Save calories and money by making these homemade tortilla strips baked in the oven until perfectly golden and crispy.
Hi friends! The last few times I’ve made tortilla strips, I’ve made them in the air fryer. But, when I made a crockpot version of my instant pot tortilla soup (coming soon) last week, I wanted to make a BUNCH of tortilla strips, but the air fryer is only good for small batches. 2-3 tortillas at a time, MAX. I wanted to do much more than that, so I decided to bake them.
The disadvantage of baking your tortilla strips is that they take significantly longer than the air fryer. About 15-20 minutes versus 4-5 minutes, but you can use eight or more corn tortillas on a large sheet pan vs. just a couple of tortillas at a time. Or you can make about four tortillas worth in a toaster oven.
I’m sharing this recipe now because there isn’t a time when I don’t want tortilla strips in my house. From soups to salads, we use them all year long! So I wanted to share how to make homemade tortilla strips in the oven if you don’t have an air fryer or want to make a larger batch!
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can you use any tortillas?
I’ve only tested this homemade tortilla strip recipe with corn tortillas. You could probably substitute wheat or gluten-free. You just may need to adjust the time. Watch them closely! Let us know if you try it!
- What do I use homemade tortilla strips?
We like them on taco salads and Mexican-themed soups! I’ve also used them as an emergency chip when we were out of chips!
- How to make homemade tortilla strips crispy?
If your tortilla strips aren’t crispy following this recipe, they need more time in the oven. Beware, though. You must watch them carefully because there is a fine line between crispy, crunchy, and burned! So keep an eye on them and test them every minute if you go over 15 minutes total bake time.
How to Store Homemade Tortilla Strips
These are best stored in a freezer bag in a cool, dry place like the pantry. You do not want to put the homemade tortilla strips in the refrigerator or freezer. They will become soft and stale. Our tortilla strips never last too long, but you should be able to keep them around two weeks without them getting stale (as long as you keep the bag shut.)
Recipes to Use Your Tortilla Strips With:
- Instant Pot Tortilla Soup
- Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup
- Paleo Taco Salad (won’t be paleo with corn tortillas)
Baked Homemade Tortilla Strips
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the paper with cooking spray.
- Cut the corn tortillas into 1/4 inch strips, spread out evenly over the baking sheet, and then spray with cooking spray. I used avocado oil spray.8 corn tortillas, cooking spray
- Bake for 10 minutes, shake to mix them up, and bake an additional 5 minutes. Check on the tortilla strips often. Depending on the climate, oven, etc., they may cook faster or slower, and you don't want to burn them! Bake until your desired crispy level is achieved! If you go over 15 minutes total cook time, I would check on them every minute and keep a close eye, so they don't burn.