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Zesty Baked Tortilla Chips

Throughout this month, I’ve been committed to not wasting food. From juicing vegetable and fruit scraps to turning leftover pasta into a completely different meal, I get a certain type of satisfaction from my new found commitment. Motivated more by the economics of not throwing food out, I love the creative challenge of coming up with new and tasty dishes to serve my family.

A couple weeks ago, I hosted (along with my sister) a large celebratory gathering of about forty people in our home. We kept the menu simple by serving a food truck style taco bar. However, I had a ton of leftover corn tortillas I had purchased at a large warehouse store. Every time I open my refrigerator, I saw those tortillas and it bothered me. So tonight, I decided to use them in an entirely different way.

Inspired by Trader Joe’s Spicy Soy and Flaxseed Tortilla Chips, I came up with my own zesty spicy blend which includes ground flaxseeds. Only taking a few minutes to prepare and one of those types of recipes kids should easily be able to assist you with, these chips are awesome! Not only that, what a great way to use leftover tortillas which would otherwise sit in the refrigerator or end up in the garbage. Enjoy!

Make three equal cuts so that each tortilla makes 6 chips.

Massaging the spices to make a uniformed blend works way better than just mixing the spices in a bowl.  The best way I’ve found to do this is to add the spices to a food-grade bag and rub the spices with my fingers on the outside of the bag.

I love mixing the spices with the unbaked tortillas in a sealed bag as a fuss free (not to mention mess free) way to coat each chip uniformly.  Kids will love helping you with this step.

Look how beautiful they are in the bag!

Ready to go in the oven.

Voilà! Crispy baked chips!

Zesty Baked Tortilla Chips

Zesty baked tortilla chips are a healthier version of a popular snack food.



  • Eight 6-inch corn tortillas
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line the tortillas on a cookie sheet or cutting board in a single layer (you may have to do this in two batches).
  3. Generously spray and coat the tortillas with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Turn the tortillas over and generously spray the other side.
  5. Stack the tortillas on top of each other and evenly cut 3 times to make 6 chips per tortilla.
  6. Add the cheese, garlic salt, flaxseed, onion powder, chili powder, and paprika to a large freezer bag and seal. Massage the spice blend with your fingers on the outside of the bag until the spices are well mix.
  7. Add the tortillas to the bag and seal. Gently shake the bag until the chips are evenly coated with the spices. Divide the chips between two cookie sheets. Make sure the chips are lined in a single layer without overlapping. Coat the chips with cooking spray again.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes then rotate the chips. Bake an additional 5-8 minutes until the chips are crispy.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow the chips to cool before serving.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Yield: 4

Alice-Currah-169x215Alice Currah is the publisher of popular food blog, Savory Sweet Life. Her approachable everyday recipes are accompanied by beautiful step by step photos and have been featured online at Martha Stewart, Real Simple, The Pioneer Woman, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Saveur, iVillage and many more. In March 2010, Forbes.com featured Alice as one of “Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers.” You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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