Spooktacular Halloween Chips

// Looking for a healthy way to snack on Halloween? Try baking or air frying your own Halloween chips! These snacks are perfect for parties.



This Spooktacular Halloween Chips recipe is a wonderful spooky treat that will elevate your snack game. With the Baked and Air-Fried versions of this recipe you can craft this beastly delightful snack in no time.

Made using only 3 ingredients, these chips get ready in just 15 minutes.

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photo of a plate of halloween tortilla chips with a bowl of tomato salsa on it

Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to celebrate with a hauntingly mouth-watering treat, and these Mexican Spiced Baked & Air-Fried Halloween Tortilla Chips are just perfect for this occasion. 

Whether you are hosting a Halloween party, looking for a fun activity, or just craving something festive, our Halloween Chips Recipe has got you covered. 

In this recipe, we will use two methods: baked and air-fried, for making the ultimate crispy and spooky chips.

About Halloween Chips

Aren’t these Mexican Spiced Halloween Tortilla Chips wickedly charming? They are easy to whip up and are sure to charm your Halloween party guests.

Our Spooktacular Halloween Chips are not your regular snacks, these spook-tacular chips are prepared to delight and amuse. With just basic ingredients, you can transform regular tortillas into a snack that is both delicious and visually enticing.

These easy chips are ideal for Halloween parties, movie nights, or even as a fun and festive lunch box treat for kids. 

Prepared from flour tortillas, these Halloween Chips possess an unnatural crunchiness and a tantalizing spiciness that pairs temptingly well with salsa. Tortilla, Mexican Spice Blend, and Olive Oil is a Flavorful Trio, and this recipe uses them all. 

there is a plate of halloween tortilla chips that has a chip in it with a bowl of tomato salsa on it

Crispy or Puffy: Choosing Your Halloween Chips

You have two options for making your Halloween chips: baking or air-frying. I have baked these chips for a classic and healthier hassle-free alternative. You can also air-fry or even deep fry these chips. 

Baked chips are crispy and golden, with a slightly firmer texture, and maintain their flat appearance; while the air-fried versions puff up enticingly in the hot air resulting in melt-in-your-mouth quality, with a satisfying crunch.

For that truly spooky look, I recommend sticking to traditional flour tortillas. I have used flour tortillas in this recipe, but feel free to experiment with different tortillas such as white corn, whole wheat, or gluten-free tortillas. 

I have used Mexican spice blend to flavor and spooky cutouts to create shapes. But you can also get creative with different flavors, and shapes.

Benefits of Tortilla Chips

These Tortilla Chips …

  • are spooky, fun, and splendid

  • are effortless to make

  • can be baked or air-fried

  • are perfect for halloween gatherings

  • are vegetarian and vegan

  • are a healthy treat option

  • are suitable for kids

  • can be customized

  • can be prepared in advance

  • are also nut-free

Ingredients

  • Tortillas: They are the main ingredient in this chips recipe. They are a staple in Mexican cuisine. I have used flour tortillas for this chips recipe, but you can also use other types of tortillas such as whole wheat or corn tortillas. 

  • Olive Oil: It is used for coating the chips.  A bit of oil helps in achieving the crispy and crunchy texture.

  • Seasonings: I opt for a mexican spice blend which is made using a mix of salt, cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, and oregano. Get creative, and feel free to use any other seasonings of your choice. 

  • Spooky cookie cutter or paper cut out: You can cut the chips in any shape of your choice. To make chips, you can either use Halloween-themed cookie cutters, or paper cut outs. I am using both to craft different shapes.

I have shaped them into  Bat Wings Tortilla Chips, Witchs Hat Tortilla Chips, Jack-O-Lantern Tortilla Chips, monster Tortilla Chips, or other spooky designs.

photo of a plate of Halloween Chips with a candle and a candlelight

Variations

Mummy Tortilla Chips:

Spooky mummy chips are great for dipping in a rich, smoky chipotle salsa or guacamole dip. And you can transform these tortilla chips into mummies. Simply, cut the tortillas into squares and rectangles, and cover them with cheese strips.

Also, use slices of black olive for the eyes and bake/air-fry until they are crispy again. 

Pumpkin Spice Tortilla Chips:

For a Halloween comfort, you can give them a fall flavor. Simply sprinkle these halloween chips with a blend of pumpkin spice and sugar and serve them along with creamy cinnamon dip.

Cheesy Tortilla Chips:

Simply cut the chips in any shape of your choice, sprinkle them with cheddar or mozzarella cheese, and bake until they turn golden brown. Serve with a tomato salsa for a playful and cheesy treat.

Black Bean Tortilla Chips:

You can cut out cookies, and then brush them with a black bean paste mixed with Mexican spices before baking-air-frying. Here you can also use this kidney bean tostada topping. These chips taste great with a side of sour cream and green salsa dip.

Spider Tortilla Chips:

Cut the chips in spider shape and decorate them with edible black food coloring. You can serve these with a dark and flavorful black bean dip.

photo of a person dipping a halloween chip into a bowl of salsa

Serving Suggestions

These Mexican-inspired Halloween Chips are a lovely snack to serve with dipping sauces like salsa and guacamole or drizzle them with zesty salsas and creamy guacamole. 

Sour cream: You can also pair them with a dollop of sour cream to add creaminess and to balance spicy flavors.

Fresh Lime Juice: They can also be drizzled with fresh lime juice for citrusy freshness.

Sides: You can serve these crispy chips with Mexican rice and refried beans to make a traditional and satisfying meal.

Pickled Jalapeños: If you love to heat them, then top with pickled jalapeños as a garnish and enjoy the nice heat.

You can also serve it as a Halloween spread along with Halloween Mummy Pizza Toast, Skeleton Chocolate Bark, Skeleton Oreo, and 7 Halloween Deviled Egg Ideas + Halloween Ghost Egg.

Storage Recommendations

The freshly made chips are always a delight, but you can store any leftovers to preserve their freshness. To store, let them cool. Once the chips have completely cooled, store these baked tortilla chips in an airtight container for up to two days.

If your chips aren’t crisp anymore, then re-crisp them, simply pop them back in the oven or air fryer for a few minutes.

photo of a bowl of tomato salsa and a plate of baked tortilla chips

Pro Tips for the Perfect Halloween Chips

  1. Choose the Right Tortillas: For making tortilla chips, you need to use high-quality tortillas. You can either use flour or wheat tortillas, for the best flavor and texture. Fresh homemade and store-bought tortillas both work wonderfully.

  2. Chips Shapes: When cutting your tortillas into Halloween-themed shapes, you can either use sharp cookie cutters, knives or scissors. A precise shape ensures they bake evenly.

  3. Oil: Don’t Forget to Brush your tortilla shapes with a thin layer of Mexican-spiced olive oil or vegetable oil. This oil later helps them crisp up while baking and lets the seasonings absorb and stick.

  4. Spices: I have used Mexican spice blend here, you can use any of your favorite seasoning. You can balance the seasoning that suits your taste. Experiment and adjust to your liking.

  5. Tortilla alternative: Instead of using a tortilla, you can also opt for Indian flatbreads such as roti, naan, or avocado roti as alternatives.

  6. Cooling: Placing your freshly baked or air-fried chips on a cooling rack will help maintain their crispiness.

  7. Layer with Cheese: If you love a cheesy variation in chips, then just add Mexican style cheese evenly on your tortilla shapes and bake.

  8. Bake to Perfection: Make sure to bake until the chips are light brown and crisp. But also, keep a close eye on them as they can go from golden to burnt quickly.

  9. Baking Time Matters: The baking time may vary based on your oven temperature, tortilla thickness and the desired crispiness. So you can start with around 8 minutes, check regularly and increase the time accordingly.

  10. Do not overlap: Space your tortilla shapes evenly on the baking sheet, make sure that they don’t overlap. This simple step helps with even baking and achieving crispy chips.

  11. Cool Completely: Always, let your tortilla chips cool completely on a wire rack. Once they are cooled, they will become even crisper. This step is crucial, if you want that perfect crunch.

  12. Storage: These Halloween tortilla chips can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days. If you find they have lost some crispness, then you can reheat them in the oven for a few minutes to revive their crunch.

  13. Presentation: For spookier presentation, serve your Halloween tortilla chips on a dark plate along with creepy-themed garnishes like plastic spiders, and black olives for spider eyes.

a white plate of halloween chips with a small bowl of red tomato salsa on top of it

FAQ

Can I make tortilla chips in advance?

Yes, you can prepare these Halloween tortilla chips in advance. You can either shape them in advance or and bake them right before the party. Or you can also bake the chips, let them cool, and then store them in an airtight container.

Reheat them in the oven for a few minutes before serving to restore their crispiness.

Can I use both corn and flour tortillas for Halloween chips?

You can use any tortillas depending on your taste preference. However, I would recommend the flour or wheat tortillas for the best flavors and texture.

How can I make my chips crispier?

For extra crispy chips, ensure that they are evenly coated with oil. The air-frying/baking method typically yields an even crispier result.

What is the best way to cut Halloween-themed shapes out of tortillas?

If you want it easy, then use Halloween-themed cookie cutters for fun shapes. If you don’t have any cutters or you want to have fun creating shapes, then use paper or cardboard cutouts and use a knife/scissors to cut around them.

Can I use different dips for my tortilla chips?

Certainly you can get creative while choosing your dips. You can use fruity salsa like mango salsa, watermelon salsa, and guacamole. You can also serve them with just sour cream, and a variety of hot sauces.

Can I make sweet Halloween tortilla chips for a dessert treat?

You can definitely do that. Just sprinkle your tortilla shapes with cinnamon and sugar for a delightful sweet version and serve them with melted chocolate, caramel, chocolate sauce or even with some Italian hot chocolate.

How can I add a spooky touch to my Halloween tortilla chips?

For a spooktacular touch, consider garnishes like edible black food coloring for spiderwebs, plastic spiders, olive slices for eyes, or colored sugar for a blood-like effect.

Can I make healthy Halloween tortilla chips using whole wheat tortillas?

Yes, you can surely use whole wheat tortillas to make your chips a bit healthier. Whole wheat tortilla chips have a slightly different texture and taste.


Spooktacular Halloween Chips (Step-by-step photo instructions)

Crafting the Spooky Skull Shapes:

  1. Start by creating the spooky skull shapes for your tortilla chips. You can use Halloween-themed paper cutouts or a spooky cookie cutter to achieve the desired shapes, including bat's wings, jack-o'-lanterns, witch's hats, and ghost shapes.
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  3. To make the eyes and mouth, use the piping tip or any small round cutter to create two eye holes. For the mouth, you can also use a small round fluted cutter to shape it without cutting all the way through. Combine 1 tablespoon of Mexican spice blend and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small bowl.
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Baking/Air Frying:

  1. Preheat your oven or air-fryer to 350°F to 175°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the prepared tortilla chips on the sheet and brush them with the Mexican spice-infused oil. Bake the chips in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until they achieve a golden brown hue, rotating the pan halfway through to ensure even cooking. Once baked, let the chips to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy your homemade Spooky Halloween tortilla chips with your favorite dips or salsas.
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Spooktacular Halloween Chips [Recipe]

Recipe Image
Looking for a healthy way to snack on Halloween? Try baking or air frying your own Halloween chips! These snacks are perfect for parties.
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(Rating: 5 from 5 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
22 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Snacks Mexican 4
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
10 calories 1 chip

INGREDIENTS

For Halloween Tortilla Chips
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican spice blend
  • Olive oil
  • Halloween paper cutouts/spooky cookie cutter
  • Piping tip (for crafting the eyes)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Crafting the Spooky Skull Shapes:
  1. Start by creating the spooky skull shapes for your tortilla chips. You can use Halloween-themed paper cutouts or a spooky cookie cutter to achieve the desired shapes, including bat's wings, jack-o'-lanterns, witch's hats, and ghost shapes.
  2. To make the eyes and mouth, use the piping tip or any small round cutter to create two eye holes. For the mouth, you can also use a small round fluted cutter to shape it without cutting all the way through. Combine 1 tablespoon of Mexican spice blend and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small bowl.
Baking/Air Frying:
  1. Preheat your oven or air-fryer to 350°F to 175°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the prepared tortilla chips on the sheet and brush them with the Mexican spice-infused oil. Bake the chips in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes or until they achieve a golden brown hue, rotating the pan halfway through to ensure even cooking. Once baked, let the chips to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy your homemade Spooky Halloween tortilla chips with your favorite dips or salsas.

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NOTES:

  1. Make sure you do not use high heat, as it can cause the chips to brown too quickly, preventing them from crisping properly.
  2. Alternate Deep Fry Method: Heat enough oil in the skillet over medium heat until it is moderately hot. Deep-fry 4 to 5 chips at a time in the hot oil until they turn a golden brown on both sides, which should take about 1 minute per side. Use a slotted spoon to carefully remove the chips from the oil, and place the fried chips on a paper towel to absorb any remaining oil, and continue cooking the remaining chips. Sprinkle them with Mexican spice blend and serve with tomato salsa or guacamole.


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