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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!

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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 Air 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°F, 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

4.82 from 66 votes
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 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 chips

Ingredients
  

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

Serving: 1chipCalories: 15kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 34mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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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. Carol Anne Rathburn says:

    I’m trying to Cut Back on Oils can I Air fry in Toaster oven without Spraying with Oil . Could I spray with Water then add Salt . Thank You

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Spraying them with water would just make them soggy. The oil is an important part of this recipe. You could certainly try it though.

  2. D Smith says:

    Thanks for this! These were really great! Much better than I expected. I used some old tortillas lying around (that I probably would have thrown in the trash otherwise) to test this recipe out so I wasn’t expecting much….but they still came out better than almost any other tortilla style chip I’ve had!

    I did do it a bit differently though. I heard that you don’t really need to use oil for these so I tried doing this with no oil and sprinkled salt on afterwards but they were still pretty good even without salt! I also tried using multiple tortillas. The basket on this airfryer was small but after some trial and error I found that two corn tortillas cut as you mentioned and spread out evenly with some overlap in the basket still came out just as good as one with even cooking. I shook the basket instead of flipping them half way through. 3 cut tortillas at a time was too much though and the fryer didn’t cook them as evenly although they still weren’t too bad.

    Thanks again for the recipe!

  3. Linda C says:

    These are OUTSTANDING!! I will no longer buy store tortilla chips. Ever.
    Since it was my first time, I overcooked them a bit but they were still excellent. Thank you!!!

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Linda! Thanks for stopping by.

    2. Carol says:

      I worked at a Mexican Restaurant and they use Lawry’s seasoned salts. Awesome Taste

      1. Jenni says:

        I have so many packages of corn tortillas in my freezer that I need to use up that I think that I will try a batch this way as well as just salted. Thanks for the tip.

  4. Alyson says:

    Mine took a bit longer but these turned out amazing!! Highly recommend!!

  5. Davy Gravy says:

    I don’t know about your air fryer but every one I’ve ever used blows these tortilla pieces all over the place. There’s no way to keep them from overlapping. Fail.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      How many air fryers have you tried? I’m truly curious what brands you’ve used because my Cosari does a great job.

    2. Rose says:

      Most air fryer accessory kits come with a rack that you can put over light weight food items from flying around the air fryer. I use mine all the time.

    3. Annie says:

      I have a ninja air fryer /glorified toaster oven and it does not blow anything anywhere.

      It’s not the recipes fault. It’s the manufacturer of the equipment.

  6. Edie Willis says:

    Have you tried this with low carb tortillas?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      I have not, but if you do I’d love to hear how they turn out!

    2. Arquilla Nicole says:

      I tried low carb tortillas today and while they were not as crisp as I would like, they were delicious.

  7. Moira says:

    Really great chips! I added ground chilli on second side too….lovely with dips or alone

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Moira! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I do wanted this to work!!! My tortilla triangles flew all over inside my air fryer.

    1. Larr Gee says:

      My chips flew all over the inside of my air fryer as well!

  9. Kathy says:

    These were so fabulous! I used small low carb tortillas. I got about 20 small chips for 90 calories!! So great for a low carb diet!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Love the feedback Kathy, thanks for stopping by to share.

  10. Cecile says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made nachos using the chips from this recipe (corn tortillas) and they turned out great! So happy that I can enjoy nachos while still watching calories and fat. This recipe is definitely quick and easy.

    1. Kristin says:

      That’s fantastic Cecile! Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Debera says:

    That was easy to follow and to the point. Thank you so much for giving two options in cooking and offering choices on I gradients and your chefs opinion on which works better and how to store, and even nutritional information. So beautifully written. Thank you.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Debera! Awesome feedback, thanks for stopping by.

  12. Karen E McConnell says:

    I wanted to know if I should use a piece of parchment paper in my Gourmia air fryer, while making tortilla chips. I’m not sure if I need to preheat this particular air fryer either. Thanks for the help!!!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      You can use parchment paper made for the air fryer. It can make it easier to clean.

  13. Colleen says:

    I use Aquafaba a instead of oil, the Trader Joe’s chili lime seasoning. Fat free and low salt. I know someone will ask… Aquafaba is the liquid that canned garbanzo beans are packed in.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Colleen! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Robert W says:

    Is it okay to brush chips with oil rather than using cooking spray to avoid residue build up in the air fryer? Thanks!

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Sure! Just go lightly with the oil.

  15. John C says:

    Thanks for the ideas! I used the remainder of a packet of fresh corn tortillas from a local tortilleria. After 6 minutes in the air fryer some were a little chewy on the inside, but overall nice and crispy and tasted great!

    1. Kristin says:

      Awesome feedback John! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Eviee carter says:

    I did oil free. They were SO good!

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for stopping by Eviee.

    2. Randy Stanard says:

      You’re right. In the air fryer, oil is not needed. It just adds fat and calories with no nutrition.
      I found the perfect time for my air fryer, but will not give it here because every air fryer is different.
      One tip that does work is leave in the air fryer until the fryer is cool because it will continue to crisp in the hot air fryer after the cooking cycle ends.
      You will ruin a few tortillas until you find the perfect time, but once you find it, this is a GREAT way to make fat free tortillas in the air fryer.
      Now, I will say that a temperature of 355 works for me. If you air fryer has a temperature adjustment, this is something, along with time, you will need to adjust on a trial and error basis.

  17. Kim says:

    My turned out good! I will be eating beans in a minute with peas.

  18. Cindy Harvey says:

    I love them. I did not have Coarse salt instead I used Iodized salt and they were Delicious. I also used my Aitfryer.

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Love the feedback Cindy, thanks for stopping by.

  19. Chris says:

    How long does this stay fresh? Making them at home to take to a family gathering.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      They should stay fresh at least a few days.

  20. Janelle says:

    What if you have a oven air fryer instead of the basket?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      You can just lay the tortillas on the rask or whatever your machine has.

  21. Mary Eubanks says:

    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.

    1. Kristin says:

      Love the feedback Mary! Thanks for stopping by.

  22. Paul Kostandin says:

    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!

    1. Kristin says:

      Hi Paul, thank you so much for stopping by. (love the feedback)

  23. Carol-lee Grams says:

    I just want to make sure, I’m understanding the points. Would this be 1pt per chip or 1pt for 36?

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      I’m not sure about points, but 36 chips is one serving if you’re going by the recipe.

      1. Sarah Behnen says:

        I was wondering the same for carbs. What is one serving? You show 36 chips is how many there are. So is one serving = 1 chip or 6 (one round cut into 6 pieces?
        Also do you use a specific brand of corn tortillas?

        Thanks as I’m diabetic and take insulin based on number of carbs consumed.
        Excited to try!
        Sarah

        1. Kristin Maxwell says:

          In this case, a serving is 1 chip for calculating purposes, and the nutrition information is approximate as I am not a nutritionist.