Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

In this post I offer a short frying oil tutorial and how to make easy homemade corn tortilla chips for a fun evening snack or delicious nachos. #womenlivingwell #nachos #tortilla #chips

Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen is back with a little frying 101 lesson for us! AND this fun and easy way to homemake your own Tortilla Chips and WOW your family!

Janelle writes:

This is such an easy way to make your own tortilla chips with store bought corn tortillas. There is just something special about serving warm chips with homemade salsa…your guests are going to love these

The first step in making anything fried is to make sure you have the right oil:

Frying Oil 101

I recommend using an oil that has a high “smoke point” — the temperature to which it can be heated without smoking. When an oil smokes-watch out, it is ready to burn! (not so tasty!) Here are some easy tips:

Good Oils for Frying at High Heat: Safflower, Sunflower, Peanut, Soy Oils, Vegetable , Canola , Refined Almond, Avacado, Cottonseed.

Not So Good Oils for Frying at High Heat: Butter, Margarine, Olive Oil

The second step is deciding what to fry your recipe in! I use a Wok…yes, just a Wok! It works great. You can also use a “Fry Daddy” or a regular deep-frying pan. Chances are you already have something in your cupboards you can use for frying! 

Start off with store bought (or homemade!) corn tortillas. I stack about 10. Use a pizza cutter to cut a cross in the center.

Then, cut another cross in the opposite direction- there will be 8 triangles

Place tortilla triangles into hot oil. I used a wok and peanut oil- my burner was on the highest it could go. It only takes about 2 mins to cook until lightly golden. Keep a watch!

With a slotted spoon take the chips out of the wok and place on a plate covered with 2 paper towels. Let drain/cool for about 2 more mins before serving.

Serve with Homemade Salsa!  OR top with cheese, beans, beef, jalapenos, and sour cream and broil in the oven on high heat (5 mins) for some yummy nachos.

EASY Corn Tortilla Chips
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  • 10 Corn Tortillas
  • 2 cups Peanut Oil
  • Salt
  1. Heat oil in wok on high heat
  2. Stack tortillas
  3. Slice tortillas with a pizza cutter into a cross
  4. Then slice into another cross in the opposite direction
  5. Place chips in wok and fry until golden (takes about 2 mins)
  6. With a slotted spoon take chips out and let dry on a plate covered with 2 paper towels-season with salt
  7. Serve warm!

Thank you so much Janelle for the 101 lesson!  I have never made my chips before –but there’s a first time for everything!

Walk with the King,

*Janelle is a woman who is dependent upon Jesus, a mom, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and an advocate for meal ministry. You can find her displaying step-by-step photos of her recipes, giving devotionals, and sharing meal ministry stories on her blog. You can follow Janelle’s blog at ComfyInTheKitchen.com.


  1. Several of the oils recommended are usually GMO and/or have trans-fats. A better frying oil that is actually very good for your body is virgin coconut oil. No trans-fats, non-GMO and can fry/bake at high temperatures without creating any trans-fats or going rancid on the shelf.

  2. I was actually thinking the same thing as Mrs. B. Some of these oils, while they may taste good, are not good at all for our health. Coconut oil is flavorless (if you buy expeller-pressed), good for you, and perfect for frying anything and everything! And the corn tortillas should be non-gmo as well, which the only way to guarantee that is to get organic. I hope this comment doesn’t sound critical, as it’s not meant to be that way at all. It’s just that as someone who is experiencing chronic health issues and knowing that more and more women are, I want people to be aware of the dangers of genetically modified foods and what they are doing to our health. Most people just don’t know about this stuff. I didn’t, and that’s part of the reason I’m in this situation now.

  3. I make these as a special treat for my kids … AS A SWEET TREAT… we sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on them right when they are hot from the oil (it sticks that way). Eat as is or serve with ice cream … oooh, and a little caramel sauce or hot fudge.

  4. They always say olive oil is not good for frying but I use it or coconut exclusively. I fry my own tortilla chips (corn and flour) in it and it turns out good every time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. just wondering…
    how many will this serve? approximately
    since I live alone… I hesitate at making recipes that do not say.
    Thanks in advance

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