Homemade Dinosaur Tortilla Chips

Making tortilla chips at home is a relatively simple, yet somewhat time consuming endeavor.  Anyone who tells you differently is lying.  The reality of the situation is that you can purchase tortilla chips that are completely adequate for holding toppings at Costco for close to what it would cost to make your own.

Why would anyone take the time to make tortilla chips?

Dinosaur Chips

Dinosaur Chips

To get Dinosaur Chips, of course!!

My Little Man loves dinosaurs and nachos.  Combine his two loves and get dinachos!

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make tortilla chips into fun shapes:

Supplies

Grab some corn tortillas from the grocery store.  Don’t get the weird gluten free, no calorie, organic, raw corn tortillas.  They don’t cook up well.  Also grab a large cookie cutter.  We have a set of large dinosaur cutters that I use for cookies, sandwiches, and other random things that need to be shaped like a dinosaur.

I use the following method for cutting out tortillas:

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Place the tortilla over the cookie cutter.

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Use a rolling pin to get enough pressure to cut the tortilla.  Tortillas are tough little buggers.

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Ta-da!

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Excuse the poor photography…

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When all of your dinosaurs are cut out, fry the tortillas up in oil (I use canola) at 350 for 2-3 minutes or until lightly golden.  They will get a little darker after removed from the oil.  I have a little deep fryer, but a pan with a few inches of oil would work just fine.

Avoid crowding the pan to ensure the dinosaurs are wrinkle free!

Drain them on paper towels and lightly salt before storing them in Ziplocs for later use.

I fry up all the scraps of tortilla when I am done with the dinosaurs.  As a special treat (for myself!), I will toss them with cinnamon sugar.

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YUM!

Chips cut into special shapes are great as a treat for kids, but would also be a nice addition to a themed party!

No Sew Swiffer Wet Jet Homemade Pad

Here is my Swiffer Wet Jet hack.  You could either take this as being ingenious and will be totally impressed or you will read this and just be floored by how lazy I am.  Either way, it works well enough that my husband is no longer complaining that I won’t but new Swiffer pads.

First, if you have a Swiffer Wet Jet, there is no reason to buy new refills.  If you boil an empty Swiffer bottle cap side down for about 5 minutes the cap will twist right off.  Grip the piping hot bottle with a oven mitt or heat proof pad to avoid singeing your fingers and voila!  It comes off without a struggle.  I refill with diluted Pine-Sol, but you can refill it with whatever floor cleaner you want.

Second, instead buying the pads, microfiber cleaning clothes work miracles on every type of surface.  I have seen plenty of tutorials on cutting clothes to fit the Swiffer.  The microfiber clothes will stick to the Velcro on the Swiffer without any extra work but most clothes are too large and will trail behind the Swiffer, making it difficult to mop without everything getting wrinkly and lumped up.  So lame.

Ugh!  Extra Cloth Just Gets in the Way!

Ugh! Extra Cloth Just Gets in the Way!

You could either cut the clothes to fit the Swiffer and sew a hem to keep them from unraveling (which is a lot of work) or you could do this:

No Sew Swiffer Wet Jet pad

Genius I tell you.  Slip a rubber band over the Swiffer and stuff the extra cloth under it.

A Simple Rubber Band Does the Trick!

A Simple Rubber Band Does the Trick!

It stays out of the way – no need for sewing and cutting!

Swiffer Wet Jet Microfiber Homemade Cloth Pad

So easy.

Linked up at Thrifty Thursday, Fabulously Frugal, and Think Tank Thursday!