Seasoned Tortilla Chips

Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with
homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!

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Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!I’ve always been somewhat of a history buff.  I absolutely love Roman and Greek history, and I’ve been known to ask for a big book on Roman history for my birthday.  And not just any book on Roman history.  I wanted the one that was as thick as the telephone book.  (Speaking of which, why do phone companies still print telephone books?  Ours goes straight into recycling bin whenever it shows up on the doorstep.  But I digress…)  So, yeah, I’ve always been fascinated with history.

Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!When my wife and I first decided to move to upstate New York, I did what any logical person would do and googled exactly where we would be moving.  To be completely honest, I didn’t know much about New York other than the city.  But it turns out there’s a whole state up here!  And it’s a big one.  There’s actually a lot of farmland upstate.  I always pictured New York as tall buildings and lots of yellow cabs…but not up here a couple hours north of the city.  We have friends from the city who come visit occasionally, and they always say they’re coming up to their country cottage.

As I was googling our area before we moved, I couldn’t help but notice all the connections to the Revolutionary War and United States history.  We live very close to Saratoga Springs, and the Battle of Saratoga was arguably one of the key turning points in the war.  It also turns out that Uncle Sam is from nearby Troy, NY.  Well, to be fair, Uncle Sam is a fictional person, but he is based on Samuel Wilson, a local meatpacker who helped supply food to the U.S. troops during the War of 1812.  He is buried nearby, and I’d like to go over and see his grave.  I mean I didn’t even know Uncle Sam was a real person until we moved up here!

Image source: Wikipedia
Image source: Wikipedia

With July 4th quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about patriotic dishes to serve at the backyard picnic.  If you’re anything like me, then July 4th is a great excuse to invite friends over and fire up the grill for the afternoon!  But, we all know that delicious grilled food requires delicious appetizers, right?  It’s not a party until the chips and salsa come out!

That’s where these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips come in.  Not only are they perfectly festive for the 4th of July, but they taste delicious, too!  And to make them even more festive, I served ’em up on this striking new Americana Flag Bread Tray from Wilton Armetale.  You can’t get much more patriotic than star-shaped chips and the Stars & Stripes!

Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!You guys may have noticed that I’ve featured several different Wilton Armetale pieces on here over the last year.  I can’t say enough good things about their serveware and grillware!  While this Americana Flag Bread Tray is only made for serving, most of their other pieces are made for both cooking and serving.  And they are freezer safe, too.  That means I can put the pieces in the freezer and then use them to serve cold appetizers.  Or I can put them in a warm oven for serving hot appetizers.  And the grillware is designed to be used directly on the grill.  I don’t know about you, but I always appreciate a multi-tasker when it comes to kitchenware!

Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!Seasoned Tortilla Chips

I included my go-to Restaurant Style Salsa recipe here just because it’s incredibly delicious…and incredibly easy!  Making salsa for a crowd?  This recipe is a cinch to make in bigger batches, too.  (I often make one without jalapenos and one with jalapenos whenever we have friends over.)  These Seasoned Tortilla Chips are deliciously simple, too.  Just cut stars out of corn tortillas, brush ’em with lime juice and olive oil and sprinkle them with spices before baking them up.  But be forewarned…you’re gonna want to make a lot of these.  They have a strange habit of disappearing quickly.  Happy 4th of July!

Did you make a batch of these Seasoned Tortilla Chips at home?  Leave a comment.  Or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog)!

Looking for other fun summer recipes?  Check out these favorites, too:

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Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!

Seasoned Tortilla Chips

Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 205kcal


For the Seasoned Tortilla Chips

For the Salsa


For the Seasoned Tortilla Chips

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  • Using a medium star cookie cutter, cut as many stars as possible out of each tortilla. Place stars on baking sheets. (Don't waste the scraps...bake those up, too, and snack on 'em before your guests arrive!)
  • Combine the olive oil and lime juice. Lightly brush tops of tortilla chips with the olive oil and lime juice. (Note: If you have an oil mister, you can use that instead of brushing the chips.)
  • In a small dish, combine the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle this mixture lightly over tops of chips.
  • Bake for 7 minutes. Rotate pans and bake for 5-7 more minutes, or until edges of stars begin to turn golden brown.

For the Salsa

  • Place all ingredients in a large food processor. Pulse several times until salsa reaches desired consistency.
  • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. (Tip: this salsa tastes even better the next day!)

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    1. Haha…I prefer to think of my chips as handsome and manly rather than adorable, Heather. 😉 Just kidding! You can call these chips anything you’d like…I’ll just be sitting in the corner munching on the whole batch. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Ninj! I had a lot of fun making these chips, too. Plus, you can add in your own flavors. Maple sugar next time? Or maple bourbon perhaps? 🙂

    1. The lime is the best part in my opinion, Medha! Of course, you can have fun and mix up the seasonings, too. Let’s just say this batch didn’t last very long!

  1. Oooh – yum! I love spiced tortilla chips {hey – just realized, I renamed these chips to be your blogs namesake! 🙂 } Have you and Mrs been to a place called Tin Lizzy’s? Well, JWB took me ther recently, and I’ve kinda gotten addicted to their chips – and they come seasoned too – I think I’m gonna have to try your version, David – that way, I won’t pick Tin Lizzy’s everytime JWB suggests a date night!
    That Americana Flag Bread Tray is simply GORGEOUS! Speaking of upstate NY – I just found out my cuz is looking to move to Albany – and I did the same thing you did (even though it wasn’t me who was moving) I Googled it…!!!
    Hope y’all have a wonderful weekend!

    1. YES! I totally rememeber Tin Lizzy’s. We went there a couple of times before we left Atlanta. I had forgotten about it, but that place is awesome! I think it’s totally ok to pick Tin Lizzy’s for every date night ever. 🙂 Wait…your cuz is thinking about moving up here? 1st question: why. Seriously though, if he/she has any questions, I’m happy to help!!

  2. Hi David! These chips look tasty! I think I will have to limit how many I make, lest I become a piglet! We can salsa every summer from our garden bounty – sometimes I add black beans or corn for a little variety.

    1. I’m with ya on this one, Dorothy. I can pretty much promise you that you will eat ALL of the chips you make. I know I was nibbling on chips the entire time I was taking these photos. 🙂 I’m a huge black bean fan, I should totally add some to this salsa next time I make it.

    1. Thank you so much, Savita! The best part is that you can change up the seasonings each time you make these chips. It’s a really fun and festive recipe for sure. 🙂

    1. They are totally easy to make, Deanna…and I actually had a bunch of fun making them! (Of course, I had even more fun eating them, too. Haha!)

  3. LOVE the star shaped tortilla chips! so festive and perfect on that beautiful Americana Flag Bread Tray from Wilton Armetale. Gorgeous! and we are hosting July 4th this year so I need to get my menu together!! AHHHHH!!!!

    1. You’ve still got some time for that 4th of July picnic…but it’ll sneak up on you faster than you realize! Thanks so much for the kind comment, Alice!! 🙂

  4. I am the opposite of a history buff. Haha, I didn’t know uncle Sam was a real person either. Was he someone’s uncle, or just America in general’s uncle? I will pretend I don’t know because I’m Canadian :p
    But these are awesome! Since Canada day is approaching, maybe I should find some maple leaf cookie cutters? Googling it to see if it’s a thing right now…

    1. Oh, you totally get a free pass on American history since you are Canadian, Cathleen! Of course, I expect you to teach me stuff about mounties, hockey and curling. 🙂 I think I actually have a maple leaf cookie cutter in my big box of cookie cutters. It is totally a thing!

  5. Dude these look amazing- I read someone above say they;’d never seen savoury tortilla chips before…come to Australia. It’s all we have! You make these, I;ll bring the guac. Deal? I also want Uncle Sam on a t shirt!

    1. I’m pretty sure you can find Uncle Sam on a t-shirt somewhere. That would be perfect for when you head back to visit Australia! Also, I’ll make a DOUBLE batch of these bad boys if you’ll bring the guac! Deal!

  6. Haha, I was wondering the other day why telephone books were still printed.That’s what the internet is for. That, and delicious recipes like this. I love making my own tortilla chips, there are so many different flavours you can add to them.

    1. Totally! I guess the advertisers justify the printing cost, but they all sadly go straight to the recycling bin for me. Wait…this means you are back from Thailand! I can’t wait to read all of your posts about your adventures over there! 🙂

  7. These tortilla chips and salsa look yummy and festive. I am adding this to my Fourth of July Party Menu. I just love the star shapes. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Thank you so much, Stacey! I gotta admit…these were pretty darned fun to make, too. Just make sure to bake ’em until crispy. Enjoy and happy (early) 4th of July!

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