Better than store-bought, these homemade air fryer tortilla chips are unbelievably easy to make. All you need are corn tortillas, a little spray oil, and 5 minutes in the air fryer for deliciously crispy tortilla chips that go perfectly with salsas, dips, and nachos.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
- Restaurant tortilla chips and most store-bought versions are deep fried, but recreating that at home is less than ideal. Hot oil, grease splatters, and have you ever tasted a tortilla chip that soaked up too much oil that gave it an awful texture? Air fried tortilla chips are lighter than deep fried chips, without all the mess, but just as crispy and crunchy. The best of everything!
- Making these chips seriously could NOT be easier. All you have to do is cut tortillas into chip shapes and then air fryer them for about 5 minutes. This is great for both individual servings and making a big batch of chips for a group.
- The leftovers keep well, so there’s no harm in making more than you need for a serving. Just let them cool and pop them in a zippered plastic bag. They’ll stay crisp for 2 weeks or so.
Corn Tortillas – Flour tortillas will also work, but the corn tortillas turn out crispier, so that’s what I usually go with. If you’re low carb or keto, you can use low-carb tortilla chips or even EggLife wraps or Crepini wraps.
Spray Oil – For the best results, use an olive oil that doesn’t contain any other ingredients, just olive oil. Also, avoid aerosol sprays as they can damage the coating on the air fryer basket.
- Feel free to add a little flavor to your air fryer tortilla chips. Lime juice is a great addition, and you could use ranch seasoning for a more Doritos-style chip, or sprinkle on a little cayenne pepper for some heat. For a more churro-esque chip, sprinkle on some cinnamon and sugar (or brown sugar) to sweetened them up.
- While I used a basket-style air fryer, you can do this with an oven-style instead! Just spread the tortilla chips out in single layers on the racks, and rotate the racks when you flip the tortilla chips over at the halfway point.
- If your air fryer is pretty powerful, you’ll notice that the tortilla chips blow around a bit. Check them and rearrange them as needed to ensure they cook evenly.
Other Air Fryer Recipes You Should Try
- Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets (Chick-Fil-A Style)
- Pizza Rolls in the Air Fryer
- Homemade Air Fryer Meatballs
- Air Fryer Salmon with Brown Sugar Crust
- Air Fryer Potato Skins
- 8 6-inch yellow corn tortillas
- spray olive oil see Notes
- coarse salt
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Air fryer
- Preheat air fryer to 350° Fahrenheit. Stack all 8 corn tortillas on cutting board, one tortilla on top of another. Use sharp knife to quarter tortillas, creating 4 wedge-shape tortilla chips from each tortilla.
- Spray air fryer basket lightly with olive oil. Place tortilla chips in air fryer basket, being careful not to overcrowd basket (cook in multiple batches if needed). Lightly spray tops of tortilla chips with olive oil and sprinkle coarse salt over.
- Place basket in air fryer. Cook chips at 350° Fahrenheit for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, remove basket and use tongs to flip chips over. If desired, spray chips again and sprinkle more salt over. Return basket to air fryer and cook 2 to 3 additional minutes or until tortilla chips are crispy. Remove from air fryer and serve.
- Cooking Spray: For best results, make sure to use pure olive oil without any additional ingredients. Also, you want to make sure you’re using a spray oil that’s safe for the air fryer.
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