Tortilla Chips selber machen

Tortilla chips baked at home using whole wheat tortillas are so much better than store-bought chips. Seasoned with za’atar gives them a delicious Middle Eastern flavor. These crispy, golden chips taste great with hummus or baba ganoush.

Easy homemade tortilla chips

Homemade tortilla chips are easy to make and are a healthier option than store-bought processed chips. For this recipe, whole wheat flour tortillas are cut into triangles, coated with oil and seasonings and baked in the oven until crispy. With Middle Eastern seasonings they are a great choice for serving as part of a mezze, but they can also easily be made with corn tortillas and a sprinkle of salt and served as part of a Mexican meal with salsa and guacamole.

Where do tortilla chips come from

The history of tortilla chips is not a long one. In 1943, Mexican restaurant owner Ignacio Anaya García invented nachos by slicing tortillas into triangles and baking them in the oven until crispy. The man had nine children. The tortilla chips must have been a hit at his house too. At least that’s how it is with us. The chips came to prominence in the 1960s, when Rebecca Carranza , who owned a tortilla factory, cut the defective scrap of tortillas into triangles at home and baked them into chips in the oven. And later, tortilla chips became the main business of the factory.

Tortilla Chips selber machen Schritt für Schritt

A snack made with three simple ingredients

Tortillas: I like to use whole wheat tortillas for the extra fibre but regular white flour tortillas are fine too. You could also use pita bread.

Olive oil: this ensures the tortillas get crispy and helps the seasoning stick to the chips.

Seasoning: Za’atar makes these tortilla chips addictively delicious. It is a seasoning made with sumac, seasame seeds, cumin, thyme, oregano, marjoram.

Tortilla Chips selber machen Schritt für Schritt

How to make baked tortilla chips

Homemade baked tortilla chips are simple to make as there are basically only four steps. Here’s what you can expect:

Cut the tortillas

Cut the tortillas into triangles — Cut each tortilla into four triangles by first cutting it in half and then in half again. Then cut each of the four triangles in half again. You should be able to get eight chips out of each tortilla.

Oil and season the chips

Brush both sides of each chip lightly with oil using a pastry brush. The oil helps the seasoning stick to the tortilla and ensures a crisp chip. Sprinkle each chip with the za’atar seasoning.

Bake the chips

Bake the chips, spread in an even layer and rotate the baking sheet (front to back) halfway through to ensure even baking. Make sure to check the chips often so they don’t burn. The last couple minutes are crucial.

Cool the chips

Allowing the chips to cool in an even layer on a flat surface ensures they properly crisp up (I use parchment paper and slide each batch onto the countertop to cool). Before adding to a bowl, make sure all the chips are fully cooled.

How to store tortilla chips

Homemade tortilla chips are delicious eaten the day they are made and just as fabulous days after. You can store them in an airtight container (or bowl covered in plastic wrap) at room temperature for a several days.

Tortilla Chips
Tortilla Chips

How to serve baked whole wheat tortilla chips

These chips are terrific with all kinds of dips, or soft cheese, or they can be added to a Lebanese fattoush salad in place of pita bread. Try one of these favourite dip recipes:

Tortilla Chips selber machen
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Baked Tortilla Chips with Za’atar

Tortilla chips baked at home using whole wheat tortillas and seasoned with za’atar for a delicious Middle Eastern flavor. Healthier option to store-bought chips or crackers.
Course Snack
Category Levante, Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 48 Chips
Autor Elle


  • 6 whole-wheat tortillas (25 cm), cut into 8 equal wedges
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • Za’atar, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C (180°C fan-assisted) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the tortilla triangles in an single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Use a pastry brush to lightly coat both sides of tortilla with olive oil, then sprinkle za’atar.
  3. Bake until light golden brown and crisp 6-8 minutes, rotating pans front to back halfway through (and positions, top to bottom, if baking more than one batch at a time). NOTE: Watch the chips carefully the last 2 minutes, as they can go from lightly brown to burnt very quickly.
  4. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool. Or simply slide the parchment paper onto a flat surface to allow the chips to cool. The chips will get crisper as they cool.
  5. Repeat with remaining tortilla triangles.
  6. Cool fully to room temperature before storing or transferring to a serving dish.
  7. Enjoy!


  • Za’atar is a seasoning made with sumac, seasame seeds, cumin, thyme, oregano, marjoram. You can find it in speciality spice shops, Middle Eastern or Turkish supermarkets or online.
  • You can also brush both sides of the tortillas with oil before cutting them into triangles. Stack and cut into sixths or desired size. Be sure to sprinkle with the za’atar spice while the tortillas are still moist from the oil to that the spice sticks to the chip.
  • Baked chips keep well, stored in an airtight container, for up to a week. I find that the flavor and texture are actually best after a day or two!

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