Casual Snackery! – Tortilla Chips

We may be geeks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to create great things in the kitchen. Some of the best dishes – even snacks! – can be made quickly and easily as long as you know what you’re doing. Let’s get cooking!

One morning, I went to make quesadillas for breakfast and discovered – much to my disappointment – that the corn tortillas I bought from Amazon Fresh had been delivered in… not the best state. There was no way the tortillas would support being filled with cheese and folded over. So, I decided to make the best of a bad situation and make some chips.

This is one of the easiest snacks to make, since all you really need is the tortillas and some oil. And some salt, I guess, depending on your tastes.

Break up as many corn tortillas as you think you want to turn into chips. With a mostly-intact pile of tortillas, I usually chop them up into sixths. With these mostly-damaged tortillas, though, I just kind of crumbled them a bit until they were little chip-sized pieces. Once they’re broken up, let them sit for a bit to dry them out.

When my mother would make tortilla chips – and remember, I get most of my cooking ideas from having watched my mother cook – she would let the tortillas sit overnight to dry out, because they cook better that way. Again, I’m lazy and impatient, so I’ll just let them sit for about 20 minutes, maybe half an hour.

Take enough oil to cover the first group of chips and heat it up in a pan on the stove for a couple minutes. Test the oil with some drops of water, if the water dances on the oil when you drop it on, the oil is ready to go. Once the oil is heated, toss some of the tortilla bits in.

When the chips feel crispy and just starting to brown, fish them out of the pan and set them in a bowl lined with a paper towel to sop up any excess oil. Toss a pinch of salt over top and repeat the process until all your tortilla bits have been fried.

Of course, if you have a deep fryer, this process is even easier. Getting the oil right and dropping the basket filled with tortillas for a couple of minutes is no problem. I have no problems doing it either way.

Once you have your tortillas fried and sopped and salted, take whatever dips or toppers your heart desires and snack away.


  • Professor Chaos

    looks yummy

    • Huh. I didn’t think people were still looking at the site… I probably should’ve held off on the Disqus thing…

      • Professor Chaos

        i also linked this article on the daily hang

        • Why?

          • Professor Chaos

            more views to see your chips

          • Well… hopefully Indeed isn’t annoyed…

          • Professor Chaos


          • Professor Chaos

            he upvoted the comment to the link

          • OK… like I said… I’m killing the daily open threads, so I hope everyone hangs out there. And, you know, comes here and looks at shit but only comments on what the article is about…

  • RudoWakening

    Have you ever tried flavouring the tortillas before letting them get stale or do you just go with the above approach?

  • For the record, there will be no more daily threads here at the Geekery. This is now simply topic based. I fully endorse The Daily Hang as a place for any and all open threads.


    Those look delicious!

  • ProjectBlue

    YMMV but I’ve had better luck using a cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet for post frying hold over. Depending on how much I’m making the beginning stuff tends to get soggy or stick to the towels while finishing stuff up.

    • The cooling rack over the cookie sheet is a useful way to go, especially when you’re making a lot of chips. My mom definitely does that with hers. For a small load of chips, though, done quick and not meant to sit out for a while, the covered bowl tends to work fine, I think.

      • ProjectBlue

        Very true, rack’s definitely more of a “making for a crowd” set up or something like eggplant parm where you might have some down time between the fry and the sauce/cheese addition

  • I enjoy the food posts here.

  • I still only sort of understand everything that’s happened here over the past couple of days, but I’ll keep checking out the cookery posts and a few other things. I hope it works out how you want it to.

    Now I want nachos.

  • Casual_Kenny_Reigns

    Those look great!!

  • Seems like a lot of trouble. I can buy saltless Donkey Chips and be perfectly happy.

  • DAJackson7

    Yeah this needs to turn into a weekly thing so i can learn to cook something