Chipotle kale chips are the best way to eat kale! You won’t be able to stop eating these salty and crispy kale chips, a delicious, healthy snack.
We’ve been on a bit of a kale streak, since we’ve been hearing more and more questions about what to do with it. We’ve stuffed it in potatoes and covered it in cheese Italian-style, but how about just plain old kale, baked up into kale chips?
If you love snacking (like we do!), baked kale chips make an excellent healthy alternative. They’re pretty simple to prepare. And while they do take a bit more time than opening a bag of chips, the end result is absolutely worth it! I’ll admit, kale chips do take a bit of getting used to in terms of texture. They’re a bit brittle and tend to be more of a “melt in the mouth” snack – so don’t go dipping them in salsa!
Related: 12 Best Kale Recipes
How to make kale chips
Alex and I picked up some kale at our local farmer’s market. We decided to try making baked kale chips with the beautiful leaves. To make kale chips, you simply chop the kale into “chip” sizes and mix it with a bit of olive oil. Then sprinkle with a bit of seasoning: we used a smoky chipotle seasoning we happened to have on hand. The smoky, spicy blend hit the spot – but you can use any seasoning of choice. There are lots of interesting spice blends out there that would be delicious to try. Just make sure not to be too heavy handed with the spice or the salt: a light sprinkle will do! Then bake the kale for 20 minutes until it’s crispy – and you’ll have unique and satisfying snack!
Video: How to cut kale
Are you wondering how to stem and chop kale but not sure the best way? Alex and I have toyed with various methods over the years, but we’ve finally ended up with one that is slick and simple. We use this method all the time, like when we make a kale Caesar salad or our Tuscan soup with white beans and kale. Using this method changed the game for us, and we hope it will for you too! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut kale, including a video of me cutting kale in our kitchen.
Looking for kale recipes?
Outside of these baked kale chips, here are a few of our favorite kale recipes?
- Kale, Red Onion, and Pistachio Pizza
- Spicy Kale Lasagna
- Kale and Artichoke Frittata
- Garlic and Kale Soup
- Kale, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea Stew
- Massaged Kale Salad with Apple and Pomegranate
- Hearty Sweet Potato and Kale Soup
- Butternut Squash Lentil Soup with Kale
- Kale Caesar Salad with Cornbread Bits
- 18 Healthy Kale Recipes
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This baked kale chips recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and plant-based.Print
Baked kale chips are the best way to eat kale! You won’t be able to stop eating these salty and crispy kale chips, a delicious, healthy snack.
- 2 bunches kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Smoky chipotle paprika (we used Victoria Taylor’s); substitute smoked paprika or paprika
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Rinse the kale, then dry it completely. Chop the kale into large chip-sized pieces. In a bowl, toss the kale with the olive oil.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place kale leaves on the sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle lightly with a modest amount of smoky chipotle paprika or other spice of choice (add kosher salt if it is not already incorporated in your spice mix).
- Bake for about 20 minutes until crisp. Cool slightly before serving. Chips can be stored for several days in an airtight container after cooling completely. Take care when storing, as the kale chips are a bit fragile.
The smoky paprika chipotle seasoning gives the chips an excellent flavor. If you can’t find this or something similar, use the substitutes listed below or any of your favorite spices or mixes! Make sure not to be too heavy handed when sprinkling the chips.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
- Category: Snack
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Kale Chips, Baked Kale Chips, Healthy Snack Recipes, Vegetarian Snacks, Vegan Snacks, Gluten-Free Snacks
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.