Homemade corn chips

Tortilla Chips

1 cup corn meal
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Combine corn meal, water, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir mixture until dough forms a ball and stays together. Add a little water if necessary, a tablespoon or two at a time. Let dough rest for at least 20 minutes (the longer, the better).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using your hands, press dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet, making it as thin as possible. Use a knife to score chips into desired shape. Bake 20 minutes, or until slightly browned and crispy.

Yield: 4-6 servings (serving size = about 8-12 chips)

Recipe Notes

  • Break into smaller pieces, and put in a bowl of soup.


  1. Sue Boisvert says:

    I used Bob’s Red Mill coarse ground cornmeal – whole grain, but it never formed into a dough. Is it a different type of cornmeal I need?

    • Hi, Sue. Yes, the finer the texture, the smoother the muffins will be. I have used coarse ground cornmeal in this recipe in the past (by mistake), and it did work, although the muffins were crumbly. Is that what you experienced? I would recommend trying a finer grain. The cornmeal should be more like flour. I hope that helps!

  2. Hi, can you use Bob’s Stone Ground Corn Flour to make Tortilla Chips?

    Thank you

    • Corn flour is acceptable on the fast; however, it’s finer than corn meal, so it tends to make these muffins a bit dense. I prefer corn meal for this particular recipe for that reason. You can certainly use corn flour and see what you think. Thanks for your question!

  3. It was hard for me to get the mixture thin enough to be the texture of a regular tortilla chip without making holes in the mix when I spread it out. I got it as thin as could, but the chips turned out hard and about 3x as thick as a regular chip, so it was really hard to eat them. I ended up just soaking them in some Daniel Fast friendly tortilla soup until they softened up. Good flavor though!

    • Great idea to add the chips to soup! I’m sorry they were too thick for you, though. At least you got creative and didn’t give up! Thanks for your comments.

  4. Mine turned out horrible! I’m not sure exactly what went wrong. They broke apart and were crumbly and not anything like a chip. I’m a visual learner so maybe I just need to see you make these. The recipe sounded simple enough. Please let me know if you ever make a video for these. Hope I have better luck with the meatballs!

    • Kina, I’m sorry you didn’t have success with the chips! They can be tricky because it’s difficult to get them as thin as store-bought chips. If you still have the crumbles, just add them to a soup! I suggest Taco Soup. 🙂 Use in place of the polenta in the recipe. And, I probably should make a video. Thanks for the suggestion!

  5. Any store friendly chips that are acceptable?

    • Baked Tostitos are about the only ones we have found that don’t contain restricted ingredients. When my husband is on the fast, he likes the scoops. 🙂


      • Elizabeth says:

        Are On the Border tortilla chips ok on the fast? The ingredients are Whole grain corn, vegetable oil and sea salt.


  6. Did not turn out well at all, couldn’t get it out of pan, was stuck to pan.

  7. I know you said we can eat bake tostitos. Where can I find them? Is that the name brand?

  8. On the Daniel fast it says whole wheat tortilla are allowed. I sprinkled the pan with olive oil and places the whole wheat tortilla in the pan…and there you have it…baked Tortilla chips! Very tasty.

  9. Hello- I had a question as far as the baked Tostito Chips by Frito Lay, they have vegetable oil in them. I thought vegetable oil was not allowed?

    • You may find some variations in the guidelines for the Daniel Fast. If you look at the list of foods on my site, you’ll see oils are allowed. Thanks for your question!

      • Oh okay… Thanks so much for replying so soon! Your site is such a blessing to come across. My whole family including my children are doing the fast right now 🙂 on day 7 today and my daughter is sooo looking forward to the flat bread pizza. Thanks again!

        Be Blessed 🙂

  10. Hi… I don’t have your book :(. I would love to get it! I just don’t know how long it would take to get here and we have 13 days left on the fast. Do you eat like this daily? It seems like such a healthy lifestyle to eat! I’m only eating veggis and water for 10 days…. My 10 th day is Friday! Praise the Most High! But our congregation and immediately family are doing all the foods :). Your site is very helpful! My son is preparing the Flat Bread Pizza right now! Thanks again! Bless You!

    • Well, I guess you could get it for the next fast. 🙂 I do eat like this most of the time. However, when I’m not on the Daniel Fast, I do have fish and meat. I feel so much better when I stick to these types of foods and stay away from sugar. I’m thankful you have been blessed by the recipes. May the Lord bless you in BIG WAYS as you serve Him!

  11. Is there any store made salsa that is Daniel-fast friendly?

    • Yes, Sarah, there are. I’ve used Wild Oats brand. There are others, though. I suggest doing a Google search to see what you can find. Or, just take a peek at the labels. Mainly look for sugar and/or vinegar, both of which are not a part of the Daniel Fast menu. Thanks for your question!

  12. Floretta Allen says:

    Hi, this is my first time doing the Daniel fast. I have read about it and found out nit to use any dairy? I also see that it says you can use Soy milk. What about Almound milk and Coconut in cereal amd smoothies.

  13. Hi! What about the multigrain Tostitos? I don’t see any white flour or sugars? Love this site! Thank you so much. We are on day 2! God is good!

    • Hi, Kathie! I’m glad you’re seeking the Lord through the Daniel Fast! Yes, there are some store-bought chips that are acceptable. The best ones I’ve seen are the Baked Tostitos Scoops. I’m not sure about the multi-grain variety. Just make sure it says “baked” on the label. If it doesn’t, then the chips are probably fried. May God bless you as you hunger for Him on your fast!

  14. Dear Kristen, Thank you so much for all the wonderful devotions and recipes. All your work is appreciated.

    I don’t recall how I came upon your website and book, but I can say it was all God directed. I downloaded and read the ebook completely, as I could not wait to get to the store to pick one up or for one to be delivered. Previously, I had read, studied and used a book (Thin Within) about eating habits which was Bible based.

    This past holiday season, I gained some weight, more than I wanted to. I knew it was emotional weight. So I asked God how to handle this.

    I started by wanting to be free from over-consumption in all areas, excesses in ‘stuff’, household items, papers, digital files, distractions. I had resumed some old habits of non-conscious eating. Eating while doing something else, anxiety, courage, stress, indecision, “see” food, when not even hungry. I was beating myself up a little, but knew that was not what God knew about me. God is only good, and I as God’s reflection, am also good. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil.4:13) I wanted to be “fit” in order to serve God, and glorify in my body. I have (since Jan) used up or given away almost all food from the pantry, some from holidays, for the sole purpose of being fresh, clean, ready for the blessing and purpose. I have been so active doing God’s work, but (the but) I know more is needed and I need to fit for the purpose.

    Then came your wonderful book, blog, website! Just what I needed to remember, a jog (mentally and physically). When I read your recipe for banana milk and tried it, I was hooked!

    When I get anxious or stressed, I reach for the water; when I start pacing with indecision or anticipation, I reach for the water. Not for the physical water only, but for the living water of Christ.

    I love your comments about not getting into the “what I can or cannot have” (legalism), but focusing on the purpose of maintaining our loving relationship with our loving God.
    I didn’t intend to write all this here. I am on this page because of the multiple questions about tortilla chips. I took a look at the link you provided for Baked Tostitos. I wanted to inform you if one clicks on Tostitos, up comes BAKED TOSTITOS-THREE CHEESE/QUESO. You mentioned to just make sure the word “baked” was there. Frito Lay has more than 20 products with BAKED! including veggies, various chips, and cheetos, doritos(I think), and others. I know you probably meant the Baked “scoops” tortilla chips, but they are kind of buried amongst all the other BAKED! products and it could be confusing to some. A check of the nutrition information on the BAKED! line of products shows that they do contain various and multiple forms of milk and cheese cultures. There is report dated March 15, 2015 about the new Artisan Baked! Queso tortilla chips. http://www.fritolay.com/nutrition/special-dietary-needs/us-baked-products.htm.

    Another person asked about Pea Protein Powder. At Sprouts, many of the protein powders under different labels are plant based, and pea protein. The ones with the main words PEA PROTEIN, one has a green label and does not have any sugar or other non-vegan ingredients in it. The one with blue label, same manufacturer, with the large words on it PEA PROTEIN, has also the words “Vegetarian Friendly”. A look at the ingredients shows some sugar products in it.
    Also the store carries NAAN, with the words VEGAN on it. A look at the ingredients and it shows some sugar. No yeast, but sugar. Others are showing a ‘yeast extract’.

    I and my husband, are continuing our spiritual journey, church outreach, rereading your book on my tablet, buying the physical book, have my lists of recipes to work on this week, and am attempting to try almost every recipe in the book. I am creating a tasty, beautiful vegan dessert for a church function this weekend of several hundred people. I am not going to make that many, but could make those mini pecan pies. They were/are delicious!
    Thanks for all you are doing to share the “Word.”

    • Anne, thank you so much for your comments and feedback! I appreciate your taking the time to write how God has been working in your life. May the Lord continue to empower you as you serve Him!

  15. Hi Kristen

    Thank you for this wonderful website and for all the hard work you are putting into it to help so many of us. What a lovely ministry this is.

    I tried making the corn chips but I don’t think it came out too good. Should the corn meal be raw or cooked. I used raw. I’m wondering the corn meal in the USA is different from the ones we have in South Africa, maybe that could be my problem. I’ll try again with some cooked corn meal and see how it turns out.

    Thanks again, God bless

  16. Can Almond Meal/Flour be used for this recipe?

  17. Brenda Michael says:

    Is dry powdered milk dairy ? Can it be used ? I have been on the Daniel fast for 2 days. I love the Minestrone and veg soup.

    • Yes, dry powdered milk is still considered dairy. It’s just in a different form than regular milk. Thanks for your question! May the Lord strengthen you with His power as you seek Him on the Daniel Fast!