Homemade Tortilla Chips

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Homemade Tortilla Chips
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Finding healthy snack food for kids is always a challenge. So many foods store foods are loaded with sugar or salt or both. Yet the convenience of being able to grab a pre packaged snack for your kids is invaluable. Even if you want to make your own snack foods, it is, of course, extremely time consuming. Instead, have your children make their own snacks—they get a fun food project and you get to control what they are eating!

One of the best snack food projects out there is to have your kids make their own chips. All kids love chips right? With this project, they will be making something that they are excited to eat and you control the ingredients that they use. It is also a feasible project for all ages (well, two and up) and for as many (or as few) children as you have.

Corn tortillas are the basis of this chip endeavor and you can find them in almost any grocery store. While flour tortillas will work as well, corn tortillas bake a little better and will be sturdier once cooked (flour tortillas tend to flake and break easily after baking). Corn tortillas are also cheaper than their flour counterpart making them an economical snack as well. Grab that 100 pack of tortillas and get started!

The first part of the project involves any shape cookie cutter that you may have. Put out lots of different shapes and sizes for your kids to choose from or, if they are old enough, a few plastic knives will also be handy for cutting out custom shapes. Place the cut tortillas onto lined cookie trays. The tortillas can touch each other on the trays but it is best if they do not overlap. Since the kids are using cookie cutters, there is probably going to be a good amount of tortilla scraps- don’t throw these out! Bake the scraps after the kids are done with their project, the scraps are a perfect snack for parents!

While the oven is pre heating, brush the tortilla chips with butter or oil. Give the kids a big paint brush (a new one or one that is especially for food) and let them paint the butter on. If you are worried about over-greasing the chips, older person aid may be helpful. While you can opt to brush both sides with oil, you can also grease just one side of the chips to cut back a little bit on the fat. You can also skip the oil all together if you prefer to leave the chips plain.

Next comes the toppings! Put out a few different types of toppings for the kids to choose from. Garlic powder, cinnamon and sugar and salt and pepper are a few favorites. Get creative though! Onion powder may go over well with some kids while others may prefer some grated cheddar cheese. Ask them what they want and you may be surprised by what they choose—the result will prove interesting.

Try to stay consistent with toppings per tray of chips. While the kids may like the idea of putting cinnamon and sugar on one chip and garlic powder on the next one, they may not like it so much when it comes time to eat.

After the chips are cut, buttered, and flavored, they are ready to bake. No frying here. Once the chips begin to turn a nice golden brown, they are done! Allow them to cool before handing them off to the little ones (this shouldn’t take long).

While the kids can definitely eat the chips right away, you can also store them in individual bags for several weeks. Now you’ll have a great grab and go snack for the next time the kids need some food on the go or a quick bite in between meal times.

Homemade tortilla chips are fantastic on their own but you can also serve them up with some salsa or guacamole. Have the children help with this. Assign one to be the avocado masher while another helps measure seasonings. There is always a job that your kids can help with in the kitchen!

Fun shaped tortilla chips are a great afternoon project that you should definitely try. Have your kids invite over some friends and get out the cookie cutters! Enjoy and happy cooking!

Recipe

Homemade Tortilla Chips
Yields1 Serving
Cook Time10 mins

Ingredients

 30 corn tortillas
 ½ cup vegetable oil or melted butter
 Toppings such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon and sugar, parmesan cheese, etc.

Directions

1

Cut the tortillas into your desired shape using cookie cutters, scissors or a knife.

2

Brush each chip with the oil or butter and lay flat on a lined sheet tray.

3

Sprinkle the chips with the topping of your choice.

4

Bake the chips in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, the chips should begin to turn brown on the edges.

5

Allow the chips to cool then package or enjoy!

Ingredients

 30 corn tortillas
 ½ cup vegetable oil or melted butter
 Toppings such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon and sugar, parmesan cheese, etc.

Directions

1

Cut the tortillas into your desired shape using cookie cutters, scissors or a knife.

2

Brush each chip with the oil or butter and lay flat on a lined sheet tray.

3

Sprinkle the chips with the topping of your choice.

4

Bake the chips in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, the chips should begin to turn brown on the edges.

5

Allow the chips to cool then package or enjoy!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

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