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Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

July 12, 2019 (Last Updated: January 25, 2020) by Chris Collins

Making your own Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips from scratch couldn’t be more simple. With just 3 ingredients, you’ll never get store bought again!

closeup overhead shot of hand holding tortilla chips with plenty more blurred in the background

Homemade Tortilla Chips

When it comes to making your own tortilla chips, it truly couldn’t be easier. Yes, it’s a little more fuss than grabbing a bag from the shops BUT, they are beyond delicious. Same great taste, same crispy texture and probably a lot healthier. First things first, let’s see what you’ll need:

Homemade Tortilla Chip Ingredients

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

That’s it! You can switch things up with the seasoning. Combos I enjoy are: rosemary & garlic, smoked paprika and bbq seasoning. But for just regular lightly salted chips, just plain old salt will do the trick.

Can you use flour tortillas – The answer is yes, and I have many times before. They will still come out crispy, but you miss that classic corn chip taste. Also, I find corn tortillas tend to be skinner, so therefore they do tend to come out ever-so-slightly more crisp.

Homemade Tortilla Chips Ingredients - wraps, olive oil and salt

Baked Tortilla Chips

When it comes to how to cook tortilla chips, the most popular method appears to be shallow frying. This is usually to mimic the popular Mexican snack totopos. However, I’ve already gone out of my way to make my own tortilla chips, there’s no way I’m messing about with oil etc. Chuck them in the oven, flip them once and you’re good to go. They’ll come out just as crispy – promise 🙂

How to bake Tortilla Chips (quick summary)

  1. Combine salt and oil, then brush both sides of each of your tortilla wraps.
  2. Stack and slice into 8.
  3. Space out on an oven tray. Bake, flip and cool on a wire rack.
Top Tip #1 – Use tortilla wraps that are around 8″ in diameter for the perfect sized chip.

how to make tortilla chips in the oven - 3 step by step photos

Crispy Tortilla Chips

The key to your tortilla chips coming out crispy is spreading them out on the tray. This is so they don’t steam and have the best opportunity to roast undisturbed. Use two or more trays if you have to!

The next step is letting them cool. As they cool down, the last bit of steam, and therefore moisture, will seep out of the chips and in turn, leave them nice and crispy. When they’re first out the oven, they might seem ever-so-soft, but they will crisp as they rest.

Top Tip #2 – If your chips begin to bubble, this is merely trapped hot air. It’s dependent on the type of tortilla, but if this happens after the first batch, stab the next batch with a sharp knife (just once) so the air can escape during baking.

How to store Tortilla Chips?

Honestly, my first advice is to just make sure they’ll all gone so there’s nothing to store. Homemade chips are more susceptible to going soft/stale in comparison to store bought chips (because they retain more moisture). Having said that if you were to store them, ensure they completely cool (so as much moisture leaves as possible) and store in a ziplock bag with as much air removed as possible.

overhead shot of tortilla chips fresh out the oven on a wire rack

And there we have it! Perfect baked tortilla chips which are crispy.

How to make Crispy Baked Tortilla Chips (quick summary)

  • Use 8″ corn tortillas.
  • Space out and cook in batches.
  • Stab with a knife if they begin to bubble.
  • Allow to cool before tucking in.

Dips for Tortilla Chips

Okay, who’s ready to tuck in to the full baked tortilla chip recipe?

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips in a pot with guac and lime in the background

How to make Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips (Full Recipe)

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips

Making your own Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips from scratch couldn't be more simple. With just 3 ingredients, you'll never get store bought again! Makes 64 chips.
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Servings (click & slide): 8
Course: Appetizer / Starter
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Calories per serving: 82kcal
Cost per serving: 5p / 5c


  • Sharp Knife
  • Brush
  • Small pot (for oil)
  • Large Baking Tray
  • Wire Rack

Ingredients (check list):

  • 8 8" Corn Tortilla Wraps
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste


  • Preheat oven to 180c (365f). 
  • Combine oil & salt, then brush each side or your tortillas. Stack them, then slice into 8.
  • Evenly spread out on a large oven tray & bake in the oven for 5-6mins, or until they begin to brown around the edges. Take out, flip and pop back in the oven for another 4-8mins or until golden. Be very vigilant with these, they go from perfect to burnt in no time. In my experience different brands of tortillas result in slightly different cooking times.
  • Take out the oven and rest on a wire rack to cool. As they cool, they will begin to crisp a little more.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Flour Tortillas - You can use flour tortillas, they'll still come out great BUT just ever-so-slightly less crispy and you'll miss out on that classic corn chip taste.
b) Cooking Times - These chips will go from perfect to burnt in a very short space of time, just be vigilant to ensure they don't overcook. With the same token, do cook longer than instructed if you need to, just don't turn up the heat.
c) Space them out - It's important to space them out so they don't steam. Use 2 or more trays if you have to.
d) Air Bubbles - If you notice air bubbles forming in the chips as they bake, stab once with a knife (and then stab the remaining ones before they go in the oven). This is largely dependent on the type of tortilla, but it's just air trying to escape the chips.
e) Cooling - Leaving them to cool is important. They'll come out the oven more on the softer side but as they cool they become beautifully crunchy.
f) Calories - Based on sharing between 8 people.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
Amount Per Serving
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.06g6%
Saturated Fat 0.575g3%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.696g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.629g
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 10.71g4%
Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugar 0.21g0%
Protein 1.37g3%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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