Tortilla Crisps


Tortilla Crisps

Tortilla Crisps

Tiritas de Tortilla
Pati Jinich
Course: Garnish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Baked, corn tortillas, crisps, crunchy, fried, tortilla chips, traditional
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
How to make homemade tortilla crisps, either by frying or baking.


  • 5 corn tortillas, (5- to 6-inches wide)
  • Safflower or corn oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more or less to taste

To Prepare

  • On a chopping board, slice tortillas in half and then vertically in half again. Then slice across in strips of 1/4 to 1/2 inch, depending on how thick you like them.
Traditional (fried):
  • In a medium skillet, add 1/4 inch oil and place over medium-high heat. Once it is hot, anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes, add tortilla pieces. When you add a tortilla to the oil, it should immediately start to bubble. Fry, stirring and flipping occasionally, until they achieve a golden tan and slightly brown color and are hard and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate covered with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or gently brush a baking sheet with corn or safflower oil. Place tortilla pieces on top and spray or gently brush a light layer of oil. Judiciously sprinkle with salt to taste. Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes, stirring and flipping once or twice until they achieve a golden tan and slightly brown color and appear hard and crisp.Remove from oven, let them cool and place in a bowl or container.

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