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How to Make Crispy Tortilla Strips Without Frying Them

Create Crispy Tortilla Strips Without Frying Them

How to Bake Tortilla StripsI've long had a love-hate relationship with tortilla strips, those hairpin-thin bites that lend a necessary crunch to black bean soup or taco salad. I adore their crispiness, but they're not easy to find, and if I'm lucky enough to track them down, I never need a whole bag. Although I'd make tortilla strips at home, I'm reluctant to bust out a deep fryer just for a little garnish.

Thankfully, I've now got the perfect solution to my quandary. One can actually bake tortilla strips, and they arrive at the same satisfying crunchiness. I discovered this thanks to Everyday Food and an ingenious recipe for shrimp tortilla soup. The key is to crank up the oven to very high heat — 450 degrees F — toss the tortilla with a generous amount of oil, and bake just until golden brown, about five minutes.

Have you ever tried to make tortilla strips at home? What's your trick?

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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
So you all are going to think I'm nuts but I nuke flour tortillas strips in the microwave. It drys them out and makes them crunchy. I usually do 20-30 seconds and mix them, then 10 or 15 second increments until they puff up and start to dry (careful not to burn). They won't be crisp while their hot but they will once cooled.
CheesePlease CheesePlease 6 years
Definitely going to try this! I usually bake tortilla points with olive oli, sea salt and whatever fresh herbs are around. Then I use a pizza cutter to make the triangles pieces and serve with with a dip or hummus.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 6 years
I normally just shallow fry them in a saute pan!
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
I do this all the time, making strips or chips. I like to toss the tortilla in a mixture of olive oil and lime juice, and then season with sea salt and a little chili powder. Yum!!
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