Tortilla & Tortilla Chips Making Process

What are tortilla and tortilla chips

Tortillas are stapled food in the Mexican diet. Tortillas are nutritious and can be eaten with varieties of food. They come in various shapes and sizes such as thin, rectangle, triangle, round, and flat. Tortillas are made from either corn or flour with the ancient source being the corn tortilla.

Most corn tortilla recipes contain about 1 gram of fat and between 50 to 60 calories. The fat in corn tortillas comes from the coarse ground cornmeal.

The popular tortilla chips are made from the corn tortilla and it can be prepared in several ways. Try this simple homemade corn tortilla recipe to make your tortilla chips and you will enjoy a nice treat for you and your family.

How to Make Tortilla Chips

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Yield: 12 tortillas will produce 72 tortilla chips which means you will need 1 tortilla for every 6 chips you want to make.

If you intend to fry your tortilla chips you would need oil. If you are baking or microwaving, you will only need your tortillas and salt.

Ingredients of Tortilla And Tortilla Chips

A cup of canola Corn oil Corn tortillas (depending on the number of chips you want to make) Kosher salt

Tortilla Chips Making

Step 1
Use a dried tortilla to ensure that the tortilla chips fry well. You can either expose your tortilla to air overnight, oven dry or microwave to dry properly.

Step 2
Cut your tortilla into sizes. For each tortilla cut into 6 triangle shaped slices.

Step 3
Put your corn oil in a medium-sized frying pan. Keep the oil at about a depth of 1/8 - 1/4 inch.

Also, ensure that the frying pan you intend to use is well dried before you pour the oil to avoid sputtering of the oil as it heats.

Apply medium heat to the oil till the tortilla slice you put as a test begins to sizzle. Keep an eye to avoid the heat becoming too much and it begins to smoke. (If such occurs, remove the pan from the heat immediately.)

Line a paper towel on a large plate and ready several other paper towels. Carefully spread your tortilla triangles into the hot oil. Use metal tongs or spoon to disperse and carefully separate the tortilla triangles from overlapping each other in the oil.

Ensure that both sides of the triangle tortillas get coated with oil. Fry for about 120 seconds or until you observe a change in color and the tortilla gets firm.

Use metal tongs or spoon to remove the chips from the oil into the plate lined with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt. Line another paper towel in another large plate or over the top of the prepared chips for the next batch.

Note that as you put the next batch of tortilla slices into the hot oil, because of the low volume of oil you are working with, the temperature of the oil will be lowered. To compensate for this, you should slightly increase the heat and vary the heat once the chips begin to color.

Repeat this process till all the chips are fried. Then you are ready to enjoy your homemade tortilla chips.

Baked Tortilla Chips

Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree Farenheit. Slice your tortillas.

Step 2
Spread out the tortilla slices in single layers on a baking sheet. Bake for about 6 minutes, and then turn the tortilla slices to the other side. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and bake for an extra 6-9 minutes till you notice a change in color. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Microwaved  Tortilla Chips

Step 1

Cut the tortillas into slices.

Step 2
Line your microwave with a paper towel. Spread the tortilla slices in a single layer over the paper towel. Leave about an inch of space between each slice.

Microwave until the tortilla chips get crisp. Your microwave strength will greatly influence the time it will spend in the oven. Ready to savor the wonderful taste of tortilla chips!

Tortilla chips can be enjoyed with any food toppings of your choice and it is also very nutritious and contains low fat and low calories. Which means you could enjoy your homemade tortilla chips without worrying so much about your weight.

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