Food For a Restless Mind

Homemade tortilla chips

The only kind of tortilla chips you can buy here in Tonga are Doritos. Which makes it difficult when you’re trying to be healthy, but you really want nachos. Making my own tortilla chips seemed like a lot of effort but I decided to at least look at a few recipes to see how difficult it was. Turns out it’s super easy.

First up, preheat the oven to 180°C. Now chop up your tortillas. If you have the patience you can make them all perfect triangle shapes like Doritos, but I tend to stack min on top of each other and cut them into rectangles all in one go.

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Put your chopped up bits of tortilla in a bowl with the olive oil and whatever spices you are using, and toss everything together until the tortilla bits are thoroughly coated. Then spread the soon-to-be tortilla chips out on a clean baking tray. You can line it with baking paper for ease of cleaning if you want, but I usually don’t bother.

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Now just pop them in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes depending on how brown you want them. If I’m going to use them for nachos I normally wait until they are light brown all over. This particular batch was to add some crunch to a salad instead of croutons so I took them out once they were slightly crunchy, but not too hard.

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If you’re making nachos just pile these chips together in the middle of the baking tray, top with some chilli, grate cheese over the top then pop it back in the 180°C oven for 5-10 minute or until the cheese is melted to your satisfaction.

Ingredients

  • approx 2 tortillas per person (I used wholemeal tortillas, but any kind with work)
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: 2 tsp of smoked paprika, 1 tsp of jalapeno salt. I change up the spice combination every time I make these so feel free to use whatever spices you prefer. You can also alter the amount of spice you use if you want a stronger flavour. The amount of flavouring I used for this batch is quite low. Enough to taste good, but not enough to overpower the salad dressing.

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Chop up your tortillas. If you have the patience you can make them all perfect triangle shapes like Doritos, but I tend to stack min on top of each other and cut them into rectangles all in one go.
  3. Put your chopped up bits of tortilla in a bowl with the olive oil and whatever spices you are using, and toss everything together until the tortilla bits are thoroughly coated.
  4. Spread the soon-to-be tortilla chips out on a clean baking tray. You can line it with baking paper for ease of cleaning if you want, but I usually don’t bother.
  5. Now just pop them in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes depending on how brown you want them. If I’m going to use them for nachos I normally wait until they are light brown all over. This particular batch was to add some crunch to a salad instead of croutons so I took them out once they were slightly crunchy, but not too hard.
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