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Air Fryer Tortilla Chips – Just 10 Minutes!

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips – Just 10 Minutes!

Air Fried Tortilla Chips

Extra crispy Air Fryer Tortilla Chips made with only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes! Making tortilla chips in the air fryer is much more economical and healthier than store bought tortilla chips. We use them when making Carne Asada Nachos or are craving chips and 4 ingredient guacamole.

Serve these homemade tortilla chips with pico de gallo, mango pico de gallo, Refried Bean Dip, Instant Pot refried beans, restaurant style salsa, Smoked Salsa or your favorite dip for Cinco de Mayo or Game Day!

How to Make Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

10-minutes is all you need to make air fryer chips. You’ll have hot tortilla chips is no time!

  1. Prep the Tortillas – Cut the tortillas, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Bake the Tortillas – Put them in the air fryer basket and bake away for 5 minutes.
  3. Grub Down on Chips – Let the chips rest for 15 minutes, to crisp up, then grub away!

Cut corn tortillas on an air fryer basket.

Air Fryer Corn Tortilla Chips

Yellow corn tortillas are where it’s at. They get a bit more crispy than white corn tortillas. Think about it. The package of yellow corn tortillas at the grocery store are always a bit firmer than the white corn tortillas. With that said, we just use whichever corn tortillas we have leftover from making taco recipes or fajita recipes.

Air Fryer Flour Tortilla Chips

Can you air fryer flour tortillas? You can, however they come out more chewy than crispy. Have at it if you have a hankering for chips and only have flour tortillas on hand. Making flour tortillas in the air fryer requires no changes to the below recipe. Just keep your eyes on the homemade tortilla chips as flour tortillas tend to burn quicker than corn tortillas.

Flavor Variations

In the mood to mix it up? Here are some other seasoning that would work well on air fried tortilla chips. Keep in mind some seasonings may take a shorter amount of time (or longer) to cook so keep your eyes on those babies while they cook!

Black cutting board with cooking spray, corn tortillas, salt and a pizza cutter on top of it.

Can I Use Cooking Spray?

Pre air fryer (think 10+ years ago), we baked tortilla chips using cooking spray. We’ve come a long way since then and while you CAN use cooking spray, air fryer tortilla chips brushed with olive oil produced a far superior product. Every square inch is crispy where as you hit soft spots on the chip wherever cooking spray didn’t land. You usually end up with too much or too little cooking spray.

What To Serve With Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade tortilla chips and homemade salsa make excellent companions to many of my favorite foods, particularly Mexican recipes, obviously! Here are a few of our favorites:

Pollo Asado Tacos using Grilled Pollo Asado, Carne Asada, Carne Asada Tacos, Carne Asada Fries, Carne Asada Fries, Steak FajitasChicken FajitasMexican Chili VerdeSlow Cooker CarnitasSous Vide Corn on the CobMexican Shrimp Cocktail or even Chicken Enchiladas.

Air Fryer Corn Tortilla Chips next to a bowl of refried bean dip.

How Long Do They Last

If stored in an airtight container, homemade air fryer tortillas can last up to a week. Keep in mind they do soften as they age. So the sooner you enjoy the better.

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking times vary depending on the brand and size of your air fryer.
  • These make AMAZING crispy tortilla shells. Just skip the cutting part and put the corn tortillas in whole.
  • If you’re looking for a low carb tortilla chips, use low carb flour tortillas such as Mission Tortilla Carb Balance or Mr. Tortilla’s 1 Carb corn tortillas. Crispy tortilla chips can be yours even on a low carb diet.
  • Slice them into strips before cooking and use as a soup topping! They would be great on Caldo de Queso.

Baked Tortilla Chips

Don’t have an air fryer? No problem. Follow the same recipe and bake for 4 minutes, flip and bake for another 3-4 minutes. Keep your eyes on them to avoid burning.

Drinks That Go With Tortilla Chips

When enjoying Mexican Recipes, we always reach for a Mexican Mule, Michelada, Mango Michelada or Margarita.

 

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Air Fryer Tortilla Chips on a wooden plate next to a small white bowl of salsa.
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Crispy Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Extra crispy Air Fryer Tortilla Chips made with only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes! Making tortilla chips in the air fryer is much more economical and healthier than store bought tortilla chips. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Air Fryer, Cinco De Mayo Recipes, Corn Tortillas, Healthy Recipes, Mexican Recipes
Servings: 20 chips
Calories: 20kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $1.00

Ingredients

  • 5 Corn Tortillas, Cut Into 4 Wedges (*Note 1)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil (*Note 2)
  • Optional: Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the air fryer to 350° F.
  • Stack the tortillas and cut them in half using a pizza roller or knife. Cut them in half again so you have 4 equal wedges per tortilla.
  • Brush both sides of the tortilla with olive oil or liberally cover each side with cooking spray. Don't be gentle - you need a nice coat to crisp the chips. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray. Add the sliced tortillas to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Depending on the size of your machine it will probably need to be done in multiple batches.
  • Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Keep an eye on the chips as they will burn quickly.
  • Remove from the basket and let rest at least 15 minutes, as the chips crisp up as they cool.

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Notes

Note 1 - I prefer cutting the tortillas into 4 wedges, as to maximize the salsa and dip holding area. Cut them into 6 wedges if that's your preference. 
Note 2 - If you use cooking oil spray, in place of the olive oil, make sure all areas of the tortillas are covered. Any part left unsprayed won't crisp up. More is better than less.
Nutritional calculations are just estimates. The calculation does not include any added salt.

Nutrition

Calories: 20kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 12mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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