How to Make Mexican Chips and Salsa

What do tacos, burritos, eggs, fajitas, salad, tequila, churros, soup, and margaritas all have in common? They all go great with chips and Mexican salsa! There are so many things that pair wonderfully with chips and salsa, it’s much harder to think of food or beverage that wouldn’t be made better with adding in this appetizer. As delicious as chips and Mexican salsa are, there’s one thing you can do to make it even better- make them yourself! Yes, you can make chips and Mexican salsa all on your own. You won’t believe how tasty it is, or how easy it is.

At your next party, you can wow your guests. They’ll say “Hey, great chips and salsa!” and you will be able to reply “Thank you. I made them myself.” They’ll be floored!

How to Make Mexican Chips

You can make your own Mexican chips, and they’ll be way better than anything in a bag you pick up from the grocery store.



  • About 3/4 to 1 cup extra virgin olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil
  • Corn tortillas (each tortilla will make six chips, so 12 tortillas will yield 72 chips)
  • Kosher salt

Step #1: Dry the tortillas in the oven. The tortilla chips will fry better if they are a bit dried out first.

Step #2: Cut each tortilla into six triangle-shaped wedges.

Step #3: Heat the oil in the pan.

Step #4: Fry the tortilla chips. Place a handful of tortilla triangles into the hot oil, in a single layer. Use metal tongs to distribute the tortilla triangles so that they aren’t overlapping and so that all sides get equally coated with oil. Fry them for about two minutes until the chips have just begun to color and they are firm, no longer pliable.

You’ll want to place a paper towel onto a large plate and have several other paper towels ready. That’s it! As you can see, it’s much easier to make fresh tortilla chips than you may have imagined.

How to Make Mexican Salsa for Chips

With the chips made, it’s time to make your salsa. Common fresh salsa ingredients include tomatoes, cilantro, jalapenos, onions, garlic, limes, chili powder, cumin, sugar, salt, and pepper. Of course, you can also add in your favorites like corn and black beans. There’s no right or wrong way to make salsa because you get to make it exactly how you want it to be.

This part is where you can get creative! Make your Mexican salsa sweet, spicy, chunky, or however else you like it. Practice and make it several different ways. You may want to experiment with different peppers or types of tomatoes.

Don’t forget, The Taco Guys offer the best authentic Mexican food in the Los Angeles, CA area. If you want someone else to make the delicious tacos, chips and salsa, and other dishes for your next party, we cater events like this!

To schedule your next event, please fill out our reservation form on our website or call us directly at (310) 654-6177. You can add house-made tortilla chips and pico de gallo, guacamole salsa, and habanero salsa to your order.

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