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Fried Tortilla Strips

Scott Phillips

Servings: 8 as a garnish

These tortilla strips follow the same method as Homemade Fried Tortilla Chips, but they are cut into thin strips.


  • 4 6-inch corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt


  • Cut 4 corn tortillas in half, and then crosswise into thin strips.
  • Line a baking sheet with a double thickness of paper towels.
  • Pour 3 inches of oil into a 4- to 5-quart pot (about 10 cups). Attach a deep-fry thermometer to the side of the pot, and heat the oil over medium-high heat to 350°F.
  • Carefully add half of the tortillas to the oil. Use a wire skimmer or slotted spoon to stir the tortillas and keep them submerged until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Using the skimmer or slotted spoon, remove the tortillas, letting most of the oil drain back into the pot. Spread them on the paper towels to drain, and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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