Homemade Tortilla Chips Totopos
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Homemade Tortilla Chips (Totopos)

Freshly made tortilla chips, called totopos in Spanish, are easy to make in less than 15 minutes. They are lighter, crispier and with a more authentic corn taste than packaged tortilla chips. They are worth the extra effort it takes to prepare this recipe.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chips, corn tortillas, totopos
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Douglas Cullen


  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups cooking oil
  • Salt optional


  • Preheat 1/4" inch of cooking oil in a wide frying pan. You will need 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups of oil depending on how wide your pan is.
  • You will prepare the chips in batches. Place a single layer of tortilla pieces in the hot oil and cook until they are just turning golden brown.
  • Remove as soon as they turn golden otherwise they will burn which happens very quickly. Continue frying batches until you have cooked all of the tortilla pieces.
  • Place the tortilla chips in a deep bowl lined with paper towels to remove the excess oil.
  • Salt if desired.


  • This recipe will make enough chips to prepare four serving of chilaquiles or serve 4 to 6 people for chips and dip.
  • If your tortillas are really fresh and still moist and pliable, spread them out on the counter for a few hours until they dry out. Remember, stale tortillas make better chips.


Serving: 30chips | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 30g | Sugar: 1g