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Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

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Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Cooking Temperature350 degrees Fahrenheit

The exact cook time can vary. Read below for our tips!

Craving a snack and looking for something magically dippable? Air fryer tortilla chips are not difficult at all!

With a few corn tortillas and a little bit of salt and oil, these tortilla chips turn out crispy and delicious.

They are perfect for snacking (especially during the big game) but also work well if you want to make air fryer nachos right at home.

crispy tortilla chips arranged around bowl of red salsa with hand dipping one chip in.
Air fryer tortilla chips – homemade and ready for dipping!

Ingredients

corn tortillas and salt and oil on grey counter with labels.
That’s all you need for these simple tortilla chips.

In order to make these tortilla chips in the air fryer, here are the ingredients that you will need. It’s not a huge list!

  • Corn tortillas – We used four corn tortillas but you can use as many as you like.
  • Avocado oil spray – We use avo oil in a spray bottle but you can also use other oil. If you don’t have an oil spray bottle, read the tips below.
  • Salt – Optional, but recommended. To add flavor.

Recipe Tips

Before you make these air fryer corn tortilla chips, have a brief read through these recipe tips so that you know what to expect from this recipe!

  • Use corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas for a crispier texture.
  • There are lots of different variations you can make by trying different spices. We keep it simple with just salt but you can get creative. An easy addition would be paprika or chili powder.
  • Don’t skip the oil as this makes the tortilla chips extra crispy. You don’t need a lot.
  • If you don’t have an oil spray bottle, you can brush the corn tortillas with some oil before cutting them. Make sure to brush both sides with oil.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer – otherwise the tortilla chips might not cook and crisp evenly. Air fry them in batches.
  • The tortilla chips will harden further as they cool. They can also go from perfect to too dark quite quickly, so keep an eye on them.

We use this air fryer for our recipes and it has been great.

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Step by Step Instructions

In this section, we’ll show you exactly how to make tortilla chips in the air fryer – with visuals. This way, you can see just how we made them and compare your progress as you air fry!

The recipe card with more details is located at the bottom of this post!

round corn tortillas cut into quarters on wooden cutting board.
Cut the tortillas into wedges.

Start by preheating the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also skip preheating if you prefer, just keep in mind that the cooking time for the first batch may be a minute or so longer.

Next, cut the corn tortillas into wedges (usually quarters work well).

raw corn tortilla chips arranged flat in black air fryer tray.
Place the tortilla wedges in the air fryer.

When the air fryer is hot, place enough tortilla wedges into the air fryer in one layer – be sure there is no overlap. You’ll likely have to cook them in batches.

oily tortilla chips in air fryer basket on counter.
Spray with oil.

Lightly spray the chips with oil spray.

crispy tortilla chips in black air fryer basket sitting on counter.
The tortilla chips should be crispy.

Air fry the corn tortilla chips at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes, flip them over, and spray them with more oil. Air fry for another 2-3 minutes.

Keep an eye on them because they can go from perfectly crispy to too dark quite quickly.

The exact cooking time can vary based on the brand of corn tortillas, your air fryer and personal preference.

crispy homemade tortilla chips sitting on black cooling rack on counter.
Let them cool slightly.

When they are done, remove the chips from the air fryer and place them on a cooling rack. Sprinkle them with salt right away.

The tortilla chips will harden and absorb more of the oil as they cool.

crispy tortilla chips around bowl of salsa with hand dipping one chip in.
Enjoy these tortilla chips!

Repeat the above steps until you have air fried all the corn tortillas. Then serve the tortilla chips with salsa or other dip of choice. Enjoy!

Storage Tips

These tortilla chips are best enjoyed crispy and fresh. You can place any leftovers in a sealed container and store them at room temperature.

They will last for a few days, but we would recommend eating them sooner rather than later since they can get slightly stale over time.

Don’t store them in the fridge – this would make them soggy over time.

The good news is that you can reheat them in the air fryer. Aim for 280 degrees Fahrenheit for just a minute or two until heated through.

What to Serve Air Fryer Tortilla Chips With

Once you’ve got these freshly made tortilla chips, you can dip them in your favorite salsa, guacamole, a nice queso dip, or sour cream.

If all this talk of dipping is making you hungry, you might then consider making air fryer nachos with these chips!

FAQ

How to make tortilla chips in air fryer?

To make air fryer tortilla chips, cut the fresh corn tortillas into quarters and place in the air fryer. Spray with oil, then air fry at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes a side. Spray the other side with oil when you flip. Keep an eye on the chips as they cook and sprinkle them with salt when they are done and cooling out of the air fryer basket.

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crispy tortilla chips around bowl of salsa with hand dipping one chip in.

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Air Fryer Tortilla Chips are a quick and delicious snack. Made from just three ingredients, these homemade tortilla chips are great for making nachos, dipping, or just snacking away!
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 corn tortillas
  • avocado oil spray
  • salt, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cut the corn tortillas into wedges (usually quarters work well).
    4 corn tortillas
  • When the air fryer is hot, place some tortilla wedges into the air fryer in one layer – be sure there is no overlap. You'll likely have to cook them in batches. Lightly spray the chips with oil spray.
    avocado oil spray
  • Air fry the corn tortilla chips at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes, flip them over, and spray them with more oil. Air fry for another 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on them because they can go from perfectly crispy to too dark quite quickly. The exact cooking time can vary based on brand of corn tortillas, your air fryer and personal preference.
  • When done, remove the chips from the air fryer and place them on a cooling rack. Sprinkle them with salt right away. The tortilla chips will harden and absorb more of the oil as they cool.
    salt
  • Repeat the above steps until you have air fried all the corn tortillas. Serve tortilla chips with salsa or other dip of choice. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don’t have oil spray, you can lightly brush the corn tortillas with oil before cutting them. Brush both sides.
  • Don’t skip the oil, it makes the tortilla chips extra crispy. You don’t need to add a lot.
  • There are lots of different variations you can make by trying different spices. An easy addition would be paprika or chili powder.
  • Don’t overcrowd your air fryer – otherwise the tortilla chips might not cook and crisp evenly. Air fry them in batches.
  • Tortilla chips taste best fresh so eat them right after making them (once they have cooled slightly). 

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.

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Lisa is the founder and main creator for Simply Air Fryer. As the author of two successful food blogs, she's usually found measuring ingredients, trying out new combinations, or hiding behind the camera snapping photos of food. She bought her first air fryer over 2 years ago and has since used it over 350+ times. With the help of her trusty sidekick (husband), she's created and tested lots of recipes for Simply Air Fryer.

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