We can all understand the feeling that you get when the waiter brings out your freshly made tortilla chips and queso—pure joy. Most college kids can't afford to go out to a Mexican restaurant every night (I know I can't), so why not make your own at home for under $4?

Sometimes, all a girl needs is a fried, crunchy, tortilla chip. Never mind the healthy, low calorie stuff, we want the real deal. Top off the chips with some mango salsa, cheesy queso, or savory guac to really satisfy your craving. 

Homemade Tortilla Chips

  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:3 mins
  • Total Time:8 mins
  • Servings:5
  • Medium


  • Small corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sprinkle salt
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  • Step 1

    Gather your main ingredient, the corn tortillas.

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  • Step 2

    Pour about 1-2 cups of vegetable oil into the wok or pan. It should cover the bottom completely. Turn heat on oven to medium.

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  • Step 3

    Line up the corn tortillas on top of each other.

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  • Step 4

    Cut the corn tortillas in sixths. I have found this to be the best size to scoop up queso AND it fits in your mouth perfectly.

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  • Step 5

    Once the oil is hot, gently begin placing corn tortilla sixths into the pan.

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  • Step 6

    Fill up the pan with corn tortilla pieces. Isn't it beautiful?

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  • Step 7

    After 1-2 minutes, gently flip each corn chip using tongs.

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  • Step 8

    The chips will appear a golden brown after another minute.

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  • Step 9

    Using tongs, remove each chip and place on paper towels to remove excess oil. I like to line a cookie sheet with paper towels to minimize the mess.

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  • Step 10

    Continue frying your tortilla chips until you have enough for seconds. Sprinkle with salt for extra flavor!

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  • Step 11

    Don't forget the queso. You MUST have the queso.

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Voila! You just made restaurant-style tortilla chips in under 10 minutes, with 3 ingredients, for under $4. Talk about a bargain

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