April 7, 2012

Garlicky Black Pepper Tortilla Chips

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Are you familiar with the I Heart Cooking Clubs? Twice a year, a celebrity chef is featured and entrants cook something each week from the chef's recipe collection. The chef this time is Rick Bayless. I love Mexican food, so I had to join this time.

There's a theme entrants must adhere to each week, and this week's theme is "Bienvenido Rick!" and we were to choose any of Rick's recipes to make. Since this is my first time with I Heart Cooking Clubs, and because it's the start of the Rick Bayless series, I had to go with a starter... an antojito (ahn-toh-HEE-toh).
I chose to make the Garlicky Black Pepper Tortilla Chips, but I had to put a little spin on it. The recipe calls for making a garlic and black pepper infused oil, which is then painted onto store-bought tortilla chips and baked in the oven for a short time.

I knew I wanted to deep fry my own tortilla chips and certainly didn't want to "paint" oil onto a chip already fried in oil, so I had to adapt the recipe.
I served the chips, which turned out to be very tasty, with some of my Zucchini Salsa and Rick's recipe for a 3-ingredient Easy Old Fashioned Margarita.

Next week's theme is "sweet tooth", so I'm off to hunt for a nice dessert. I think I have one in mind already!

Homemade Garlicky Black Pepper Tortilla Chips
1 pkg corn tortillas
oil for frying
6 large garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 T Kosher salt

Mix pressed garlic, salt, and pepper with a fork and set aside. Heat oil to 375F. Stack tortillas and cut into 8 wedges; separate. Working in batches, fry tortillas until crisp, about one minute. Remove chips from oil and drain on paper towels, then toss chips into a brown paper bag. Continue frying until all tortillas have been used and put into the bag. Pour the salt mixture into the bag and shake gently to distribute. Lay chips on a baking sheet and bake at 325F for 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite salsa and a Margarita!


  1. Oh! I've had these marked to try for a while now. Sounds like a great way to kick things off with Rick. I'm happy that you'll be joining us at IHCC!!

    (p.s...we're not strict, we just announce themes to keep things interesting and challenge us. If you happen to stray from a theme every now and again, we're totally okay with that. we want everybody to enjoy cooking with our chosen chef/cook!) =)

  2. Karen this is so funny!! We're both doing it. LOL
    your chips looks YUMMY!! and the book bloggeres have this thing called "Bloggista" and it's a weekend every spring and fall where you dedicate to fixing up your blog. YOU did a bloggista yourself. LOL Looks nice.

  3. These sounds good! I thought of making tortilla too, but decided to go for nuts as I've got lots of nuts and pumpkin seeds in my pantry! Have a lovely day!

  4. I made tortillas myself for the first time, now i like to make these! There lovely.

  5. Wonderful welcome food! I'd love to nosh on the chips, salsa and drinky-poo out on the deck!

  6. I can see having these chips with salsa and a good margarita - I'm wishing I could be doing that right now! They look awesome!

  7. Love this kind of treat! I am not really aware of this cooking club; but will be back to check on your dessert.

  8. I love Maxican food! That looks delicious!

  9. I have these on my "to try" list. These chips sound so good!

  10. Welcome to IHCC--we are happy to have you cooking along with us! I think you'll find it fun and easy to get inspired by the themes. These chips look wonderful, garlic and black pepper is a great combination. ;-)

  11. So happy to have you cooking along with us at IHCC! I love to pair garlic and black pepper together. These chips sound like they would be addictive. They're also a wonderful way to kick things off. Delicious.

  12. We're big fans of DIY tortilla's around here. I love to use cajun spices and sometimes Arizona Dreaming from Penzey. Homemade chips are perfect with homemade guacamole and a cold margarita :-)

  13. Oh dear, homemade tortilla chips are my weakness. And Rick's recipes are always fantastic. I love his cookbooks. This sounds like a fun group, Karen.

  14. Fun! Maybe I will join in this September.
    Tortilla chips....can't just eat a few! They do sound good!
    My nephew had business in Chicago a while back and it was a priority of his to eat at Rick's restaurant. :)

  15. Mexican food | Sandwiches delivery in mission - cafetaboo , I really like maxican food and its my favorite .


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