Ghastly Tortilla Chips & Ghoul-camole

Last night my husband and I found ourselves with the “late night snackies” and no tortilla chips to go with our hummus. :(

We did, however, have an enormous bag of white corn tortillas that ended up being frustratingly stale upon purchase.

So, we got a little creative, and these cute little ghost chips are the result. Most of this was all my husband’s idea… he does have his genius moments.

You can use any metal cookie cutter that you please, but I particularly love how the ghosts get wavy as they bake.

(insert long scary ghost noise here)

Tortilla Chip Ingredients:

  • About 20 (or however many you want to use) white corn tortillas- preferably stale as you can’t very well use them for much else
  • little bit of olive oil in a small bowl
  • sea salt to taste
  • a basting/pastry brush
  • metal or hard plastic ghost (or your favorite shape) cookie cutter

Directions for Making tortilla chips:

Preheat oven to 400 °F.

Lightly oil just the tops of each tortilla. I am not sure if this step could be omitted… I didn’t have enough nerve to “dry bake” them!

Stack about 3 tortillas on top of each other. Place cookie cutter firmly on tortillas; and, using a lot of force, push down. I used a flat metal lid to help me evenly push through my extremely stale tortillas and it worked wonders. With my cutter, I was able to get 2 ghosts out of 1 tortilla.

Arrange on cookie sheet, making sure not to stack or overlap any ghosts. I didn’t waste the scraps of the ghost edges. I just tore/cut them up and arranged those separately onto another cookie sheet. I ended up with about 5 cookie sheets worth.

Lightly salt. Or heavily… however you want!

Once they were on the cookie sheets, I used a #5 or #6 decorating tip to cut the little circles for the “eyes”.

Bake in preheated oven about 6-8 minutes, or until lightly golden brown and crispy. Flip over and bake an additional 1-2 minutes. Watch that they don’t burn!

I used 3 different cookie sheets for these ghosts, and with each one, the cooking time was a little different. One batch required almost 12 minutes of baking.

And, each batch was a slightly different color- from golden brown to pale yellow (all crispy though!). I am sure that the level of freshness of the tortillas will also determine the cooking time.

They will be crispy right out of the oven… just like the bagged kind!

But they’re ghosts!


Unless you have one of the fancy food-preserver-bagging doohickeys, I have no advice for storing these chips. No matter what I do with chips, they all get stale if I don’t eat them right away.  So, I say- serve fresh and eat the same day. :)

Simple Guacamole ~ with a ghoulish twist

serves 6

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets (cut so that there is no to very little stem, and just little broccoli confetti)
  • salt to taste

Smash avocados with lemon juice using a firm whisk, potato masher or similar tool. Fold in the cinnamon, cilantro, tomato, and broccoli “confetti”. Salt to taste. Garnish with fresh cilantro

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  10. Julia says:

    Those are soooo boooootiful!

    haha, couldn’t hell myself


  11. Shellyfish says:

    Aaaaaakkkk! Why oh why don’t I have ghost cookie cutters? I even have not-so-delicious tortillas I could use!
    Brilliant idea that I plan to try indeed!

  12. This is super cute!

  13. miss béré says:

    This is soooooo coooooool !
    Can’t wait to try it for kids lunch !
    I absolutly love it !

  14. Mark says:

    We’ve definitely pulled a few crazy homemade tortilla/pita chips stunts, but never thought of using cookie cutters–genius!

  15. Laura says:

    this is the cutest thing in america! I’m going to make them for our halloween party!

  16. Mo says:

    This is one of the most amazing things ever! So cute!

  17. Hannah says:

    These are SO freaking cute, I’m tempted to run out and buy a ghost-shaped cookie cutter right this minute. Also loving the fact that this is an easy way to make chips for a party, without having to roll out dough and make a mess of the kitchen.

    • allyson says:

      I am amazed that you don’t own one of them already! Or, maybe I am surprised that I own three different ghost cookie cutters? (Yes, I am a little over the top with Halloween)
      Thank you for the sweet comment, Hannah!

  18. Katrina says:

    Cute!! Your tortilla chips are adorable.

  19. Paula says:

    this looks so delicious!

    have a nice time!

  20. Stacy says:

    CUUUTE! Am I insane, or is this a really clever yet simple idea? I love how it looks like the little ghosts are floating around some creepy green bog.

  21. THese are so so cute! Love all the halloween posts lately!

  22. Jennifer Trento says:

    I love this! My boyfriend and I are planning a Halloween movie marathon night and I was going to make themed snacks haha so I will certainly make these! :)

  23. Teresa says:

    Those are so cute! and perfect for the season…

  24. Morgan says:

    Ok girl! This is so cute!! I am having a Halloween bash for my little daughter this year, and I am totoally making those chips!!! Thanks for the great idea!

    • allyson says:

      oh awesome- I bet these will be very kid friendly, Morgan! Well, I mean, I know they are- my kids loved ‘em!

  25. Rose says:

    That is too cute! I love it…great idea adding broccoli to the guacamole…and cinnamon too? Sounds so delicious.

  26. OMG, this is FABULOUS!!! My husband and I (child-free) choose to shut off our porch light and avoid trick or treaters on Halloween (don’t judge!) and keep the lights low, watch a movie, drink some wine. We’re TOTALLY going to have these this year!

    • allyson says:

      no judging! haha! I feel relieved that we don’t participate simply because we have our own kiddos to take around! I hope you enjoy them in your low-key celebration <3

  27. Deanna says:

    I love it! I so need to come up with some great Halloween ideas. You amaze!

  28. Caitlin says:

    (i mean that as a compliment.)

  29. Caitlin says:

    you’re ridiculous and amazing at the same time!