Sunday, April 17, 2022

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Air fryer tortilla chips come out hot and crispy with just the right amount of salt. Enjoy this snack with all your favorite dips and salsas!

air fryer tortilla chips with a bowl of roasted salsa

Making chips from tortillas is one of those things that seems much harder than it actually is. Today, we’re taking the simplicity one step further by using an air fryer!

Instead of heating a large pan of oil or risking splatters all over your kitchen (or worse, burns!), you can enjoy hot and crispy corn tortilla chips in just a few minutes.

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Greasy fingers are the worst, and so many homemade chip recipes turn out just as oily as packaged options. Now, there’s an easy, guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite crunchy snack!

In addition to making tortilla chips in the air fryer, why not try your hand at russet or sweet potato chips? They are just as easy to prepare and taste so much better than anything from the store.

Plus, you can easily control the amount of oil and salt used in the process for a light and healthy snack!

tortilla chips in air fryer ingredients

How To Make Tortilla Chips From Corn Tortillas

The process is much simpler than you may think! All you need are 3 simple ingredients to make your own crispy tortilla chips in the air fryer.

  1. Preheat the air fryer. This step is very important! You want to basket to be nice and hot so the corn tortilla chips cook just right.

  2. Slice tortillas into quarters. Cut each round into 4 even pieces. If you have a chef’s knife handy, you can stack several and press straight down with the blade for faster prep.

  3. Add oil and salt. Lightly spray both sides of each piece with your favorite cooking spray or oil mister. Then, sprinkle with as much salt as you would like!

  4. Cook. Arrange the pieces in the basket in a single layer — they won’t crisp properly if stacked. Cook for about 3 minutes at 390°, adding an extra minute as needed to get them golden brown.

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips - cut tortilla into 1/4s

Serving Suggestions

Pair your air fryer tortilla chips with all of your favorite dips! Obviously, guacamole and salsa are clear winners, but these would be just as good with my spinach artichoke dip as well.

Or, use them as a base layer for nachos whether they are loaded with toppings or simply smothered in cheese sauce!

corn tortilla chips sprayed and sprinkled with salt

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes may require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.

  • A Sharp Knife - A larger blade will allow you to cut through several tortillas at once!

  • Tongs - I love this set of 3, and I use every pair of them. They are so handy and grip amazingly well!

tortilla chips in air fryer baked

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips FAQ

What air fryer do you use?

I used the Ninja Foodi and they turned out perfectly. You can use other models if you prefer.

How long will homemade tortilla chips last?
Once cooled, air fried tortilla chips can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for about a week.

Pop them back in the basket and cook for about 3 minutes at 375° to get them hot and crispy again.

My chips lost the crispy texture. Is there anything I can do?
Yes, place them back in the air fryer and cook them at 375°F for 3 minutes. They will be crunchy again.

corn tortilla chips piled

>Can I make air fryer tortilla chips with flour tortillas?
Yes! Buy the smallest size you can find, often labeled “soft taco” or “street taco” size, and cut each round into six pieces.

How do you flavor homemade corn tortilla chips?
Simply swap out the regular salt with a flavored variety like lime salt, garlic salt, or chili lime salt.

For a sweet variety, reduce the amount of salt and toss the chips in cinnamon and sugar while they are still hot. Don’t add the sweet coating before cooking or it will burn in the air fryer.

tortilla chips in air fryer on a plate


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Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Air fryer tortilla chips come out hot and crispy with just the right amount of salt. Enjoy this snack with all your favorite dips and salsas!
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 5 small corn tortillas
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • salt, to taste


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 390°F for 5 minutes.
  2. Cut the corn tortillas into quarters.
  3. Lightly spray both sides of the tortillas with non-stick cooking spray. Season with salt as desired.
  4. Place the tortillas into the air fryer basket in a single layer.
  5. Air fry at 390°F for 3 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Some chips might need an additional minute to help them get to a golden brown.
  1. You can change out the salt for a seasoning salt, like lime salt

air fryer tortilla chips close up

Originally published April 2022

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1 comment:

  1. What is the salsa/dip pictured with the chips and where can i find the recipe?


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