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Air Fryer Corn Tortilla Chips Recipe

If you’re like me and love to snack on chips but hate the calories of too much oil, you’ll love these air fryer corn tortilla chips! 

plate of homemade corn tortilla chips with a side of salsa

They are a fabulous way to get your chip fix without all of the guilt because they use much less oil than a traditional method. Plus, they’re super easy to make.

Just follow a few simple steps of this easy recipe, and you’ll be snacking on delicious chips with fewer calories in no time! Although it’s a healthier option, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor. 

Although I’ve never met a corn chip I didn’t like, my own homemade tortilla chips are the best.

homemade corn tortilla chips with salsa

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

My favorite way to make these deliciously crispy corn tortillas is with homemade corn tortillas. I even have a tortilla press.

However, I realize that not everyone wants to purchase a press, either because you don’t have the room to store it or the desire to make your own. After all, corn tortillas are very inexpensive at the grocery store.

So go ahead and pick up a pack of corn tortillas to make your own tortilla chips. I still consider the chips homemade, even if the tortillas aren’t. 

Your favorite brand of regular tortillas will work for this recipe. Keep in mind that thin tortillas will cook more quickly thank thicker ones.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Corn Tortilla Chips

You only need a few ingredients to make these delicious tortilla chips.

package of corn tortillas

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Corn tortillas
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt to taste (sea salt, kosher salt, or Himalayan pink salt)
Himalayan pink salt and olive oil spray

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

Alternative Ingredients

You can also add other seasonings if you like. Most of the time, I make the basic recipe and get additional flavor from some of my favorite dips.

Here are some other seasonings you might want to try:

  • Black pepper
  • Taco seasoning
  • Chili powder
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Lime juice

For the corn tortillas, I prefer the smaller, 5-6 inch ones because you can slice it like a pie to get chips that are uniform in size.

If you only have the standard corn tortillas, those are fine as well. You can either cut them into triangles or rectangular strips.

I prefer olive oil. However, if you don’t have any, you can use vegetable oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, or corn oil. 

Just keep in mind that some oils have a higher or lower smoking point than others. So if you use anything other than olive oil, you’ll need to keep a very close eye on them to make sure they get crispy without burning.

You can make chips with flour tortillas as well. They will have a completely different texture from the corn chips, but they’ll be delicious.

Preparation

This homemade tortilla chips recipe is super easy when you use an air fryer. You can also make them in the oven. But it takes longer, and you have to keep a really close eye on them to keep them from burning.

First, preheat your air fryer to 375˚ F. Lightly spray both sides of the corn tortillas with olive oil spray.

spraying olive oil on corn tortillas

Or if you don’t have a spray, you can use a pastry brush and lightly coat both sides of each tortilla.

Next, stack the tortillas as neatly as possible. Then cut them into wedges to create 8 chips per tortilla. You can use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, whichever you find easier.

This is for the smaller tortillas. For larger ones, I think the easiest way is to cut them into strips.

How to Air Fry Corn Tortilla Chips

Place the tortilla wedges on the bottom of your air fryer. You’ll get the best results if you keep them in a single layer.

tortilla wedges in an air fryer basket

If they touch or overlap just a little bit at the corners, they should still come out good.

Since the air fryer has a fan, I used a small wire rack to hold down the tortillas. Otherwise, they might fly around.

wire rack placed on top of corn tortilla wedges in an air fryer

Air fry them for about 2 to 3 minutes. Check on them after 2 minutes and see if they’re ready to turn. Cooking time varies from one air fryer to another.

air fried tortilla chips

Shake the air fryer basket to flip them and air fry for another minute or until they turn a light golden brown.

As soon as they’re done, turn them out into a large bowl lined with paper towels.

air fried tortilla chips on paper towels in a bowl

Now sprinkle some salt on your fresh, homemade, crispy tortilla chips.

I highly recommend just a light sprinkling of salt, or it might overpower whatever you dip them into.

How to Make Corn Tortilla Chips in the Oven

Use the same ingredients and follow all of the steps. But instead of putting them in your air fryer, place them on a baking sheet that’s lined with parchment paper.

Now put them in an oven that’s preheated to 400˚ F. I highly recommend putting them on the center rack for more even crisping.

Cook them for about 5 minutes before turning them.

How to Serve Tortilla Chips

There are so many different ways to serve these chips and I’m sure you probably have some ideas I’ve never even thought of.

In addition to being one of our favorite snacks, tortilla chips are great sides for all kinds of south-of-the-border or Tex Mex foods.

air fryer corn tortilla chips on a plate with a bowl of salsa

Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy corn tortilla chips:

How to Store Leftover Tortilla Chips

These chips are best when served right after you cook them. However, if you have some left over, you can put them in an airtight container or plastic bag and enjoy them the next day.

They don’t need to be refrigerated. You can reheat them in your air fryer for 30 seconds or enjoy them at room temperature. Since my air fryer only works in whole minutes, I put them in for a minute and turn off the machine halfway through the time.

bowl and plate of homemade corn tortilla chips

See this recipe shared at Weekend Potluck.

More Delicious Air Fryer Recipes

Ever since getting my air fryer, I’ve been obsessed with trying different things. Some of them are obvious, while others surprised me in the best possible way!

Here are some of my most popular air fryer recipes:

Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges – 2 of your favorite staples create an incredible flavor explosion!

Pork Tenderloin – Easy but delicious main dish!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders – Chicken has never tasted so good!

Sweet Potato Fries – Delightfully tasty side dish for those times when you’re in a hurry!

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – Kids will want to eat their veggies cooked this way!

Air Fryer Blueberry Muffins – Yes, you read that right! You can make the best muffins in your air fryer!

Barbecued Chicken Drumsticks – This is as good as chicken cooked on the grill!

plate of corn tortilla chips and a bowl of salsa

Air Fryer Corn Tortilla Chips

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Enjoy these delicious homemade corn tortilla chips without the guilt of extra calories!

Ingredients

  • 6 corn tortillas
  • Olive oil spray
  • Salt to taste (pink Himalayan salt, kosher salt, or regular table salt)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 375˚ F. Spray both sides of the corn tortillas with olive oil spray.
  2. Stack tortillas and cut them into wedges to create 8 chips per tortilla.
  3. Spread the wedges out on the bottom of your air fryer basket in a single layer.
  4. Air fry the tortilla wedges for 2 to 3 minutes. Shake the air fryer basket and air fry for another minute.
  5. Put them in a bowl lined with paper towels.
  6. Sprinkle as much salt as you would like on the cooked chips.
  7. Enjoy these delicious tortilla chips with your favorite salsa, guacamole, or other dip.

Notes

For the best results, don’t overfill your air fryer. It’s better to make these chips in batches.

Check on the chips after about 2 minutes. They may or may not need another minute of cooking time on the first side. 

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 108Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 162mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 2gSugar 0gProtein 2g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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