Tortilla chips are crunchy, delicious and the epitome of what you can expect from a good snack meal. They are a real treat of sweet and salty flavor that is simply addictive. But their taste isn't all that makes the crispy version of classic tortillas so popular.
The ease and speed of preparation, as well as the variety of flavors and combinations that come with tortilla chips, allows everyone to enjoy their own version of their favorite snack. So if you want to whip up a homemade side dish for dips, salads, quiches and more in no time, tortilla chips are the perfect choice. We'll tell you how to turn homemade tortillas into delicious chips.
But first, what are tortilla chips anyway?
Tortilla chips are traditional snacks of Latin American cuisine that have become an essential part of snack and movie nights almost everywhere in the world. They are made from either corn tortillas or wheat tortillas, which are fried in hot fat with spices, oil and salt. Then the crispy, salty tortilla chips are served with cheese, spicy salsa or other variations.
Whether you snack on the delicious chips right out of your hand, let them bathe in dip, or roll them up in a tasty tortilla patty, these little snacks are a convenient treat with (almost) any meal, big or small - and we'll tell you how to prepare them!
How to prepare your own tortilla chips quickly and easily
The first step is to prepare your own homemade tortilla chips and all you need is flour, water, salt and olive oil. First, mix all these ingredients in a large bowl and knead them until the dough is soft, smooth and elastic. To make a lot of work easier for you, the dough now goes into the tortilla press, where flat and equal-sized patties are created. Then fry the tortilla patties in a preheated skillet over medium-high heat on both sides until the edges are lightly browned.
To make crispy chips out of the delicious tortillas, cut them bit by bit into disc-shaped segments. To keep the tortillas that are not under your knife crispy, you can store them in the tortilla warmer until they are cut into small pieces. Finished chopping? Then heat enough vegetable oil in a deep pot on medium heat and add the cut segments of tortillas until they are golden brown. Remove them with a slotted spoon and let a paper towel soak up the excess fat.
In the final step, sprinkle the crispy morsels with salt, garlic powder or a spice blend of your choice. If you like it extra crispy, put the tortilla chips in an oven preheated to 175° C until they are lightly browned. Now you need self-control: Enjoy your homemade tortilla chips only after they have cooled down, otherwise you will burn your mouth!
And what can you eat your homemade tortilla chips with?
Tortilla chips can be used as a versatile snack as a tasty garnish on various savory dishes. In Mexican dishes, they are popular with chili, tacos, empanadas, quesadillas or salsas. As a crunchy surprise, tortilla chips also taste delicious with a fresh salad or over a hearty gratin.
In summary, these tasty chips made from corn tortillas or wheat tortillas are the perfect accomplice to a truckload of delicious dips and sauces, including guacamole, salsa and cheese dips. One thing we can promise you: Show up at your next bash with your homemade tortilla chips, and they (and you) are guaranteed to be the hit of the party!