Chili Lime Tortilla Chips

I don’t know about you, but when I go out to Mexican restaurants the basket of chips at the beginning is my favorite. I like the ones that are hot like they just got out of the fryer and are slightly salty. If it was possible, I would just go in and eat those, but the servers kind of frown on that. So when I had some corn tortillas in the fridge left over from when I made some tacos, I knew just what I wanted to do with them. I fried a few up and while they were still hot tossed them in fresh lime juice, kosher salt and a little chili powder for a kick. Yum!

Chili Lime Tortilla Chips Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:


  • 12 (6 inch) corn tortillas cut into small triangles (I cut mine in half, then into thirds)
  • juice of 1/2 lime, (use the other half for your Corona ;-) )
  • kosher salt
  • chili powder to taste
  • canola oil for frying



Heat about 1 inch of canola oil over medium heat in a large sauce pan. Once hot add some of the tortillas and fry until crisp and golden. About 2-3 minutes. (Note: Be careful not to over load the pan or it will drop the temperature of your oil and your chips will get soggy.) Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat until all of the chips are fried.


Transfer hot chips to a bowl. Sprinkle with a little salt, chili powder and the lime juice. Toss to coat. Serve.


See how easy they are? These are perfect with your favorite salsa or of course guacamole. Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    March 30, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I like the sound of making your own lime tortilla chips!

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      March 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

      Kevin: Thanks Kevin! It is surprisingly easy and you can make some really delicious chips!

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    March 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    These looks great! I’m saving this…


  • Reply
    March 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    You’re welcome finsmom!
    Rita: I bet this would be delicious on corn, I’ll have to give that a try next time I get my hands on some fresh corn. I haven’t tried to make these in the oven, but I have heard that it is pretty easy. All you need to do is lightly brush them with a little olive oil and bake them in a single layer at 350 degrees until they are crispy.
    Thanks Debbie!

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    March 26, 2009 at 5:16 am

    The tortilla chips look great. I’ve had some with lime before and they are the best!

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    March 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Hum, sounds good, I actually like my corn on the cob like that, with lime and chilli. I wonder, have you ever tried to do these chips in the oven?

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    March 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    My goodness! I need to make these ASAP! The chili lime combo sounds amazing! They are my fav part of eating at Mexican restaurants as well! Yum! Thanks for sharinG!