked ‘pita’ chips using only flour tortillas, olive oil and a quick 10-minute bake time. Hey, quick & easy in the kitchen is my wheelhouse, y’all.
And there was no expensive bag of pita chips for us to purchase & no huge plastic chip bag to dispose of. Plus you really don’t get cheaper than 6 tortillas!
Now if you want a more flavorful chip you can add any number of powdered seasonings along with your salt & pepper. Maybe chili powder & cumin for a Mexican-food theme. Or perhaps paprika for a splash of color with a mildly-spicy flavor boost. Maybe even use a salt-free seasoning in place of the salt for those on a low-sodium diet. The beauty of homemade is that you can customize it to your own tastes!
10-minute Baked Pita Chips
- 6 Flour Tortillas
- 2 Tablespoons Olive or vegetable oil (I used spicy-flavored olive oil)
- 1/2 teaspoon each, salt & pepper (or to taste)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
Mix seasoning and oil together in a small bowl
Brush a small amount of seasoned oil on the top surface of a tortilla, adding another tortilla on top and repeating until the tops of each of the tortillas have been oiled & stacked.
Using a large sharp knife, cut the stack of tortillas into 6 - 8 wedges, depending on how large you wish your finished chip to be.
Arrange the oiled & cut tortilla wedges in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until lightly brown & crispy
NOTE: I'd think you could use this procedure with fresh corn tortillas for baked corn tortilla chips too!
Snacks We Love
- Homemade Honey-Graham Crackers
- Fresh Pico de Gallo
- Homemade Hummus
- Rosemary Crackers w/Olive Oil & Garlic
- Pumpkin Bread (with Cake-Mix Shortcut)
- Cantaloupe Bread w/Pecan Praline Glaze
- Easy Blueberry Muffins
- Fresh Pear Cake
- Rice Krispie Treats With A Chocolate Twist
- Healthier ‘Ice Cream’ Using Bananas & Fruit
- Easy Cookies-n-Cream Ice Cream Cake
- Easiest 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
- Cake-Mix Cookies – Only 3 Ingredients!
- Double Chocolate Banana Chunk Cookies
- Sugar-Free Chocolate No-Bake Cookies
- Triple Chocolate Truffles
- Getting Your Family To Snack On Healthy Veggies
- Watermelon Smoothie (or Daiquiri)
- Rich & Creamy Hot Cocoa
- …And MANY MORE!
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