For a while now I’ve been hearing about people making their own low-fat and low-salt versions of tortilla chips by cutting tortillas into little triangles and baking them in the oven until they’re crisp and golden. I was making a vegan chilli con carne the other night and because I wasn’t in the mood to serve it with boring old white rice, I decided to make the baked tortilla chips to go with it.
It worked really well, with three tortillas making a small mountain of crisp, biscuity baked tortilla chips I could use to scoop up the chilli con carne. The baked tortilla chips were also very good with the salsa and guacamole dips I served alongside the chilli con carne.
I don’t like to keep bags of tortilla chips in the house because they’re not the healthiest of snack and let’s be honest, sometimes once you start munching them it’s hard to stop, so it’s great knowing that should the need arise and I fancy making something that would go well with some tortilla chips I can bake some within 15 mins.
This chilli con carne takes hardly any effort to make, but is very rewarding in the taste department and is fantastic as leftovers the next day because the flavours of the spices have a chance to marry overnight in the fridge. As you can see in the photo below, I served the chilli con carne and baked tortilla chips with ‘the works’ (hot salsa, jalapeños, guacamole, cucumber and grated dairy-free cheese). I’ll definitely make this again sometime because it’s a great recipe to have on standby for a quick dinner.
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 red onion (diced)
2 chopped peppers (yellow, orange or red)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground smoked paprika
1 tin of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
250g vegan mince
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
Place a large saucepan over a medium heat and put the tbsp of coconut oil in it. Once it’s hot add the diced onion and fry until soft.
Add the spices and chopped peppers and cook for 5 mins.
Add the vegan mince, kidney beans and chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 mins.
Taste the chilli con carne and add salt if required.
Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas mark 4.
Using a pizza cutter, cut your tortillas into little tortilla-sized triangles, place on a baking tray and bake them in the oven until they’re golden brown and crisp. (I turned my baked tortillas over halfway through so that I could make sure they were really crisp.)
Serve the chilli con carne with the baked tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, jalepenos, grated cheese and salad.