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Homemade tortilla chips

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 20 minutes

Skill level

More effort

Servings

about 48 tortilla wedges

Homemade tortilla chips are not like the ones that come in pre-packed bags - these are crisper, denser and satisfying to make yourself.

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Ingredients

For the corn tortillas

  • 100g strong white bread flour
  • 150g - maize flour (fine cornmeal)
  • 150ml water
  • 25g lard (or vegetarian shortening)
  • 5g salt
  • 2 tablespoons crushed dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tablespoon black onion seeds
  • A few twists of the mill for black pepper

For turning into the chips

  • Vegetable or other plain oil for frying
  • salt
  • paprika

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and knead until just smooth and round into a ball (about 4-5 minutes). Dust the dough with flour lightly then leave to rest for half an hour under a tea towel or cling film. This doesn’t rise as there is no yeast but does need time for the gluten to begin to develop

  2. Split the dough into either six or eight equal pieces, depending on how big you want your tortillas. You can either do this by sight (chop the dough in half and so on) or, to get the tortillas as equal as possible, weigh the dough and work out the weight for an eighth or tenth of that total. Then weigh portions out accordingly

  3. Put your frying pan on the hob over a medium-high heat

  4. Flour your work surface and roll out a ball of dough thinly (about 1-2 mm thick) and to as close to a circle as possible. Don’t worry if it’s a wonky ‘circle’ as that’s all part of the hand-made charm (please note these tortillas are a little more tricky to handle than normal flour tortillas and will need a little extra flour on your work surface to stop them sticking)

  5. Pop the tortilla on the frying pan and toast on the first side until it is getting dark brown but not burnt. This will only be a minute or even less so keep a keen eye on it. Flip over and repeat on the other side

  6. While the first tortilla is dry-frying roll out the next one, but bear in mind how quick they cook! Repeat until all tortillas are browned on both sides

  7. When the soft tortillas are made, cut them into eight wedges each

  8. Have a few sheets of paper towel ready. Also, have a small bowl ready and the salt and paprika to hand

  9. Pour a layer of oil into the same frying pan, to a few millimeters – it doesn’t have to be a huge amount of oil

  10. Fry as many tortilla wedges at a time as you can fit in the frying pan – fry for about one minute on each side, flipping them over as they puff up a little and brown lightly. Take them out and place on the kitchen towel to get rid of any excess oil

  11. Immediately (while still hot) place them in the small bowl and sprinkle over a little salt and the smoked paprika, toss them so they are covered and set aside.

  12. Repeat steps 10 and 11 until all of the tortillas are fried and seasoned. Serve when they are cooled and have crisped up. They’ll keep for a couple of days in an airtight container

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