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teaaria Jan 20, 2011 12:00 PM

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

  1. BiscuitBoy Jan 20, 2011 12:14 PM

    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
      cheesecake17 Jan 20, 2011 12:18 PM

      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
        CCSPRINGS Jan 20, 2011 12:39 PM

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

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        janetxb Jan 20, 2011 12:16 PM

        Use them as training treats for the dog.

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          Eat.Choui Jan 20, 2011 12:20 PM

          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
            im_nomad Jan 21, 2011 02:42 AM

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

          2. paulj Jan 20, 2011 12:41 PM

            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. kaleokahu Jan 20, 2011 12:42 PM

              Scramble them in your eggs!

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              1. re: kaleokahu
                Veggo Jan 20, 2011 12:53 PM

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

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                  luckyfatima Jan 20, 2011 06:56 PM

                  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!

                  1. re: luckyfatima
                    im_nomad Jan 21, 2011 02:42 AM

                    mmmm sounds good!

                2. iL Divo Jan 20, 2011 12:53 PM

                  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
                    NellyNel Jan 21, 2011 12:38 PM

                    Brilliant idea!

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

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                    sueatmo Jan 20, 2011 01:18 PM

                    Top tortilla soup.

                    1. ipsedixit Jan 20, 2011 07:02 PM

                      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
                        monku Jan 20, 2011 07:38 PM

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

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                          ipsedixit Jan 20, 2011 07:50 PM

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

                          1. re: ipsedixit
                            monku Jan 20, 2011 08:05 PM

                            I saw your post on the black coffee thing too.

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                              goodhealthgourmet Jan 20, 2011 08:13 PM

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

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                                ipsedixit Jan 21, 2011 08:25 AM

                                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
                                  goodhealthgourmet Jan 21, 2011 09:38 AM

                                  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!

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                                    ipsedixit Jan 21, 2011 09:51 AM

                                    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
                            schmoopy Jan 21, 2011 11:55 AM

                            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
                              Cachetes Jan 21, 2011 01:28 PM

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

                              1. re: Cachetes
                                ipsedixit Jan 21, 2011 01:31 PM

                                schmoopy and Cachetes,

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

                            2. mamachef Jan 21, 2011 08:25 AM

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

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                              1. re: mamachef
                                Nanzi Feb 9, 2011 07:55 AM

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

                              2. LA Buckeye Fan Jan 21, 2011 09:54 AM

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

                                1. sunshine842 Jan 21, 2011 12:48 PM

                                  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. Ruth Lafler Jan 21, 2011 01:21 PM

                                    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
                                      ChicagoAmy Jan 28, 2011 06:53 AM

                                      YES! Mee toooo!

                                      1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                        Cachetes Jan 30, 2011 11:49 AM

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

                                        1. re: Cachetes
                                          Ruth Lafler Jan 30, 2011 09:05 PM

                                          Yes indeed!

                                          1. re: Cachetes
                                            sunshine842 Jan 30, 2011 09:29 PM

                                            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!)


                                        2. KaimukiMan Jan 21, 2011 05:35 PM

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

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                                            teaaria Jan 23, 2011 07:00 AM

                                            Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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                                              tzurriz Jan 23, 2011 07:15 AM

                                              Add them to your chili as a thickener!

                                              1. coll Jan 23, 2011 07:21 AM

                                                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).

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                                                  bravoshark44 Jan 28, 2011 01:39 AM

                                                  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
                                                    KaimukiMan Jan 28, 2011 08:59 AM

                                                    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)

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                                                    Pumpkinseed Jan 28, 2011 06:18 AM

                                                    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
                                                      ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 08:41 AM

                                                      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
                                                        KaimukiMan Jan 28, 2011 09:00 AM

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

                                                        1. re: KaimukiMan
                                                          ipsedixit Jan 28, 2011 09:05 AM

                                                          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
                                                            KaimukiMan Jan 28, 2011 09:10 AM

                                                            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. ipsedixit Feb 7, 2011 08:50 AM

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


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                                                        goodhealthgourmet Feb 7, 2011 10:04 AM

                                                        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 :)

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                                                          ipsedixit Feb 7, 2011 01:49 PM

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

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                                                            sunshine842 Feb 7, 2011 01:52 PM

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

                                                            1. re: sunshine842
                                                              ipsedixit Feb 7, 2011 01:54 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                sunshine842 Feb 7, 2011 01:59 PM

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

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                                                          poser Feb 7, 2011 01:58 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            ipsedixit Feb 7, 2011 02:04 PM


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                                                              gaffk Feb 7, 2011 02:08 PM

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

                                                          2. srsone Feb 8, 2011 07:09 AM

                                                            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
                                                              sunshine842 Feb 8, 2011 07:42 AM

                                                              tear the bag open and lick it clean?

                                                              1. re: sunshine842
                                                                srsone Feb 8, 2011 07:45 AM

                                                                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
                                                                  sunshine842 Feb 8, 2011 07:52 AM

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

                                                                  1. re: sunshine842
                                                                    srsone Feb 8, 2011 08:22 AM

                                                                    or we need smileys....

                                                                    1. re: sunshine842
                                                                      KaimukiMan Feb 9, 2011 10:10 AM

                                                                      you were joking?

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