Easy Churro Chips (Air Fryer)

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Meet the air fryer churro chips – a crunchy, cinnamon-kissed treat that’s ridiculously easy to make. They’re not just deliciously cinnamon-sprinkled, but also a breeze to whip up, giving you more time to enjoy and less time cooking. Whether you’re using an air fryer for a quick, crispy finish or an oven for that traditional touch, these sweet chips are the perfect solution for busy snackers seeking a delightful treat.

Eat these straight out of the air fryer OR with a sweet fruit dip, with vanilla ice cream, or drizzled with chocolate syrup!

Top down image showing a white plate of chips covered in cinnamon and sugar. A hand is holding a single chip over the plate. There is a teal napkin and two cinnamon sticks off to the side

Why You’ll Love These Churro Chips

  • Quick & Easy to Make: They come together in a snap, perfect for when you need a tasty treat without much fuss.
  • Satisfies Sweet Cravings: They hit the spot perfectly when you’re craving something sweet and cinnamon-y.
  • Customizable: Play with different toppings or spices to create your unique flavor twist.

With Cinco De Mayo just around the corner I am reaching for all things churro. Cinnamon sugar reigns supreme when it comes to complimentary desserts, and these quick chips are at the top of the list! They use minimal ingredients, can be made in the air fryer OR the oven, and are loaded with sweet flavor.

Churro chips are a snack-time revelation, merging the crispy crunch of a tortilla chip with the sweet, spiced bliss of a classic churro. Each bite delivers a burst of sugar and cinnamon, complemented by a rich, buttery undertone.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

The ingredient list for this is SHORT. You only need four super basic ingredients, which you probably already have on hand!

  • Tortillas: For churro chips, it’s usually best to go with flour tortillas. Flour tortillas become delightfully crispy yet slightly chewy when baked or fried, closely mimicking traditional churros.
  • Oil: I prefer the finish you get when using oil instead of melted butter, however you can use either. If you’re after that classic, buttery taste, go for butter. If you prefer a lighter snack where the spices are the stars, oil is your friend.
  • Sugar: Reach for white, or granulated, sugar. The fine crystals stick well to the chips and melt beautifully when heated, giving you that signature churro-like crust.
  • Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon mixed with sugar gives you that classic churro flavor.
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Churro Chip Recipe

Here’s a simple guide to making churro chips in the air fryer.

  1. Prep the Tortillas: Cut the flour tortillas into triangle shapes, similar to nacho chips.
  2. Oil Them Up: Lightly brush both sides of the tortilla pieces with oil. This helps them crisp up without being too heavy.
  3. Mix Cinnamon and Sugar: In a small bowl, mix equal parts granulated white sugar and ground cinnamon. Feel free to adjust the ratio to your taste.
  4. Coat the Chips: Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture generously over both sides of the oiled tortilla pieces.
  5. Air Fry in Batches: Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C). Place a single layer of the tortilla pieces in the basket, ensuring they don’t overlap for even cooking. Cook for about 5-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. The cooking time might vary depending on your air fryer.
  6. Cool and Serve: Let the churro chips cool for a few minutes after frying. They will crisp up a bit more as they cool. Serve and enjoy!

Helpful Tools

For making churro chips in the air fryer, having the right tools can make the process smoother and more enjoyable. Here’s a list of helpful items:

  • Air Fryer: (affiliate) The star of the show for cooking the chips to crispy perfection.
  • Kitchen Brush: (affiliate) To evenly and lightly brush the tortillas with oil.
  • Kitchen Scissors or a Pizza Cutter: (affiliate) Great for cutting the tortillas into even, chip-sized pieces.
  • Tongs: (affiliate) Handy for flipping the chips midway through cooking and removing them once done.
Top down image showing triangle cut tortillas sprinkled in cinnamon and sugar on a green cutting board. There is a tablespoon filled with more cinnamon and sugar off to the side

Expert Recipe Tips

  • Even Oil Application: Use a brush for an even, light coating of oil on both sides of the tortilla pieces. This helps with even cooking and crispiness.
  • Uniform Size: Cut the tortillas into uniform shapes and sizes for consistent cooking. Inconsistent sizes lead to some chips cooking faster than others.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: Cook in batches if necessary to avoid overlapping in the air fryer. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking.
  • Let Them Cool: Allow the chips to cool for a few minutes after cooking. They crisp up more as they cool.
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Recipe FAQs

Can I make these churro chips with corn tortillas?

Yes, you can, but they will have a different texture and a more pronounced corn flavor compared to flour tortillas. We tested both versions and prefer flour tortillas.

How do I store leftover churro chips?

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They’re best enjoyed within a couple of days. After that they will start to taste slightly stale.

Can I make these chips without an air fryer?

Yep. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, flipping once halfway through. Chips are done when they are slightly crisp.

Can I add other spices to the cinnamon sugar mix?

Certainly! Feel free to experiment with spices like nutmeg or cardamom for a different flavor profile.

What’s the best way to cut the tortillas?

A pizza cutter or sharp kitchen scissors works best for evenly sized pieces.

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Churro Chip Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 8 minutes

Meet the air fryer churro chips – a crunchy, cinnamon-kissed treat that’s ridiculously easy to make. 

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Instructions

  • Cut the flour tortillas into triangle shapes, similar to nacho chips. The best method is to cut the tortillas in half. Then, cut each half into wedges. Depending on the size of your tortillas and how large you want your chips, each half can be cut into 3 to 4 triangles.

  • Lightly brush both sides of the tortilla pieces with oil. This helps them crisp up without being too heavy.

  •  In a small bowl, mix the granulated white sugar and ground cinnamon.

  • Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture generously over both sides of the oiled tortilla pieces.

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F (175°C). 

  • Place a single layer of the tortilla pieces in the basket, ensuring they don’t overlap for even cooking. Cook for about 5-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy. The cooking time might vary depending on your air fryer.

  • Let the churro chips cool for a few minutes after frying. They will crisp up a bit more as they cool. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Even Oil Application: Use a brush for an even, light coating of oil on both sides of the tortilla pieces. This helps with even cooking and crispiness.
  • Uniform Size: Cut the tortillas into uniform shapes and sizes for consistent cooking. Inconsistent sizes lead to some chips cooking faster than others.
  • Avoid Overcrowding: Cook in batches if necessary to avoid overlapping in the air fryer. Overcrowding can lead to uneven cooking.
  • Let Them Cool: Allow the chips to cool for a few minutes after cooking. They crisp up more as they cool.
Top down image showing a white plate of chips covered in cinnamon and sugar. A hand is holding a single chip over the plate. There is a teal napkin and two cinnamon sticks off to the side. Text overlay reads "air fryer churro chips"

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