One day, my daughter Celia came home from school and asked if she could eat some chips. I said, “How about if we make some chips?” Celia responded, “Mom, you know how to make chips? But I don’t think they’re very healthy.”
Celia knows that I’m a little crazy about making healthy food, but, let’s be clear here. First of all, I’m not a fanatic, and second of all, homemade chips actually are pretty healthy.
These homemade tortilla chips are lots of fun to make with your kids and are truly irresistible straight out of the oven. (Well, you should let them cool for a few minutes before chowing down on them.) Plus, if you eat ¼ of the chips, you’ll only be eating about 170 calories, with about 7% of that from fat, and 4 grams of fiber, so you can enjoy your snack in good conscience!
We like to dip our chips in chunky salsa (look for brands like Pace, which have no added sugar) for an even healthier and more zesty snack!
What are some of your favorite homemade snacks to make with or for your kids? Please share them with me in the comments below!
Here are some related recipes and activities I thought you and your family might enjoy exploring:
Cinnamon Tortilla Chips with Fruit Salsa: http://recipes.kaboose.com/cinnamon-tortilla-chips-with-fruit-salsa.html
Kids Chips, Cheese and Turkey Cooking Challenge: http://www.activitytv.com/7-chips-cheese-and-turkey
Make your own tortillas: http://www.cooking-mexican-recipes.com/corn-tortilla-recipe.html
Recipe: Homemade Tortilla Chips
A quick and easy baked tortilla chip recipe.
- 8-10 corn tortillas
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt, or to taste
- 1 cup salsa (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the vegetable oil in a small bowl, and, using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top and bottom of one corn tortilla with the oil. Put the tortilla on a cutting board, and brush the top of the next tortilla with oil, putting the non-oiled side on top of the first tortilla so they share any extra oil. Continue with the remaining tortillas, brushing only the top side and stacking them.
- Cut the tortillas into eighths (a pizza cutter or kitchen shears work great for this), cutting across the middle so they are triangle shaped, and spread them on one or two large baking sheets in a single layer. Sprinkle them evenly with the salt.
- Bake them for about 15 minutes until they are lightly browned and crisp, but remove them from the oven before they get dark brown. Serve them with salsa, if desired.