Homemade Tortillas & Chips

When I finished the “what I wouldn’t give for…” sentence in our 4-month reflection post I nearly added tortilla chips to my list. They’re a necessary base to delicious things like guacamole and fresh salsa. While they are available in Asunción, the 7-hour bus ride doesn’t make them ultra convenient. So, just like when we didn’t know how we’d ever live without easy access to peanut butter, we buckled down and learned to make our own from scratch.

The first step is to make delicious tortilla shells perfect for fajitas or a quesadilla. With just 4 basic ingredients, they’re a snap to make. And they’re even more delicious than the store-bought ones that often come with preservatives. Update: using hot water makes it so much easier to roll out nice, thin shells – delicious and perfect for turning into chips or using as is!

Homemade Tortilla Shell Recipe


2.5 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 – 1 cup very warm water


1. Mix flour with salt.

2. Add melted butter.

3. Add enough water to form a not-too-sticky ball of dough, about 3/4 cup for me.

4. Pinch off a ping-pong ball clump and roll it out into a super-duper flat circle.

5. Cook in a frying pan (without oil or anything else) for about 25 seconds per side, until it bubbles slightly and turns a light golden brown in some spots.

6. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Makes about 12 tortillas.

From there, you can turn the tortillas into crispy chips.

Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipe


1. Start with homemade tortilla shells, above.

2. Cut each tortilla shell into triangles (or strips, etc).

3. Bake in a single layer at 400 F (200 C) for about 10 – 15 minutes until crispy.


  • Roll your original tortillas as thin as possible for more chip-like chips.
  • Consider increasing the salt in the dough recipe if you’re making the chips.

Chips and Salsa

What do you think? Is it worth it to make something like this from scratch or is it only intriguing for those of us without other options? Have you tried making something similar before or have any tips for us? If you try either of these recipes I’d love to hear your results so be sure to come on back to share!


6 thoughts on “Homemade Tortillas & Chips

  1. I’m going to give it a try although I’ve got to tell you — it seems a lot easier for me to just go buy a bag of chips!

  2. If I had more ambition, I may try them, but we can do without or buy them at the store. It looks likle a fun thing to do, so keep on trying new things. You can show us all what you can make when you come home.

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