I know I say this a lot so it’s probably losing its credibility…..but guys, these are Dangerous with a capital D!
I decided that I needed to christen my new deep fryer (Tuck) with something delicious, but also simple so that I could keep it a no-fail situation for my first time using it. Plus, you may have noticed already, but I’m really getting into Cinco de Mayo as a theme to go with this year and churros with hot chocolate are just a well known classic Mexican food that I wanted to do something with. I feel liked I missed my Valentine’s Day opportunities for the most part and then I slacked big time on St. Pattie’s and Easter themed ideas. Now I have to start making up the difference for the rest of the year and getting into every available holiday that’s left.
I mean, I know that Cinco is a Mexican holiday and everything but it’s totally cool with my gang that we embrace it this year because, wow, do they love Mexican food. They love it so much that we had tacos like 5 nights in a row last week.
I’ve mentioned here on the blog many times how I make tortillas myself because there is just no finding good ones around here and with the insane rate that we go through them I usually have to make a lot or there’s risk of bloodshed (kidding). It’s a bigger production then I’m in the mood for on most days. That’s why when I do feel like rolling out a bajillion tortillas they are a hot commodity and my brother Chase is hands down my biggest fan.
The guys in my fam (and I suspect this is a law that applies to every other male on the planet also) are basically helpless when it comes to making their own food in the kitchen aside from the basics like ham and cheese sandwiches or heating leftovers, and even then it’s sketchy.
There are a few exceptions to that law though, and one is Chase’s practiced skills at making quesadillas whenever I’ve got tortillas made. Not that it requires a lot of culinary skills to pan-warm a tortilla stuffed with chicken and cheese, but even I have to admit he’s got it down to a science to get his cheese to ooze out just right so that it crisps up and sticks on the outside of the tortilla. Yep, he could live on quesadillas if I had the motivtion to make tortillas more often.
What I’m getting at here is what makes these chips so amazing. I think one of the main reasons they seem so extra dangerous to me is that I found a way to shortcut the process and make them really easy to crank out. At least way easier than I thought they’d be. I cheated by throwing all attempts at perfection to the wind and just rolling the tortilla dough into big sheets and cooking them on my pancake skillet. The end result is a combination of perfect and then very ugly chips, but guess what? Nobody cared.
I mean, if you’re making them for a party and you want to impress, by all means cut them all completely symmetrical and even. But if you’re making them for a munchy hoard or just your homies to devour, it’s not worth the time because they taste amazing either way.
Another thing that I probably shouldn’t tell you is that these are just as good when you leave them plain with just some salt and trade out the sweet hot chocolate with salsa and guacamole. That was a huge hit last week that I know I’ll be doing a lot more often now that everyone knows about them. What is it about crispy salty carbs that’s so addictive? Don’t forget that I warned you guys…….
Chips and salsa are great but.......have you ever had the dessert version??? Churro chips with hot chocolate just might make all your sweet dreams come true!
- 1 quart oil for frying
- 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 1 cup graulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup coconut cream (*see note)
- 2 cups almond milk (or favorite plant-based milk)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 150g (about 1 cup) dairy-free semi-sweet dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine water with the oil and salt in a medium mixing bowl and stir until combined. Add flour and mix into liquid, then knead it bit until it comes together into an even dough..
- Now clear a clean work surface and spread some flour. Separate dough into four equal balls and set aside then heat a large electric pancake skillet over medium high heat. (If you don't have one you can use your largest frying pan on your stovetop and divide the dough into smaller pieces.) Roll out each ball into a rectangle-ish shape (no need to be a perfectionist) to about 1/8 inch thickness (or a little thinner if you can manage without tearing). Roll each sheet around your rolling pin and unroll over skillet one at a time.
- Cook tortilla sheets on each side for 30 to 40 seconds depending on how high your heat is. As you cook each one fold the done ones on a cutting board and set aside until finished cooking them all.
- Heat oil in a deep fryer or dutch oven to about 350 degrees F (180 C) and mix the cinnamon, sugar, and salt in a small bowl and set aside. Cut the sheets of tortilla into triangles (the easiest way is to cut them in half, then stack halves and cut in half again and so on until you have a stack of small squares. Then cut squares diagonally into triangles.)
- Fry the pieces in batches for 1 to 2 minutes each until crispy then remove from oil and drop onto a plate lined with paper towels. After about 1 minute, while the chips are still hot, place them in an extra large bowl and toss with your cinnamon/sugar until coated.
- Whisk together the cream, milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium low heat. Stir constantly until it begins to thicken, then reduce heat to low and whisk in cocoa and dark chocolate and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve hot in little cups along with chips.
If you have trouble finding coconut cream at your local grocery store it's completely fine to use full-fat coconut milk and scrape the cream off of the top. Just be sure that it's cold enough to separate.