Have your kids make their own crunchy, homemade tortilla chips by using scissors to cut the tortillas and a paintbrush to coat them with olive oil. With a little help, even the littlest hands can make this. Serve with guacamole for a filling snack or appetizer.
3-INGREDIENT HOMEMADE TORTILLA CHIPS
- Corn tortillas
- Olive oil
- Whole grain: corn tortillas are considered a whole grain, while fresh corn, like corn on the cob, is considered a vegetable. Corn masa is also classified as a whole grain.
- What is a whole grain? Whole grains contain all three parts of the grain kernel, including the bran, germ and endosperm. Refined grains are whole grains that have been processed to remove the bran and the germ, leaving just the endosperm. During processing, the fiber, iron and many of the B vitamins are removed. Most refined grains are enriched, meaning the vitamins and minerals that were removed are added back in. However, the fiber is not added back in.
- Fiber is an important part of your child’s diet. It keeps your child’s digestive tract moving and prevents constipation. Diets rich in fiber also reduce your child’s risk of obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
- What to look for: when buying corn tortillas look for the words “whole corn”, “whole grain corn flour” or “corn masa” on the label to make sure it’s a whole grain. If the label says “degermed corn”, that means the germ portion has been removed and it is no longer a whole grain.
TIPS FOR TODDLERS
- Toddlers may find it easier to paint the whole tortilla first, and then have you cut it into triangles for them. They can finish off by sprinkling with salt and placing the triangles onto the baking sheet.
FOR A SWEET TREAT
- Let your little one sprinkle the tortilla with sugar and cinnamon after coating with olive oil. However don’t make the mistake I made by letting your toddler hold the whole container (see below).
- Wondering if your sugar is vegan? Check out PETA’s article by clicking here.
Instructions For Homemade Tortilla Chips
Step 1: Cut the tortillas
- Using kid friendly scissors, cut the tortillas into approximately 8 triangle pieces (6 pieces are fine too). Toddlers may need adult help cutting the tortilla pieces (mine does).
- If you have a child learning about fractions, this is a great way to practice! Ask them to cut the pieces into eighths or talk to them about which is bigger; 1/2 , 1/4 or 1/8 of a tortilla.
Step 2: Pour olive oil into a small bowl. Use a paintbrush to coat both sides of the tortilla pieces.
Step 3: Place the tortilla pieces onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
Step 4: Bake in the oven
Bake for 8 minutes, rotate the baking sheet, and bake for another 7 minutes. Oven temperatures may vary a bit, so remove from oven when golden and crispy. Mine take 15 minutes.
Serve with Guacamole for the perfect snack or appetizer. Click here for an easy and fun guacamole recipe to make with your kids.
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Homemade Tortilla Chips: Cooking Activity For Kids
- Kid safe scissors
- Small bowl
- New or clean paintbrush or pastry brush
- Cutting Board
- Baking tray
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 corn tortillas
- sprinkle of salt
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Use kid safe scissors to cut the tortillas into 8 triangle pieces.
- Pour olive oil into a small bowl. Use a paintbrush to coat both sides of the tortilla pieces.
- Place the tortilla pieces onto a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 8 minutes, rotate the baking sheet, and bake for another 7 minutes. Remove from oven when golden and crispy, about 15 minutes.
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