Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Only three ingredients in these super easy Homemade Air Fryer Tortilla Chips and you can make them in minutes. Perfect for dipping in salsa, cheese sauce or guacamole!

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Homemade Tortilla Chips

Homemade Tortilla Chips are way tastier than store bought. They have a crispy bite to them that you just can’t get in a bag.

The best flavor comes from frying your chips, but I don’t deep fry anything in my house. Grease splatters everywhere and makes a mess, even when you think it isn’t. Now that I have an air fryer, my world has been opened to healthier fried foods without the mess.

There’s no need to deep fry tortilla chips when you can make crispy, delicious chips in your air fryer. It takes just minutes to make and only three ingredients!

overhead shot of tortillas, olive oil spray, and salt with a blue napkin

How to Make Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

If you have tortillas in your fridge, you’re on your way to having chips. Grab those, some olive oil cooking spray (or any cooking spray), and some coarse salt.

I tested both corn tortillas and flour tortillas and while both come out great, the corn tortillas turn out slightly crispier so I prefer them.

  1. Slice the tortillas into 6-8 pieces depending on the size tortilla you have. I use a pizza cutter to make it really easy. sliced tortillas to make air fryer tortilla chips
  2. Spray the tortillas lightly with cooking spray, then sprinkle with salt.
  3. Lay the tortillas into the air fryer basket, without letting them overlap, and cook for 3 minutes at 350 degrees. Flip them over, give them another light spray, add more salt (if you think they need it – the amount of salt is a personal preference), and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until browned and crisp.
  4. Air fryers do vary from brand to brand. Some require pre-heating, mine does not. Keep an eye on yours – it may take more or less time to crisp up the chips.
  5. That’s it! Remove from the basket and they will continue to crisp as they cool. Once they have cooled, you’re ready to start dipping.

tortilla chips in air fryer basket

Baked Tortilla Chips

Don’t have an Ari Fryer? You can bake your homemade tortilla chips!

If you don’t yet have an air fryer, you can also bake the chips. Follow the same steps – slice, spray, salt – then line in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes at 350, flip, lightly spray with cooking spray, then bake another 2-3 minutes or until crisp and browned.

homemade tortilla chips on baking sheet with foil, two limes

Serving Suggestions

These chips make the perfect snack or party appetizer. Serve them with Spicy Nacho Cheese sauce, Homemade Salsa, Pineapple Salsa or Guacamole.

You can also pile them high with toppings and turn them into Sheet Pan Nachos, Buffalo Chicken Nachos, or Loaded Chicken Nachos.

If you want to add another layer of flavor, squeeze some lime juice over the chips. Want to spice them up? Sprinkle on some cajun seasoning, chili powder or cayenne pepper. Want to sweeten them up? Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar.

How to Store Them

Air fryer tortilla chips will stay fresh for up to two weeks if you store them in an airtight container or a zip top bag at room temperature. Do not freeze or refrigerate.

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Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Easy to make, delicious, healthier than frying in oil and way tastier than store bought, Air Fryer Tortilla Chips require just a few ingredients and are ready in minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 36 chips
Calories 15kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 small tortillas corn or flour
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • coarse salt

Instructions
 

  • Slice your tortillas into 6-8 equal pieces, like a pizza.
  • Lightly spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with coarse salt. Line in the air fryer basket, making sure to not overlap.
  • Cook at 350 for 3 minutes, open the basket, flip the chips, spray with cooking spray & add more salt (if desired), and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until browned and crisp.
  • Remove from basket and let cool to finish crisping.

Notes

If you'd like to bake the chips - follow the same prep instructions, lay the chips onto a foil lined baking sheet in a single layer, and bake for 7 minutes at 350. Remove the pan, flip, spray, salt (if desired), and bake for another 5 minutes or until crisp. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 15kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 34mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword air fryer tortilla chips, homemade tortilla chips

 

Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams is the creator of Persnickety Plates where she shares simple, family friendly recipes with everyday ingredients. She especially loves to bake and rarely meets a cookie she doesn’t like. This wife and mom of two girls aims to share recipes that are quick and easy because even though life is busy, there’s always time for good food.

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  1. Turned out great! The second time I used sea salt. I can not wait to try other seasoning. I have an air fryer oven, so I cut them into stripes.

  2. Definitely agree that the corn tortilla worked better for this recipe. I had a lot of luck making tortilla bowls this way for taco salads and crispy tortilla shells as well!