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December 15, 2020 4 min read

Cinnamon sugar tortilla chips are a simple yet utterly decadent tortilla dessert that you can quickly whip up for an after-dinner treat or for some sweet and sugary cinnamon snacks.

Covered in butter and drowning in sugar and cinnamon, these deliciously sweet cinnamon ‘nachos’ are the best way to bake up a feast with those leftover tortillas from your last tortilla press session!

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Cinnamon sugar tortilla chips recipe variations

Baking tortilla with cinnamon and sugar is a simple recipe that really does stand the test of time, but there are plenty of ways that you can customize this recipe in the kitchen. Here are our favorite cinnamon chips toppings and variations: 

  • Fried tortilla with cinnamon and sugar: instead of baking the tortilla chips in the oven, you can deep-fry them for a decadent finish. You could even deep-fry your tortillas in pancake batter!
  • Pumpkin-spiced tortilla chips: if it’s Halloween or Christmas, then why not coat your tortilla chips in pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon? 
  • Chocolate-coated tortilla chips: replace the cinnamon with chocolate powder, and you’ve got yourself chocolate-coated tortilla chips. These chips go particularly well with chocolate ice cream!
  • Corn tortilla chips: you don’t need to stick to flour tortillas either. You can easily try this same recipe with corn tortillas, for that Mexican vibe.

Cinnamon sugar tortilla dessert FAQ 

Baking tortilla chips into deliciously sugary cinnamon chips is easy, making this a great dessert or a simple snack! But there are ways to seriously up your cinnamon tortilla chips game, so keep reading to find out more!

What can I serve with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips?

Okay, so this is the most common question we get asked, and we have plenty of serving suggestions you can enjoy once you’ve baked your cinnamon sugar tortilla chips in the oven!

If you’re not worried about the calories, then the best way to eat these sugary chips is with a large portion of ice cream on the side. In fact, these chips are perfect for scooping up vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint, or any combination of your favorite ice cream flavors. 

They are also great for dipping into thick sauces. Our favorite is hot fudge, but you can go for a melted chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, or any other sweet sauce that you fancy. Another fantastic serving option is fresh fruit and thick cream, or frozen berries, or other fruits. You could add whipped cream to the top for an extra layer of taste too!

The serving options are endless, so don’t be afraid to get creative!

Can I make this recipe vegan?

If you’re vegan, then don’t worry, because it’s easy to make this recipe vegan-friendly. All you need to do is remove the butter, and you’ve got yourself vegan cinnamon sugar tortilla chips.

Of course, you might want to find a substitute for the butter, in which case you can coat your tortilla chips in oil before you bake them in the oven. You can use standard vegetable oils for this, but we highly recommend trying coconut oil. 

You could also try using vegan butter, but you’ll need one that melts easily (again, coconut butter works well). 

Frying vs baking: which is better?

You can fry or bake your cinnamon sugar tortilla chips, but we recommend baking them for the best results. Baking is slightly healthier than frying, as you don’t need a massive amount of oil to cook the chips in. 

If you’re not too worried about that, though, then you can fry these chips in oil in the bottom of a large skillet or pan. They’ll only take a few minutes each to cook through once the oil is hot!

How long will cinnamon sugar tortilla chips keep for?

Cinnamon sugar tortilla chips keep for at least a week if you store them in resealable containers. You don’t need to keep them stored in the fridge, but rather at room temperature. 

Because they keep for a while, this is a good way to use up old tortillas that might be starting to lose their freshness or to cook up a large batch of tasty snacks or desserts to eat all through the week. 

Try to keep them airtight so they don’t become stale so quickly. It’s not recommended to freeze these chips, as they won’t defrost very well. 

How can I make my cinnamon sugar tortilla chips crispy? 

You can make your cinnamon sugar tortilla chips crispy by baking them for a little longer than 10 minutes in the oven. A few extra minutes should give them a crunchy, crispy finish (just be careful not to burn them!).

You can also try frying the tortilla chips or using a light coating of oil (try to use a neutral-tasting oil, so you don’t mask the sugar and cinnamon flavors). 

What else can I make with tortillas? 

We love preparing big batches of homemade tortillas using a tortilla press because there are so many great recipes we can use them for. While sweet tortilla chips are the perfect dessert, we can also use flour tortillas for classic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. 

You can use the same principles to cut then bake your tortillas into nacho-sized tortilla chips, for instance. Simply leave off the sugar, butter, and cinnamon, and bake your nacho chips in a little oil for a crispy finish. You can then smother them in cheese sauce or chili or dip your chips in hot sauce or salsa.

You need tortillas for burritos, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas. The list is literally endless!

Are you a fan of this sweet cinnamon sugar tortilla recipe?

Of all the things to make with tortillas, cinnamon-coated sugar tortilla chips might not have been the first item of food that came to mind! Trust us, though, when we say that this is one of our favorite dessert recipes!

It’s easy, it’s simple, and it requires just 4 ingredients to make this sugary, sweet cinnamon treat. It’s guaranteed to go down well after dinner, so why not bookmark our cinnamon sugar tortilla recipe for later? 


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