Potato, Tortilla, Bagel, and More: How to Make Your Own Chips

Potato, tortilla, bagel, and more — making your own chips at home will be easier then you think
Potato Chip

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Sliced potatoes ready to be fried for potato chips.

Lays, Doritos, and Pringles, while delicious, are not the healthiest snacks. While they taste great at first, you may regret eating these sodium bombs later. We’re not saying you have to cut chips out of your life completely, but you can make healthier versions of your favorite chips at home. When you make our own, you know exactly what ingredients you’re using and can control the amount of salt in the finished product.

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The truth is that chips — potato, tortilla, bagel, and more — are simple to make at home. The only special tool you need is a mandolin — though if you don't have one, a sharp knife will do. For potato chips, slice your potatoes thin, fry them until golden brown, season them with salt and pepper, and you’re done. Make a quick and simple sour cream and onion dip and you've got a homemade snack that store-bought can't beat. Or make your own "Doritos" or bagel or pita chips or something healthier out of fruit or vegetables.

To start making your own homemade chips , we have the tips and tricks you’ll need.

Apple Chips

Apple Chips


Delicious apple chips sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. Cut your gala apples into thin slices on a mandolin and arrange on a baking sheet. Sprinkle both cinnamon and sugar on apple slices and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until the edges of the apples begin to brown.

Bagel Chips

Bagel Chips


Never had bagel chips — you should try them.

When making bagel chips, start by refrigerating the bagels for at least one hour. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut your bagels into ¼-inch crosswise slices and place on a baking sheet. Add a combination of  a tablespoon each of butter, garlic powder, and salt to your bagel slices and place in a 350 degree F oven for 15 minutes or until the bagels are lightly browned. Let the bagel chips cool on a wire rack before serving.