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Tortilla Strips Recipe (fried or baked)

Homemade crispy tortilla strips are really easy to make and taste so much better than store-bought. You can use them as topping for soups or salads or just eat them as a snack (but be careful, it's really hard to stop snacking on them!).
Course Appetizer, Topping
Cuisine Mexican
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 194kcal
Author Aleksandra


for fried tortilla strips:

  • 3 large tortillas flour or corn
  • 1 1/2-2 cups frying oil
  • salt to taste

for baked tortilla strips:

  • 3 large tortillas
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
  • salt to taste


Cut tortillas into strips:

  • Cut large tortillas into 3 parts and small/medium in half then cut them into 1/2-inch (1.5 cm) strips.

Fried tortilla strips:

  • Add the oil into a medium/large pot (preferably a medium shallow pot or a skillet with high sides). You should have at least 3/4-1inch (2-2.5 cm) of oil in your pan. Heat the oil until very hot (a drop of water sizzles in contact with oil) or until it reaches about 350°F (175°C).
  • Fry the strips in batches making sure to not add too much to the pot (the temperature of the oil will decrease too much and the strips will soak up oil). Fry the strips until golden, turn them over using a fork, fry just briefly for a couple of seconds until light golden in color (take the strips out of the oil when they are just lightly golden, they will darken a bit after they have been removed from the oil).
  • Remove the strips from the oil with a slotted spoon or a spider strainer and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Season immediately with salt.
  • Leave to cool then enjoy!

Baked tortilla strips:

  • Combine the oil or melted butter with 3/4 teaspoon of fine sea salt in a large bowl then toss with tortilla strips until evenly coated.
  • Place the strips apart on a baking tray (you can line it with parchment paper).
  • Bake at 400°F (200°C) for 6-7 minutes or until golden. Keep an eye on them at the end of the baking time, they can burn really quickly. Baking time will depend on the thickness of tortillas which is different depending on the brand.
  • Season again lightly with salt and enjoy!


  • Frying oil - it must be a high smoke point oil that is suitable for frying in high temperatures such as canola oil, lard, or refined coconut oil. If you'd like to make baked tortillas, you can use any vegetable oil or melted butter.
  • If you want to season your tortilla chips (I like my Fajita seasoning), you need to:
    • sprinkle fried tortilla chips right after they have been fried
    • for baked tortilla chips - combine the seasoning with oil and salt.
  • You can store tortilla chips for up to a week in a closed container or a paper bag.
  • Calories = 1 serving (1/4 of the recipe, the whole recipe being strips from 3 large tortillas). This is only an estimate!


Calories: 194kcal