Air Fryer Tortilla Chips (Crispy Homemade Recipe)

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Air Fryer Tortilla Chips come out hot and crispy with just the right amount of salt. Learn how to make tortilla chips in the air fryer, then enjoy this snack with all your favorite dips and salsas! These homemade chips are the best! 

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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! Try air fryer corn tortilla chips with this Smoked Queso that’s sure to please.

Now is the perfect time to make your own tortilla chips. Forget about spending time trying to find the right brand at the grocery store.

There is no way that store-bought tortilla chips are better than these.

Once you make these cut tortillas in the air fryer basket, you’ll agree that store-bought chips are a thing of the past.

These crispy chips are what make air fryer recipes some of my favorite things to make.

Any type of air fryer will work, and I promise you that following the steps on the recipe card below is the easiest way to make this air fryer tortilla chips recipe.

Creating air-fried tortilla chips with a fraction of the oil is an easy way to put a fun spin on Taco Tuesdays or to make a simple new favorite food. 

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

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 air fryer corn tortilla chips in just a few minutes.

In addition to making tortilla chips in the air fryer, why not try your hand at air fryer potato chips 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!

How To Make Tortilla Chips In Air Fryer

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. 

    Air fry tortilla chips for about 3 minutes at 390°, adding an extra minute as needed to get them golden brown.

Serving Suggestions

Pair air fryer tortilla chips with all of your favorite dips! 

Obviously, guacamole and salsa are clear winners, but the salty chips are just as good with spinach artichoke dip as well.

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

You can also add seasonings to your own homemade tortilla chips to make the flavor stand out on their own!

I’ll add lime juice and chili powder and a little bit of avocado oil to mine as this is my favorite way to flavor crunchy chips.

It’s all up to you and your personal preference on what you want to flavor this delicious snack like! 

All I know is that these air fry tortillas make the perfect chip-sized pieces in less time than frying, which means you get to eat them sooner! 

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!

Air Fryer Corn Tortilla Chips FAQ

What air fryer do you use?

I use the Ninja Foodi, and the chips air fry perfectly. However, you can use any model air fryer to air fry tortilla chips!

How long do homemade tortilla chips last?

Once cooled, air fried tortilla chips can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for about a week. 

My chips lost their crispy texture. Is there anything I can do?

Yes, not to worry! Simply place leftover tortilla chips in the air fryer and cook them at 375°F for 3 minutes. They should come out perfectly crunchy again.

Can I make air fryer tortilla chips with flour tortillas?

Yes! Buy the smallest size flour tortillas 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 seasoning

For a sweet variety, reduce the amount of salt and toss the air fryer tortilla 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.

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    Air Fryer Tortilla Chips (Crispy Homemade Recipe)

    Donna Elick
    Air Fryer Tortilla Chips come out hot and crispy with just the right amount of salt. Make this easy air fried snack for perfect party food!
    5 stars from 1 review
    Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Course Appetizer
    Cuisine Mexican
    Method Air Fryer
    Servings 2


    • 5 small corn tortillas, taco size
    • kosher salt, to taste
    • Non-stick cooking spray


    • Preheat the air fryer to 390°F for 5 minutes.
    • Cut the corn tortillas into quarters.
    • Lightly spray both sides of tortillas with non-stick cooking spray and season with salt as desired.
    • Place the tortillas in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 3 minutes, or until chips are lightly browned. Time may vary slightly according to your model of air fryer or desired doneness.

    Donna’s Notes

    1. Feel free to substitute your favorite seasoning salt.


    Serving: 1 | Calories: 142cal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

    All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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    Originally published April 2022, updated and republished April 2024

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    One Comment

    1. 5 stars
      I love finding healthy alternatives to favorites in my household, and this was no exception! A delicious and healthy alternative to oily fried chips!

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