Saturday, February 25, 2012

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips!

I owed my friend homemade corn tortilla chips and guacamole because i told her i would make it for her....9 months ago... better late than never! these tortilla chips tasted like they came from a mexican restaurant! fresh and crispy, these chips are perfect for salsa or guacamole :] 

take 1 cup of masa harina flour (yes, this exact brand!) and then add 4.5 oz of water. this amount of water was extremely perfect for 1 cup of flour, but if you need to add more just add 1 tablespoon at a time. you're looking for a soft dough that does not stick to your hands after mixing the flour and water together after a couple minutes. 

add a dash of salt and mix the dough together until it forms a nice soft dough like this! 

wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for half an hour so it'll be possible to roll the dough out pretty thin. i accidentally left the dough in the fridge for three hours because i fell asleep...

i used my scale to divide the dough into 8 equal sized balls, but you can also just approximate. 

put them in a tightly closed container so they don't lose their moisture. 

then take a ball and one of those huge ziploc freezer bags and place the ball inside 

then i used a small pyrex glass tupperware to flatten the ball

while the dough is still inside the freezer bag, i rolled it out very, very thinly with my rolling pin

i took the dough out of the freezer bag (very carefully! or else it'll rip!) and then i used that same tupperware to cut the edges, since the edges looked really gross.. 
i used the excess to make more tortillas so no waste!

the size of my tupperware was perfect! i couldn't get over how pretty they looked while i was cutting them out!  

after cutting them, make sure you cover them to prevent the moisture from leaving the tortillas.
heat up a skillet with vegetable oil on medium and then cook each side of the tortilla. 

beautiful! i added a little more vegetable oil on the skillet after each turn so each side would be golden brown. 

my stack of finished tortillas :) you can use these for tostadas, mamacitas! or you can continue reading if you wanna make nachos!

cut the tortillas like this! 

then season both sides of the chips with vegetable oil, salt, and pepper and bake at 400 degrees until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. 

i really hope you try this recipe! it's super easy to make and you'll never want to buy tortilla chips from the store again!

ingredient list
(makes about 10 tortillas)
1 cup masa harina flour
4.5 ounces of water
a couple shakes of salt
vegetable oil


  1. Never tried homemade corn tortilla before. I should try this really soon...

  2. Healthy, tasty and oh so simple! I really like recipes that allow you to have guilty pleasures like this in a healthy way!

  3. I really want to try this... tonight! But we don't have that brand of flour here in Barbados :( I'll try with what we have and then comment @brokentrident.

    1. Did you make it?? Did everything work out? Let me know if you had any complications or have any questions!

      If mass harina flour isn't available to you, regular all purpose flour should work I think...but I haven't tried it so not too sure!

    2. I made this with regular white flour and it turned out great! However, I had to more than double the flour because it was way too wet. Once I got my ratio down it was a tasty treat

  4. I absolutely love Mexican chips. I would love it if I could learn how to make them, I would throw fiestas all the time, if I could. I would definitely be the life of the party.

    Jim Tracy |

  5. I think masa harina is any kind of corn flour that's been processed with lime (calcium carbonate) in order for it to be more digestible and free up the niacin in the corn in order to make it more nutritious and tasty.

    I bought this brand online and it works and taste great. You're right! Homemade tastes so much better than store bought and no huge bag sitting around begging to be eaten.