Any uses for those leftover 1/2 bags of potato/tortilla chips that no one will touch after 2 days? Remember, camouflage is the key word here. The family can't actually identify it as leftover chips in the resulting recipe.
CammoMOM from CA
Crush them and use as:
To keep the chips fresh longer and cut down on food waste, when you first open the bag, place half in an airtight container. Let the family eat what's left in the original bag first and then tell them they must finish what's in the airtight container before opening another bag. (01/24/2008)
I don't know about the tortilla chips but you can use crushed potato chips in biscuits and in coatings for fish, chicken, and pork. (01/24/2008)
I use chips to top my tuna casserole. (01/24/2008)
You can crush the tortilla chips and put in the bottom of a baking dish. Add about a cup or so of chicken broth. Top with hamburger that has been fixed as for tacos with a can of refried beans added. Top all with two cups of cheddar cheese and bake for about 30 minutes at 350. The base will be like tamales and your family will never know what it really is. This is really yummy. (01/24/2008)
Make potato chip cookies. (01/25/2008)
I use the tortilla chips in Mexican casseroles and taco salad. You can also put them in a bowl and put chili on top of them, like Frito pie. Potato chips can be crunched and added to meatloaf and to some casseroles. If they're crunched enough, you can add them to stew or sprinkle on tomato soup. I've seen a couple of recipes for cookies using potato chip crumbs, but I've never tried them. (01/25/2008)
By Dianne J
Smash up and use for breading for pork chops and chicken.
I crush and use leftover chips in my meatloaf and meatballs. I don't add extra salt to that batch because the chips are already salted. I add shredded veggies to make them healthier too. Also Rachel Ray just made a delicious looking chicken tortilla soup/stew that used about 2 cups crushed tortilla chips as a thickener. It looked scrumptious. (01/25/2008)
I do a thing kind of like Belinda's above, except that I just make a little batch of simple chili: ground turkey/beans/taco sauce/garlic and chili powder, add whatever you want. If I have a green pepper that needs to be eaten I add that; sometimes a can of corn, drained. Add a cup or so of extra water so it's on the soupy side. Then munch your chips a little bit (not to crumbs), dump in bottom of a greased casserole, dump the chili on top of that, top with a cup or so of cheese, and bake, probably 350, for approximately 30 minutes. Precision is absolutely unnecessary in any of the above. (Just don't over-brown the cheese, yuk) Anyway, it tastes kind of like enchiladas. My family loves it. We call it "Stale Chips Divine". (01/26/2008)
I add a few crushed up corn chips to my tuna sandwich, that way I still get the taste, but cut calories. My granddaughter and I like crushed potato chips added on top of our potato salad.The rest of the family thinks we're nuts, but we like it anyway. GG,Vi (01/26/2008)
I make Tuna Casserole using older chips. Mix 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup and 1 soup can of milk in a mixing bowl. Add drained tuna, one drained can of peas and the crushed chips. Pour into a baking dish and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, top with sliced American Cheese and return to oven until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.
Sheila in Titusville, FL (01/27/2008)
I am so cheap, I save everything. I even save crumbs such as chips, cereal, bread, etc. and keep them in a jar to use for my own "shake n bake" for meats or fried veggies. (01/27/2008)
Around here, corn chips go to the hens; potato chips get crushed and put on top of tuna noodle casserole. (01/27/2008)
Five minutes in a warm oven and they are snappy fresh again. (01/27/2008)
Potato chips are good as topping for baked chicken, or used in casseroles with some french friend onions.
Leftover tortilla chips are perfect for tortilla soup since they'll get soggy anyway. I also use them in taco casseroles and my husband's never complained. (01/28/2008)
If you are talking about all the broken chips that are at the end of the bag, I save them in an airtight container. When I have enough, I make taco salad with them (it doesn't matter if they are stale). Save them all together: regular tortilla chips, seasoned nacho chips, Frito chips.
I brown the meat, pour in the sauce/seasoning and heat. Pour the broken chips in a large bowl, add the grated cheese, and the hot meat, and mix. The hot meat will melt the cheese so it'll be all gooey. If too dry, add some salsa. Then scoop into individual bowls and top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, sliced olives, chopped onions, more cheese, or whatever your family likes. No one realizes that you are using leftover chips. (01/28/2008)
Make this easy dish. Put the chips (or dried-out tortillas) in a skillet. Add some cooked meat if you have it, maybe some leftover veggies and some taco sauce. Heat through. Melt a little cheese on the top and serve. We have made this many times. (01/28/2008)
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