Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Stars


I got a tremendous giggle out of the following comment, left Monday by Lisa Loo on the Mango Chicken Salad post, which included a shot of the simple cinnamon-sugar tortilla stars we whipped up for our Labor Day menu…

Am I super stupid not to know how to make those FABULOUS stars and yet want
DESPERATELY to make them?!

I hadn’t planned on posting this recipe, because it’s really more of a clever serving idea than it is an actual recipe. But, I’ll do anything for a reader who makes me gut giggle for five minutes straight. Lisa Loo {you cutie!}, this one’s for you.


Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Stars
A whimsical addition to our Caribbean themed Labor Day menu plans, these simple tortilla stars were the first thing to disappear from the dinner table. My children adored them. So did my husband. I’m pretty sure he kissed one and made a wish before eating one. Or, maybe I was the one who did that. Because, pretty much, these crunchy chips are the nicest side dish ever.
1 package of large tortillas
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 T. salt
1/2 T. cinnamon
2 c. vegetable oil for frying
Medium-sized star-shaped cookie cutter
Using the cookie cutter, cut as many stars as the tortilla’s will allow. Heat oil in a medium saucepan, with the stovetop set to medium heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully fry the tortillas on both sides, just until the edges are browned. Be careful! They cook fast! Transfer cooked chips to a wire rack while you finish cooking all of the stars. When finished, pile the chips in a large bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, and cinnamon, then sprinkle the mixture generously over the cooked chips. Serve immediately.
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21 Responses to “Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Stars”

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    TERI REES WANG on August 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm Reply

    Love it.
    All of it.

    Cheers!..You are a super star.

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    ButterYum on August 31, 2010 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Yummo! I haven't had fried tortillas sprinkled with cinnamon sugar since Chi-Chi's closed it's doors. I love that you cut the tortillas into such a cute shape before frying. I'm definitely going to have to make these for the family.


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    Emily Heizer Photography on September 1, 2010 at 12:38 am Reply

    SOOO cute I love it! And it sounds so delicious too! A much better and dressed up version of Taco Bell's crappy cinnamon twist things that I haven't had since I was 10 (I swear!).

    And how adorable would little hearts be on Valentine's day? With pink or red tinted sugars?

    Does it matter if it is corn or flour torillas?

    How clever are you? And dear, you have WAY too much faith in us if you thought we didn't need a recipe for this!!!

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    ♥peachkins♥ on September 1, 2010 at 5:09 am Reply

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    devon on September 1, 2010 at 8:24 am Reply

    YUUUUM! Thanks


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    The Whimsical Wife on September 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm Reply

    Loving your blog! I have been readying it for a good 3 months now and have enjoyed every post! Your a real inspiration!

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    WizzyTheStick on September 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm Reply

    How can you not love something that is this simple yet delicious. Awesome recipe

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    Heather on September 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm Reply

    Oh me, oh my! These look adorable and absolutely delicious! Yummy!

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    Cookin' Canuck on September 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm Reply

    How fun! These would be fantastic dipped into a fruit salsa.

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    Julie on September 1, 2010 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Cute and yummy! I'm sure I could about 100 of these with both hands tied behind my back.

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    Lisa Loo on September 1, 2010 at 11:52 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for indulging my lack of knowledge! I am SO cooking challenged. I am glad I made you giggle—

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    Southern Sophistication on September 2, 2010 at 1:02 am Reply

    Yum. I think I may add this to this weekends menu as well. And- Friday- I am making the soda you posted a few days ago. :-) If only I had those cute bottles!

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    Patricia Scarpin on September 2, 2010 at 6:42 am Reply

    Those are too cute! I love star shaped food – so whimsical!

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    Caroline on September 2, 2010 at 7:31 am Reply

    I'd love to dip these in some hot chocolate…. mmmm

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    Chef Bee on September 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm Reply

    I use tortillas a million ways but haven't cut them into shapes. Thanks for the great idea.

    Plan B

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    bridget {bake at 350} on September 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm Reply

    I am *so* making these….for EVERY OCCASION I can possibly think of! ;)

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    Marisa on September 28, 2010 at 4:40 am Reply

    These are super cute! Great idea to turn an everyday thing like a tortilla into a special & pretty snack.

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    Tara on July 3, 2013 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Ohh! These are perfect for the 4th of July. But can someone tell me if its ok to make them ahead of time? I plan to take them to a party but obviously won’t be able to eat immediately.

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    Carol Langille on August 22, 2014 at 7:44 am Reply

    I notice you say to ‘serve immediately’. I would like to make these to sell at a fall bazaar in a month and I was going to package them in clear celo bags. Do you think they will stay crisp?

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