Homemade Tater Chips

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I’m not sure that I have ever heard of anyone who doesn’t love potato chips.  I’ve heard of folks who can’t eat potato chips, or “try not” to eat potato chips, and a few people who say potato chips go straight to their thighs, but I can’t think of a single instance where someone said to me, “I hate potato chips.” I’m sure they are out there. Like people who don’t like cheese or chocolate, but I’m not sure how I feel about folks like that.

Anyway, homemade potato chips are pretty dang easy. There’s really only 4 steps. Slice ’em. Fry ’em. Drain ’em. Season them. Oh yeah, step 5 – Eat ’em. There are a couple things to keep in mind when getting ready to make these crunchy morsels. First you want to make sure you slice them as thin as you can. You could use a food processor or (my new favorite tool!) a mandoline. I won this one from OXO at this past weekend’s Food Blog Forum and I am totally in love.  It’s sturdy, easy to use, and easy to clean. My three favorite things in the world!

Back to the chips. So, you slice as thin as you can so that your chips will be really crunchy. Heat up the oil and think about seasoning. I used my hubby’s barbeque rub that is called Butt Glitter. You can use whatever you have on hand or just use salt! It will be delicious. Make sure you fry those chips up until it sounds like they aren’t cooking any more, drain , and season immediately. Then you are ready to eat!


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Jodie is a mom, wife and writer with a full-time job. She loves to make simple and delicious meals that fit in the family budget.

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  1. One to two days? I never manage to have enough left at the end of it to put in a bag. At all. They don’t even get to cool off. They’re just too good. And highly memorable with kids.

  2. These look fantastic! I finally got a mandoline this year but I’ve been too afraid to actually use it (even though it’s got a safety guard and everything). But I will very soon…sounds like these potato chips might be among the first things I make. 🙂

  3. Ok, first of all, beautiful pics. Second, I have got to get my hands on a mandoline so I can re-create these amazingly awesome chips, and third, with a name like “Butt Glitter”, how do you not sprinkle it on everything!!! LOL! That’s awesome!

  4. I am a sucker for anything and everything homemade…And of course, I love potato chips!!!
    Can’t wait to reach step #5…Eat ’em! Thanks for posting this!

  5. They look absolutely fabulous. By the way, why exactly is a potato called a ‘tater’? I only identified them by the photos.

    1. Sometimes I forget that people who aren’t from the South read this blog. A “tater” is a potato. We’ve got “tater” chips, “tater” tots, “tater” salad, and the ever popular mashed “taters”. It’s just how we talk. We can’t help it. 😉

  6. I noticed the chips at the store are really expensive these days. So how much can a person save making their own? For instance, when you figure the time, you save more than minimum wage and you don’t have to pay the taxes, not to mention your celebrity status at home.

    1. I know. Right?! In the future I’m going to try to come up with awesome names like that for all of my recipes. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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