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?
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:
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:
Place the tortilla over the cookie cutter.
Use a rolling pin to get enough pressure to cut the tortilla. Tortillas are tough little buggers.
Excuse the poor photography…
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.
Chips cut into special shapes are great as a treat for kids, but would also be a nice addition to a themed party!