Monday, July 8, 2013

How To Refresh Stale Tortilla Chips

I admit some things on this here blog that I shouldn't proclaim to the entire world wide web. Things I should be embarrassed by, but, really, I have no shame. This is another one of those things.

Recently, the husband and I had a couple pals over for dinner. We were going to serve chips and guacamole to get things started. Thankfully, I had purchased a giant bag of tortilla chips from Costco. There was one little problem with the chips, though. I wasn't exactly sure when I had purchased that giant bag. And I wasn't exactly sure when the husband opened it in search of a little snack. What I was sure of...those chips were stale. 

If I was a really good hostess, or a person with moral scruples, I would have purchased a fresh bag of tortilla chips for my guests. But these are really good friends and the kind of folks who would be willing to be guinea pigs for a little experiment I had in mind. 

You see, those stale chips reminded me of a conversation my pal Shivani and I had many years ago. She told me that you could pop tortilla chips in the oven for a few minutes, and they'd taste like the ones served at Mexican restaurants. I don't know what took me so long to try it out, but it was high time. I baked those stale suckers and served them to our guests. I totally admitted this, mind you, and asked for their honest opinion about the freshness of the chips. It was unanimous; the chips were delicious!

So here's the secret...

How to Refresh Stale Tortilla Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread tortilla chips on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 10 minutes, stirring them halfway through if you remember. Serve warm. 

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