Baked or fried, homemade chips beat store-bought every time. And the BEST part? These crispy, delicious, and heavenly-smelling chips are easy to make on a budget! We’ve compiled a list of five cheap and crazy creative chip recipes you can make at home. Let’s get munching!
1. Homemade Tortilla Chips by Simply Recipes
The oh-so-addictive restaurant-style snack, tortilla chips, are extremely easy to make with just three ingredients: corn tortillas, oil, and salt.
(Makes 6-7 servings)
- Corn tortillas (each tortilla will make 6 chips)
- About ¾ to 1 cup of oil
- Flaky salt, to taste
- Tortilla chips fry better if they are dried out. You have two options: Option 1 is to leave the whole tortillas out overnight, exposed to air, so they become stale the next day. Option 2 is to bake them in the oven by laying them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and baking at 350°F for 5 minutes or 200°F for 10 minutes.
- Cut each tortilla into 6 triangle-shaped wedges once they are dried out.
- In a medium skillet, pour oil to a depth of ¼ inch. Heat the oil on medium-high heat till it reaches about 350°F. Check if the oil is hot enough by placing a small piece of tortilla in the oil. If the tortilla piece sizzles, then the oil is hot enough.
- Fry the tortilla chips for about 2 minutes until they begin to brown lightly, get firm, and are no longer pliable.
- Remove the chips from the oil to a paper-towel-lined plate using tongs. Pat any excess oil from them with a fresh paper towel, sprinkle them with salt, and enjoy!
2. Baked Pita Chips by Joyful Healthy Eats
These homemade baked pita chips are so easy to make and are a perfect snack for all your dipping needs! Check out this easy recipe by Joyful Healthy Eats.
(Makes 40 chips)
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of dry basil
- ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil
- 4 whole wheat pita bread, cut into 8 triangles
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a small bowl, mix olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, basil, pepper, and salt.
- Place pita triangles in a bowl and pour seasoned olive oil over the pita. Use your hands to gently toss and coat each pita triangle.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place pita triangles on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the pita triangles for 8-10 minutes, until slightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and let the chips cool. Serve the chips immediately or store them in an air-tight container.
3. Healthy Baked Carrot Chips by A Spicy Perspective
With these perfectly baked and wonderfully seasoned carrot chips, you won’t miss the bagged version one bit. All you need for this recipe is carrots, oil, salt, cinnamon, and cumin.
(Makes 8 servings)
- 2 pounds carrots
- ¼ cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Trim the carrot tops off. Starting on the thick end, slice the carrots paper-thin at an angle to create elongated slices. You can use a mandolin slicer to simplify this process.
- Place the carrot slices in a large bowl and add the oil, salt, cumin, and cinnamon. Toss well to coat thoroughly.
- Line several large baking sheets with parchment paper. Then lay the slices in a single layer on the baking sheets, making sure the slices are not touching.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges start to curl up and turn crisp. Then flip all the chips over and bake another 5-8 minutes to crisp the bottoms. Serve the chips immediately or store them in an air-tight container.
4. Easy Baked Plantain Chips by Wicked Spatula
With just three ingredients, plantains, oil, and salt, these plantain chips will surely peel away your craving for a crrrunch! Tip: Choose green plantains for a savory snack. If you like them sweet, choose ripe ones!
(Makes 4 servings)
- 2 large plantains, peeled
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- Using a sharp knife or mandolin, thinly slice the plantain (approximately ⅛ inch per slice).
- Place the sliced plantains in a large bowl and drizzle with oil. Use your hands or a spatula to thoroughly coat the plantains in the oil.
- Lay out the plantain slices in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until golden brown at the edges.
- Remove from the oven, cool completely to crisp up more, and serve!
5. Crispy Kale Chips by Culinary Hill
Not a big fan of kale? These tasty, crispy, low-calorie, melt-in-your-mouth kale chips will instantly convert you into a kale lover. Check out this recipe to satisfy your craving for crunch while keeping calories low.
(Makes 4 servings)
- 1 bunch of kale, stemmed and torn into 3-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 275°F.
- Wash, then dry the kale completely using a salad spinner or kitchen towel.
- Tear the kale leaves into 2-inch pieces, discard the ribs, and place them in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with your hands until evenly coated.
- Arrange the leaves in a single layer, don’t overlap them, on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until leaves are crispy.
Which of these crispy and creative chips are you excited to try out for your snack time? Let us know in the comments. Don’t forget to check out the Flipp app to find the most affordable ingredients at your local grocery stores.