These Salty Lime Tortilla Chips are a healthier copycat version of Chipotle’s chips. Cut corn tortillas are sprayed with avocado oil and air fried before being tossed with lime juice and salt. Serve with your favorite salsa, guac or use for nachos! Yields 72 chips or about 8 (9 chip) servings.
I have a confession. I love Chipotle’s salty lime tortilla chips.
By now, most people have been to a Chipotle restaurant and are well aware of their amazing chips. Back when I worked at. the hospital, I used to get Chipotle at least once a week (on my lunch break) and quickly became obsessed with their fajita rice bowls, sweet corn salsa, guacamole and (obviously) their salty lime tortilla chips. Can you tell it’s one of my favorite places to eat?
Since moving, and not being able to enjoy their menu items as often, I decided to create my own Chipotle favorites at home. When I first posted this homemade tortilla chips recipe (back in 2011!) it was before air fryers, so I just baked them in the oven. Baking tortilla chips in the oven can make them a little chewy. However the air fryer makes THE BEST crispy tortilla chips! It’s life changing! Especially if you’re like me and afraid of deep frying.
If you don’t already have one, this is your sign to buy an air fryer.
To Make These Baked Lime tortilla Chips You will Need:
- corn tortillas – Use white or yellow corn shells.
- avocado oil spray – Help crisp the chips with air frying or baking.
- lime juice – Freshly squeezed. For extra lime flavor, add a little lime zest.
- coarse salt – I use margarita salt but you can substitute with kosher salt.
If air frying (preferred method) preheat your air fryer to 360°.
Baking? I’ve left instructions for oven baked tortilla chips in the note section of the recipe printable. Please note that baked chips can be a little chewy compared to air fried tortilla chips.
Work in batches, cutting a small stack of corn tortillas into fourths.
Arrange a batch of quartered tortillas on a rimmed baking sheet and spray both sides with avocado oil.
Working in batches, adding a single layer of tortillas in your air fryer basket/insert. DO NOT OVERFILL YOUR AIR FRYER. Air fry for 3 to 4 minutes. During that time, open the air fryer and carefully separate and turn the chips if needed until lightly golden and crispy.
Once crisp, remove and transfer to a rimmed sheet pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas. It usually takes me about 4 to 5 batches in my air fryer.
Once all chips have been made, spread them out on a large rimmed sheet pan.
Drizzle and toss with desired amount of lime juice.
Note: Alternatively, you can use a food-safe spray bottle to spritz the chips with lime juice so it will evenly distribute the lime juice.
Work in batches adding the chips back to the air fryer to crisp back up (lime juice can make spots on the chip soggy).
Once crisp, lightly spritz with avocado or extra light olive oil (should be a fine mist when sprayed) and season with pinches of margarita salt or kosher salt.
I like to serve these salty lime tortilla chips along side my Homemade Salsa or Guacamole.
How To Store Homemade Tortilla Chips:
Store them in an airtight container or bag for 1 week or longer. If they get a little chewier in texture try to crisp them back up in the air fryer. I would not refrigerate or freeze them.
How To Reheat Homemade Tortilla Chips In The Air Fryer:
Preheat your air-fryer to 300°. Add desired amount of tortilla chips to the basket/insert and air-fry in 1 to 2 minute intervals.
Enjoy! And if you give this Salty Lime Tortilla Chip recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Salty Lime Tortilla Chips
- 18 white corn tortillas
- avocado oil spray, or extra light olive oil
- 1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice, can add 1/2 teaspoon lime zest for extra lime flavor
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt, I use margarita salt but kosher salt can be used
- Sprayer For Cooking
- Preheat your air fryer to 360°.
- Work in batches, cutting a small stack of corn tortillas into fourths (triangles).
- Arrange a batch of tortilla triangles on a rimmed baking sheet and spray both sides with avocado or extra light olive oil spray.
- Working in batches, adding a single layer of tortillas in your air fryer basket/insert. DO NOT OVERFILL YOUR AIR FRYER. Air fry for 3 to 4 minutes. During that time, open the air fryer and carefully separate and turn the chips if needed until lightly golden and crispy.
- Transfer tortilla chips to a large rimmed baking sheet and repeat with the next batch of tortillas. Repeat until all chips have been made.
- Once all of the chips have been made, spread them out onto the large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle and toss with desired amount of lime juice. Alternatively, you can use a food-safe spray bottle to spritz the chips with lime juice for a lighter more even distribution.
- Once tossed with lime juice, work in batches adding chips back to the air fryer to crisp back up any chips that may have gotten too much lime juice and are a smidge soggy. About 2 to 3 minutes at 300°.
- Transfer back to sheet pan, lightly spritz with avocado or extra light oil (should have a fine mist when sprayed) and season with pinches of margarita or kosher salt.
- Serve immediately.
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Honestly my favorite chip in the store is the Lime chips. I like to lick all the lime salt off:) These look so good! I love the simplicity of them and you don't even need to fry them.
If salsa goes on my grocery list so do Tostitos Hint of Lime chips… My confession… I can sit and eat an entire bag! Ugh! Not good for the waistline. Nice to have a way to make them in my home. I have made homemade chips before but the addition of bacon fat, lime, and salt takes these to new limits!
I never thought to make my own tortilla chips. These must have great fresh flavor.
I save my bacon fat, and I'm always worried someone's going to look in my fridge and say "what's that?" It's just a hard thing to explain to people who aren't foodies.
I'm making these tonight! whoohooo!
This is the perfect way to use up tortillas and omg my guac is going to ROCK with some lime chips tonight!
bookmarked! as are most of your fab recipes!
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons
I am SO all over making these! and, AMEN!
Wow these look like the real deal! So impressed you just whipped these up. I can't wait to try them for the Superbowl with your salsa… yum!!
These look sooo good! I hate grocery store tortilla chips, I have never been able to find anything that comes close to the kind you get in a restaurant. I will have to try these!
Ang~ Me too, that and jalapeno chips… I'm still thinking of a way to make those from home!
Umm hellllo, how special to make even the chip. I like the whole process of making the actual vessel, lovely pictures as normal…Enjoy the Beef B!
These look amazing!
lime tortilla chips are the best and i'll be using your recipe for sure when the craving hits me next – great job!
My girls & I made these this past weekend. We had to change the cook time 'cause 10 min burnt them, BUT other then that they are WONDERFUL!
The quality of your photos is phenomenal! Now I crave lime tortilla chips.
Sounds just like wat I need for this weekend. Love the photos and simple explanations of the procedure.;-)
I’m sitting here munching on some Chipotle chips, one finally opened in my town! So happy to have found this recipe!
OMG!!! I tried this using yellow corn tortillas and canola oil instead; they were delicious! I’ll keep this recipe in rotation of Mexican night!
This made me happy. Not all things make me happy, but this specific recipie in a seas of low quality chips. I can tell just by the pictures that these are good chips ( i just happen to be one of the most esteemed chip connoisseur of my era). I am still creating this concoction now and I am excited as ever to try them. Thanks Gurly!!
I make baked tortilla chips all the time, you can make them with just lime (I add cayenne for some spice). You dont have to add any fat at all I’ve successfully baked them tons of times with no oil or fat and they can come out perfectly crispy if you watch them carefully 🙂
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