Monday, March 17, 2014

How to make your own tortilla chips!


We are a few months into our journey to being debt-free and I am very happy to say that I have absolutely NO worries of us falling off the wagon!  :) We are going to see this thing through!

We continue to find new ways to cut back on our expenses and have made a game of it.  We talk about it almost every day and I am actually impressed with what we have come up with so far.  My next post will be all of the big steps we have taken, but first I wanted to share a new recipe of mine that was inspired by our gazelle-size grocery budget.

Our grocery budget keeps getting cut down and down and down each month, which means it is a challenge every month to make sure we have enough groceries and stay within our budget.  It can and has been done, so that is why it is so low (about $50 per week). 

That being said, I MUST be organized before heading to the store and I MUST plan out our meals (eating cheaper foods, watching what's on sale, using the same ingredients in multiple meals, etc).  I feel so accomplished when everything works out right and we are left with pretty much nothing in our pantry or fridge the day before I make my next grocery trip (all about the small victories, right?).

The ONE thing that kept being left over time and time again = corn tortillas.

Have you ever been able to eat them all before they go bad? There are SO many of them in a bag!

This was irritating me that we were waiting food and money so I decided that we either had to stop buying them or come up with a creative way to eat them (without getting entirely sick of them).

The solution:

Homemade Tortilla Chips {healthy} 

I had remembered seeing something online about making your own chips by baking tortillas in the oven. My thought was, if I could actually make them taste like real tortilla chips, we would absolutely eat more of the tortillas {who doesn't love munching on chips?} and we would really enjoy having some "junk-ish" type food in the house. We don't really ever buy any crunch "snacky" type foods because the are simply not in our budget.  Occasionally, I pick up a bag of pita chips to go with our hummus if I have a couple of dollars left and they don't last long at all in our house. 

After attempting a couple of times {and only wasting a few tortillas} I successfully made my own tortilla chips and (the best part) they are husband approved! :)

They are SO simple to make, SO good, and you can store them in plastic baggies for later and they stay nice and fresh! 

The best part is, they are so versatile! For my fellow "Davers", they go very well with "beans and rice". :)

Here's how you make them:

What you need:

  • a bag of corn tortillas
  • creole seasoning
  • a pizza cutter

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut tortillas into triangles using a pizza cutter.  Stack them up and cut them all at once!


3. Lightly spray the pan, place the tortilla triangles on the pan, and sprinkle the creole seasoning on top.

4.  Bake for 15-20 minutes. 

NOTE:  This is the hardest part.  You need check them at 15 minutes to see if they are crispy. If not, continue to bake until crispy.  Remember how long you cooked them so the next time you don't have to watch them!

5.  Enjoy!

Below, is a picture of my ground turkey nachos using my homemade tortilla chips.
  {ground turkey, fat-free refried beans, salsa, guacamole, Greek yogurt, jalapenos}

SOO good!




Hope this can help extend some groceries for my friends who are also an a gazelle budget! :)




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