Homemade tortilla chips

Homemade tortilla chips are crispy and sprinkled with salt. They are surprisingly quick and simple to whip up!

Frying your own crispy perfection is easy to do and only requires a few simple steps. It will definitely be hard to share this goodness with others, especially if you’re dipping them in Salsa Verde, Homemade Salsa, or Black Bean and Corn Salsa.

Homemade tortilla chips made from corn tortillas in basket.

Restaurant Style Chips!

I am obsessed with chips and salsa. It may be my favorite part of going out to eat at a Mexican restaurant. I am also a chips and salsa snob, there are definitely places I prefer to patronage for this reason.

But really, I need look no further than my own kitchen for this tasty goodness. Frying up your own restaurant quality chips is really quite simple.

With just a few steps you too will be crunching on some salty goodness. Just pair these homemade tortilla chips with your favorite salsa for a tasty night out in your own house!

Cut up tortillas on cutting board.

How to Make Homemade Tortilla Chips

DRY. Homemade tortilla chips fry better when the tortillas are a LITTLE dried out. Lay out on paper towels or wax paper for a few hours before cutting. Or you can dry them in the oven, by laying out in a single layer on a baking sheet and baking at 200 for 10 minutes.

CUT. Cut each tortilla into 6 triangle shaped wedges.

HEAT. Add oil to your skillet and fill to about ¼ inch high on the sides and heat over Medium heat to about 350 degrees F..

Note: You can test the heat of the oil by adding a small piece of tortilla to it and it sizzles (you want it around 350 degrees).

FRY. Fry the tortilla pieces in batches (you want them to change color just lightly – not browned – and get crispy), about 3-4 minutes, making sure to place on a paper towel lined plate when done.

SEASON & SERVE. Sprinkle with salt while warm. Serve warm with salsa (red salsa or green salsa).

Corn tortilla pieces being fried in oil for homemade tortilla chips.

Frying Tips

Oil: You can use vegetable, peanut oil or canola oil. You will need at least ¼ inch of oil in the skillet you use. I set the burner to medium high and then adjust it accordingly.

To test if the oil is ready, place a corner of a tortilla slice in the oil. It should bubble and sizzle right away. The chips cook quite quickly so you’ll need to be watching carefully. 

If it browns too rapidly, then the oil is too hot and you need to reduce the heat. 

Season the chips: A bit of salt is all you need to finish off these chips, but you can also use other seasonings. Some great flavors include garlic or onion salt. You can also use cayenne pepper for a bit of heat. No matter what seasoning you use, be sure to add it right after removing the chips from the oil.

Homemade corn tortilla chips draining on a papertowel

Serving and Storing

Chips and salsa is a classic combo. These homemade tortilla chips also taste great served with some of our favorite savory dips:

Storage: Store the cooled chips in an airtight container or a ziploc bag. They will easily last for 3 days. You can keep them longer but they will start to become stale.

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips recipe close up image with salsa and guac.

Serve chips and salsa on the side of these mexican entrees:

Homemade Tortilla Chips Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Homemade tortilla chips are crispy and sprinkled with salt. They are surprisingly quick and simple to whip up!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 113 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 8 corn tortillas
  • ¾-1 cup vegetable oil
  • kosher salt or other coarse salt, to taste


  • Tortilla chips fry better when the tortillas are a little dried out. You can lay them out on paper towels or wax paper for a few hours before cutting, or dry them in the oven: Lay tortillas out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  • Cut each tortilla into 6 triangle-shaped wedges.
  • Add enough oil to a large skillet to fill about ¼ inch high and heat over medium heat to about 350 degrees F. You can test the heat of the oil by adding a small piece of tortilla to it; if the oil is hot enough, the tortilla should sizzle.
  • Working in batches, fry tortilla triangles in the hot oil until color changes just slightly and pieces are crispy, 3–4 minutes. Place on a paper towel–lined plate when done.
  • Sprinkle chips with salt while warm. Serve warm with salsa.



Baking Instructions: Place tortilla triangles in a large bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Toss until lightly coated. Spread triangles in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for an additional 4–5 minutes. Remove from the oven and season with more salt.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to try homemade tortilla chips. You made it so easy and they turned out great. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    We love making our own tortilla chips!! We go through a lot of tortilla chips, so making them has been fun & we always have the ingredients on hand! So much better than store bought!

  3. 5 stars
    I had older tortillas and made these chips out of them, they made for the best movie night snack! Loved them, they are such a great way to use leftover tortillas after taco night!

  4. 5 stars
    Just wanted you to know that we make these chips ALL the time! They are so easy to make and are so delicious! We love them.

  5. 5 stars
    I make your chicken tacos at least once a month and have started using this recipe for the leftover corn tortillas. My kids love the homemade chips