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Leftover tortilla chip pieces at bottom of bag

Any great ideas out there for what to do with all the small leftover tortilla chip pieces at bottom of the bag?

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  1. they make a nice salad topping...crush them up a little more, add to breadcrumbs for a different kind of coating for cutlets...when nobody is around I carefully tear the bag flat, and lick them out

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    1. re: BiscuitBoy

      I mix with some chili powder and use to dip chicken tenders. I bake them, but you could fry if you wanted to. If there's not enough crumbs, add to bread crumbs.

      1. re: BiscuitBoy

        Great idea to coat cutlets and roast chicken or fish for frying.

      2. Use them as training treats for the dog.

        1. This is kind of trashy, but I mix leftover chips into a ripe, smashed avocado and stuff 'em in my mouth.

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          1. re: Eat.Choui

            I am not ashamed to say that I have done this with the last of the queso as well.

          2. I use them for chilaquilas - tortillas softened with a cooked salsa and cheese (meat, beans and eggs optional). However, I prefer unsalted chips for this purpose, so I have better control over the saltiness of the final product.

              1. re: kaleokahu

                Exactly - migas! Add cheese, diced onion, tomato, jalapeno.
                Migas means crumbs.

                1. re: kaleokahu

                  Yep that's what I do. Don't need to add salt cuz the chips at the bottom are nice and extra salty. Some cheese and salsa, stir in the chips at the last minute so they don't get too soggy. YUM!

                2. I had same dilemma over Christmas and posted this that I made up on the spot.
                  Now I don't expect you to do these but it's what I found as my answer to what to do with those tortilla chips that are on the bottom of the bag.
                  Our son didn't quite finish the white corn meal taco chips and left about a cup of the chips in the oversized bag. Going to dump them, I decided what the heck, this cookie making is becoming annoying with so many ooopsies. I'd go out on a limb and create something that 'should' work. Weird ingredients that may just meld, so I'll give it a try. Here's the result: I called them . . . . . . . .

                  "South of the Borders"

                  1 1/2 c flour
                  1 t salt
                  1 t b powder
                  1 t soda
                  ***1 t '7 spice' [contains allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, rose, cardamom and ? ? ? ?
                  1 stick butter
                  2 medium eggs
                  1/2 c white sugar
                  1/2 t almond extract
                  2 'rounds' of Mexican solid/hard chocolate [Don Gustavo]
                  1 c tortilla chips

                  I took the tortilla chips and the chocolate and put 'em in the Cuisinart.
                  Ground down to almost fine.
                  Sifted the dry ingreds.
                  Creamed the wet ones.
                  Added the dry and the chocolate&chip mixture to the wet and blend.
                  Baked at 350 for 9 minutes.
                  So good because if you close your eyes, you think you're eating oatmeal cookies without raisins.

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                  1. re: iL Divo

                    Brilliant idea!

                    They sound amazing - but are they salty/sweet?
                    I never imagined them to havean oatmeal cookie taste!

                    1. Crease the bag, make a nice funnel, open mouth, tilt head, bring open end of bag to mouth, tilt bag into mouth until contents are empty. Chase with an ice cold Corona.

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        That's what I do all the time(except the Corona)....wow! are we on the same wave length or what?

                        1. re: monku

                          It's that "agree" thing again ...

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I saw your post on the black coffee thing too.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              ipse, i can't believe you didn't suggest sprinkling them on vanilla ice cream! perfect salty, crunchy complement to the soft, creamy sweetness.

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                You don't understand.

                                That's the BEST part about eating a bag of chips (any kind). The last bit of crumbs that you get to "beer bong" into your mouth is the ultimate sodium-induced adrenaline rush.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  no i DO understand - i've been known to do that very thing...back in my salt-eating, beer-drinking days ;) i was just surprised that you didn't jump on the opportunity to push another excuse for eating ice cream!

                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                    i was just surprised that you didn't jump on the opportunity to push another excuse for eating ice cream!


                                    I save that for the chips themselves (in an uncracked, uncrumbed form).

                                    You think those Tostitos Scoops are only good for salsa and guacamole? P'shaw. They work fabulously on gelato, froyo, and, yes, of course, ice cream.

                          2. re: ipsedixit

                            Perfect!! I was going to post this exact thing and was scrolling down to see if anyone else had already mentioned it. I've even done this while at work (minus the Corona) although I do give my immediate surroundings a good once over to make sure that no one sees me with my head thrown back and said "funnel o'chips" being emptied into my mouth. ;o)

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Ha! Precisely my reply (though I'll emphasize the necessity of getting a good clean crease in order to avoid scatter...)!

                              1. re: Cachetes

                                schmoopy and Cachetes,

                                Sometimes I'm almost tempted to go "dumpster diving" just for (almost) empty potato chip bags ...

                            2. As a munchy crunchy topping for a bowl of chili, with a little sour cream.

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                              1. re: mamachef

                                Mamachef, we think alike on this. We love them in our chili. Seems to have something missing if non in it now.

                              2. Process them even smaller and thicken your chicken tomatillo chil with them.

                                1. do you mean the 3 tablespoons of crumbs left at the end of the party?

                                  Or the 3 tablespoons that my husband NEVER FAILS to put back into the pantry thinking someone's going to actually EAT the DUST?

                                  He remembers to put the seat down, so I guess this is the thing that drives me bananas.

                                  1. Wow. Lots of great ideas. However, I have to say mine go into a little bowl to be mixed with salsa or dip and eaten with the spoon.

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                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                        Between this and the cookies, I think you and I could eat well together!

                                          1. re: Cachetes

                                            No, you couldn't! There'd be this horrible tussle in the middle of the kitchen floor over the last handful of crumbs!

                                            (I suppose a rolling pin would solve it though...in any of a number of ways!)


                                        1. to paraphrase the cartoon character 'maxine': Leftover tortilla chips???

                                          1. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

                                            1. Add them to your chili as a thickener!

                                              1. I make a "Tortilla Casserole" that is the same idea as Lasagna but with Mexican ingredients. The topping is crushed tortilla chips (Doritos to be exact).

                                                1. I can't believe nobody has suggested it yet. Whenever I see my bag getting a little old and stale, it's time for some salad. Just get a head of iceberg and slice it, put over some old taco meat and or beans as a base, add a couple other available mexi vegetables like corn and olives, toss with left over salsa/ranch dressing mix, and top with the crushed old chips as Hispanic croutons.

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                                                  1. re: bravoshark44

                                                    throw them under the broiler or in the toaster oven for a couple of minutes to freshen them up, give them back that crisp edge, then onto the salad (or whatever)

                                                  2. Long ago, someone gave me a recipe for a savory cheesecake whose bottom crust was composed of crushed tortilla chips - I believe blue ones, for color contrast. It was made in a springform pan and was quite tasty - I remember making it several times after I first ate it at a fancypants brunch in a beautiful back yard. Unfortunately, I lost that recipe ages ago, and now that I'm thinking about that cheesecake, I'm getting quite nostalgic about it.

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                                                    1. re: Pumpkinseed

                                                      I like to add crushed Pringles (or Lays) into my graham cracker crust for cheesecake for that added "salt and savory" kick. It's a nice contrast to the creamy sweetness of the cheecake filling.

                                                      Sometimes I'll also add crushed potato chips into chocolate chip cookies. Same idea.

                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                        try cornflakes too, or frosted flakes for an extra sugar shot

                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                          The whole point of adding potato chips is to provide a contrast to the sweetness inehrent in the crust or cookie dough. I think if I wanted extra sugar I would just add, well, extra sugar.

                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                            personally I agree, which is why when I do this it is usually just plain corn flakes, but some people just can't get enough sugar. I find the frosted ones tend to burn unless you are careful.

                                                    2. This ad by Doritos brought back fond memories of this post.


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                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                        yes! there i was watching the Super Bowl, and when that ad came on i wanted to ask if there were any other Chowhounds in the room :)

                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                          I actually think this was the best Super Bowl commercial ... but then I'm a Chowhound ...

                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                            it was good, but the Mini Darth one had to be the best.

                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                              Not to get too off-topic, but I thought the Darth Vader/VW ad was a cool idea, but the Doritos commercial had me actually laughing out loud, esp. the sucking and licking finger part.

                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                squicky -- mostly because I wouldn't have put that past a couple of the freaks I used to work with.

                                                        2. re: ipsedixit

                                                          As an employee of F-L, I am embarrassed that commercial even made it past all the other choices that were entries in the contest. It was just creepy. Now the 'house sitter commercial was terrific.

                                                            1. re: poser

                                                              Yeah, the sucking coworkers fingers and sniffing their pants turned me off. But the house sitter spot was a classic. Grandpa!!!!

                                                          1. there never is anything leftover when i eat a bag of chips/doritos/pretzels whatever...
                                                            so i never do anything.... :-)

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                                                            1. re: srsone

                                                              tear the bag open and lick it clean?

                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                more like what ipsedixit posted above..about making a funnel and pouring it in my mouth..
                                                                altho if there is a lot of cheesy bits --like andy caps or cheetos--stuck to the bottom i have used my fingers to scrape them up...

                                                                1. re: srsone

                                                                  gotta learn to use that "JOKING" sign more often....