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Tortilla Cinnamon Crisps

Yesterday I wrote about making deep fried tacos.  When ever I do this, I always make Tortilla Cinnamon Crisps.

I hardly ever deep fry anything, so when I make the tacos, I always make Tortilla Cinnamon Crisps with the leftover tortillas.

These were always available at the Mexican restaurants I grew up with — as a dessert or as a snack.  Even Taco Bell has something similar, though I don’t think they use tortillas, but some sort of light, fried dough, iirc.

These are great on their own, but so good with vanilla ice cream, or served with baked apples.

Tortilla Cinnamon Crisps

2-3 Tortillas, cut into strips
2 Tablespoons Cinnamon
1/2 cup Sugar
Hot oil for frying

Slice the tortillas in strip.  If they are too long for your pot, cut them in  half.

Heat the oil, and fry the tortilla pieces, until golden brown on  both sides.  Flip once during frying.  Remove from the hot oil, drain for a second or two, and then immediately put into the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Cover and remove to plate. 

Serve hot, warm, or room temp. 


  • These are fine left over for another day – just allow to cool, and then place in a tightly sealed bag or container.
  • Serve on their own, with Vanilla Ice cream, baked apples, hot chocolate..the options are endless.
  • If you slice the tortillas in a pretty design — an ‘s’ shape, for example, they look lovely served next to a nicely plated dessert.  I served these once with a baked apple, directly in the middle of a wide, shallow dish, with a scoop of ice cream, and the crisps pushed into the ice cream, with a drizzle of hot caramel.  Absolutely yummy.

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