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How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
May 22nd, 2017 at 9:56am
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So far I have not had a lot of luck making good tortilla chips from fresh corn tortillas.  Does anyone know how to do this?
  
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Re: How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
Reply #1 - May 22nd, 2017 at 7:28pm
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I'm sure I'm missing something here, but I just buy chips when I want chips and tortillas when I want tortillas. So far, it's worked well that way. Cool Shocked
  
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Re: How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
Reply #2 - May 23rd, 2017 at 6:42am
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I would rather carry a pkg of tortillas than to carry a bag of chips.  The tortillas travel better and take less room and less "baby sitting" to keep dry and whole than chips require.  So yeah, it is a serious question. IC
  
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Re: How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
Reply #3 - May 23rd, 2017 at 7:47am
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IC -

I'm sure you've seen articles like this: (You need to Login or Register to view media files and links) .  While I'm the very last person in the world who should be commenting about anything in the "What's Cooking" forum, it seems to me that temperature control in a camp fire could be a big issue with getting them right.

Yeah, when I first saw your post my mind was taking the same portage trail as Old Salt's did.  Then I remembered the very reason why I never take "chips" with me in the first place... they get crushed in my food barrel!  Heck, I had two years in a row when my "Cheese Whiz" canister - seemingly impervious - exploded inside of the barrel.  Talk about a mess!  Anyway, all sorts of interesting things go on in packs during the bumping and banging of loading/unloading etc.

Anyway, I "get it" why you wish to pack tortillas.  It's the very same reason I've gone back to packing blocks of cheddar cheese. 

Good luck!

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Re: How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
Reply #4 - May 23rd, 2017 at 10:26am
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I don't know if this is a solution or not, but I'm going to take one of these ( (You need to Login or Register to view media files and links)) along on my upcoming trip to do some cooking over the fire.  While steaks and "fry bread" are on the menu, I suspect if it works for the bread-type items, you could "bake" tortillas to create chips.

The Grill Mat I'm taking is a light weight, flexible, teflon coated material that is intended for use on a BBQ grill and withstands temperatures up to 500 degrees.  It is (of course) non-stick.  The individual sheets are light weight and can be cut-to-it.  I'm taking one sheet and cutting it in half to fit the particular grill I'm taking.  While I'm mostly going to use 1 sheet at a time, I'm guessing that if you put a thin cooking item between layers and lightly weigh it down, you could bake something like a tortilla.

You mentioned corn tortillas, but I'm guessing you might have a bit better luck using flour tortillas since they seem (to me) to have a bit more oil content.  In any case, I've toasted flour tortillas over a range top at home and they brown nicely over a gas flame. 

If you a not in a hurry, I'll post feedback on how useful the mat is for open fire cooking.  I'll be trying out some bread and pan cakes batter (which is listed as a possible selection in the linked ad).  I also notice that veggies can be grilled with the mat without smaller pieces falling through the grill slats.

One caution, however. Like teflon coated pans, the teflon mat will scratch when using metal utensils, but since I mostly use non-metal, heat-resistant utensils, I think I'll be OK.  I'm not looking for something else to scrub clean anyway!  While I did buy the black version (assuming better heat distribution), If I were doing it again, I might go for the tan version so I could more easily detect which side was facing the fire and might have soot on it.

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Re: How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
Reply #5 - May 23rd, 2017 at 10:31am
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The cheese whiz might have exploded out of the nozzle from built up pressure going refrig cold to barrel hot.  Bet that WAS a mess.  I am OCD over putting anything messy in an extra plastic bag to guard against any leakage.
I'll check out those on-line recipes.  I find some campfire cooking, requiring high quick heat like hash browns, flour tortillas, fish, etc. goes better than it does at home where you do not want to fill the house with the aroma of scorching hot grease or the mess to clean up the stove.   Smiley
  
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Re: How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
Reply #6 - May 23rd, 2017 at 10:39am
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I like to take powdered Hummus and want to pair it with corn, not flour, to improve the nutritional value.  But am sure the flour would work as well and maybe crisp up faster than corn.  If you like hummus the natural food stores usually carry the bulk powdered and certainly the boxed kind.  Just mix with water, small amount of garlic, some olive oil and dash of lemon juice to taste.
  
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Reply #7 - May 23rd, 2017 at 7:24pm
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IC, how about something like Fritos Scoops?  Essentially, they are corn tortilla chips, but they are a bit thicker and would travel better, I'd think. Perfect for the hummus too.  Try putting them into a Ziploc or a food sealer bag (no vaccum...) with most of the air squeezed out and then find an appropriate size cardboard box to put them in to avoid the crush.  Add some other light items or newspaper to take up any extra volume so they don't get shook up and break that way.  I do that all the time with things like bread (King's Hawaiian loaf...makes awesome French toast...), crackers, and anything delicate.  The box then makes great fire starting material and disappears when you're done with it.

Plus...according to Les Stroud, they make great fire starters themselves!

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Re: How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
Reply #8 - May 24th, 2017 at 12:15am
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intrepid_camper wrote on May 23rd, 2017 at 10:39am:
If you like hummus the natural food stores usually carry the bulk powdered and certainly the boxed kind.  Just mix with water, small amount of garlic, some olive oil and dash of lemon juice to taste.

I can usually find the Casbah brand (boxed) Hummus and have taken it on trips for about a decade.  I've tended to go with Pita chips or bread.
Garlic/lemon juice is good, but my favorite is roasted red peppers (with olive oil of course).

As for Fritoes, I'm saving those to have with chili!

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Re: How to??? Make tortilla chips from corn tortillas?
Reply #9 - May 24th, 2017 at 7:18am
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Cheese whiz in a metal can?
  
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