Homemade Tortilla Chips (Baked or Fried)

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We don’t eat a ton of chips in our house (unless it’s kale chips.) But sometimes taco night calls for some homemade tortilla chips. Here’s how to easily make your own tortilla chips that are naturally gluten-free and healthier.

Fried vs. Baked Tortilla Chips

I’ve included directions for how to make yummy homemade chips 3 different ways. You can use the oven for a baked version, fry them on the stovetop, or use the air fryer. Of course, the baked and air-fried versions won’t have as much fat in them, but I don’t worry about that too much as long as it’s a healthy fat.

A lot of recipes call for vegetable oils like canola oil, but here we’re using tallow or coconut oil. They aren’t high in inflammatory Omega-6s like canola, corn, or soy oil. And while I love olive oil in my salad dressing, I don’t like cooking with it. Because olive oil is high in monounsaturated fat it’s more easily oxidized at high temperatures.

Gluten-Free Tortilla Chips

Most tortilla chips are made with corn instead of flour tortillas, so they’re naturally gluten-free. Our family avoids a lot of grains, but sometimes I like a good chip. It’s no secret I love Mexican food, and tortilla chips come with the territory.

Ever since I’ve gotten my auto-immune disease into remission, my body can handle some grains now and then.

Easy Recipes to Serve With Homemade Chips

Tortilla chips are only as good as what you serve them with though. They’re great as an appetizer, snack, or side dish. I usually use cassava flour chips in my BBQ chicken nachos, but homemade tortilla chips would also work. Here are a few more serving and dipping ideas.

Homemade Tortilla Chips Recipe

Make delicious, crispy tortilla chips at home with organic corn tortillas and sea salt. Bake, air fry, or deep fry.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Calories 266kcal
Author Katie Wells





  • 24 corn tortillas
  • ¼ tsp salt

Oil for cooking, (I prefer tallow or coconut oil)

  • 2 TBSP coconut oil (for air frying or baking)
  • 2 cups tallow (or coconut oil, for deep frying)


  • Place the tortillas in a stack and use a sharp knife to cut the whole stack into quarters to make tortilla triangles.

Deep Frying Instructions

  • Line a bowl with paper towels.
  • To deep fry, add 1-2 cups tallow or cooking oil to a large skillet.
  • Heat over medium-high heat until the temperature reaches about 350°F. You don’t have to use a thermometer. You can test the temperature by dropping a little piece of tortilla into the oil. If it immediately starts bubbling and floating the oil is hot enough.
  • Drop the tortilla pieces into the hot oil one at a time until there is a single layer cooking.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes until the tortillas just start to turn golden brown around the edges and the bubbling slows.
  • Use tongs to flip them and cook 1 minute more.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the finished fried tortilla chips into the prepared bowl and sprinkle with salt.
  • Repeat frying and flipping until all the tortillas are used.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Air Frying and Baking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven or air fryer to 350°F.
  • Spread the tortilla pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet or in a fryer basket (working in batches if necessary).
  • Brush with coconut oil or spritz with coconut oil cooking spray and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake/air fry until lightly browned and crispy. About 5-7 minutes for the air fryer and 10-15 minutes for the oven.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Tortilla Chips Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 266 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 144mg6%
Potassium 193mg6%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 2IU0%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


You can cut your tortilla wedges into whatever size you like. My family likes their homemade corn tortilla chips a little bigger so I cut them in quarters, but you can cut them into sixths or even eighths. They will cook faster though if you cut them smaller, so keep an eye on them.
Storage: Keep your homemade chips in an airtight container at room temperature.

What do you like to serve with your tortilla chips? Leave a comment and let me know!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


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