Tortilla chips with avocado and cheese

Prepare your own tortilla chips

Tortilla chips with avocado and cheese

If you feel like cooking and have already tried making the best enchiladas in Mexico, then you need to learn how to make your own totopos.

Where are the totopos born?

Totopos are like potatoes in different countries, an appetizer or side dish widely consumed in Mexico. They are made of corn, have an irregular but triangle-like shape, and can be fried or toasted.

This crunchy food was born in ancient pre-Hispanic cultures. The corn tortillas were toasted in different shapes and prepared in comales, clay pans. The name totopo comes from the word ”totopopochtli” which means to toast.

Chiapas and Oaxaca are considered to be the areas where this accompaniment is most deeply rooted. If you are considering going to either of these two states, we recommend that you first read the article on sightseeing in the state of Oaxaca (part 1).

How to prepare tortilla chips

To make the totopos you will need corn tortillas, you can cut them in triangles and the size you want.

If you want to make them the original way, bake the tortillas in the oven for only 5 minutes and then fry them in hot oil for a couple of minutes more. Later we will leave them on paper to absorb the excess oil.

Add salt on top and for a little more color you can also add cheese, pico de gallo….. and you have your homemade tortilla chips.

Different types of tortilla chips

Cauliflower totopos

Or keto totopos, a healthier recipe to enjoy the best appetizers and snacks without worrying. Use almond flour, spices, string cheese and bake. Then, cut into triangles and you have your healthier tortilla chips ready.

Totopos for nachos

You need corn flour, water, salt to prepare the dough (unless you prefer to buy corn tortillas and cut them).

Oaxacan totopos

Also known as totopos del Istmo de Tehuantepec, these are made with corn. The most visible characteristic is that instead of being triangular, these totopos are circular in shape and have a kind of holes (made with a stick or with the fingers).

To make these totopos you need a comizcal, a clay pot with a hollow bottom, heated with firewood. The totopos stick to the walls and are made with the heat given off by the firewood. This is the traditional way of making them.

Baked totopos

If you want healthier and not too oily totopos, you can put them in the oven with special baking paper or albal paper until they are golden brown. Take them out before they burn and accompany them with your favorite ingredients, such as guacamole, pico de gallo or melted cheese.

Restaurants in Cancun you’ll want to try

When you stay at one of the Oasis hotels in cancun, you can take advantage of your vacation to go to one of the most popular hotels in the area.

With great reviews on tripadvisor, meet Maki-taco restaurant, where Mexican-Japanese fusion food is served.