Avocado Oil Baked Tortilla Chips

Avocado Oil Baked Tortilla Chips

Made with heart-healthy avocado oil and a pinch of salt, these homemade baked tortilla chips are healthier and just as tasty as store bought.

I’m not usually a crunchy person. When it comes to snacking, some people are all about crackers and chips. Me? I’d much prefer a slice of banana bread, a chewy homemade protein bar, or Greek yogurt.

Baked tortilla chip with salsa

In college, I remember friends asking me how I could be so “self-controlled” around Goldfish and Cheez-Its.

Little did they know that it had nothing to do about “controlling” myself around these foods, but rather just not being interested.

Now, when someone would bring around a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, you can bet I was the first one to dig right in!

The one exception is tortilla chips. But not on their own. No, I want a big bowl of guacamole or salsa to dip them into. Or, better yet, a platter of nachos piled high with beans, guac, sour cream and cheese.

I first decided to make these baked tortilla chips after wondering what to do with the massive amount of corn tortillas I had leftover after making an enchilada casserole.

Sure, I could have whipped up tacos, but to be perfectly honest, I haven’t found a brand of store-bought corn tortillas that I like enough for tacos – they always just crumble.

So enter in homemade baked tortilla chips: just 3 ingredients, healthier than store bought, and an easy way to put those leftover corn tortillas to use.

Corn tortillas and avocado oil

What You’ll Need to Make These Baked Tortilla Chips

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Avocado Oil
  • Salt

That’s it!

However, you can make these your own by adding additional flavorings such a cayenne pepper for a little heat or a squeeze of lime juice for a tangy twist.

What makes homemade tortilla chips healthier than store-bought?

When it comes to buying tortilla chips from the store, it’s so important to read the ingredient list.

While some brands make their chips using just corn or potato, expeller-pressed vegetable oil and salt, others use highly refined oil blends that actually contain trans fats (a.k.a fats that can negatively affect our health).

I also like that you have full control over the sodium content when making your own chips. On a low sodium diet? Skip adding salt and instead sprinkle a sodium-free spice blend!

Bottle of Avocado Oil

Why Avocado Oil?

While you can read my full nutritional break-down of avocado oil in this previous post, briefly, avocado oil is a cooking gem.

High in healthy monounsaturated fats and low in saturated fat, nutritionally it’s very similar to olive oil, but it has a higher smoke point making it ideal for higher heat cooking.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1: Measure out your ingredients and set out a large bowl and baking sheet. Preheat oven to 375oF.

Corn tortillas cut into sixths

Step 2: Cut tortillas into 6 pieces.

If you have a nice, sharp knife, I recommend stacking the tortillas and doing all the cutting at once. Just be sure to keep your hand pressed on top of the tortillas to avoid them moving around too much.

Bowl of tortilla wedges drizzled with avocado oil

Step 3: Place wedges in a large mixing bowl and pour in avocado oil.

Sprinkle generously with salt and toss to coat. I like my chips with a generous amount of salt, so I do one more sprinkle after tossing.

Tray of tortilla wedges

Step 4: Place wedges on a large baking sheet in a single layer.

Note: depending on the size of your baking sheet, you may need to do 3-4 batches. I don’t recommend doing multiple batches at once, as I’ve found the chips cook unevenly.

Step 5: I like to do one final sprinkle of salt, but that’s up to you. If adding lime juice, cayenne pepper, or other seasoning, I’d sprinkle it on now.

Step 6: Bake for 7 minutes, flip, and then cook another 7-9 minutes or until golden brown but not burnt.

Tray of baked tortilla chips

Step 7: Remove from oven and repeat with remaining wedges.

Bowl of baked tortilla chips

Keep chips in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Tortilla chip dipped into salsa

What will you serve with these homemade chips?

The first time I made these, I used them to scoop up an easy Mexican quinoa skillet, but by far my favorite use has been in Fit Foodie Finds’ Loaded Chicken Nachos.

Let me know how you use these homemade chips by tagging @TheHealthyToast_RD on Instagram or commenting on Pinterest!  

Bowl of homemade tortilla chips

Healthy Avocado Oil Baked Tortilla Chips

Made with heart-healthy avocado oil and a pinch of salt, these homemade corn tortilla chips are healthier and just as tasty as store bought.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Avocado Oil, Baked Tortilla Chips, Homemade Tortilla Chips
Servings: 6
Calories: 121kcal
Author: Kelli

Ingredients

  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt or more to taste
  • Optional: pinch of cayenne pepper for a little heat or lime juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Cut tortillas into wedges and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add oil and salt, tossing to coat.
  • Place wedges on prepared baking sheet in an even layer and roast for 14-18 minutes, flipping halfway through. Depending on the size of your baking sheet, you may need to do 3-4 batches.
  • Remove from oven and repeat with remaining wedges.
  • Keep cooked chips in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

Nutrition for ⅙ of recipe (12 chips): 121 calories, 4 g fat (<0.5 g saturated fat), 398 mg sodium, 20 g carb, 3 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 2 g protein
Tortilla chip pinterest image
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