Chipotle Kale Chips

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.

Baked kale chips

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

Baked kale chips

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!

Baked kale chips | How to cut kale

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.

Related: 20 Knife Skills Videos: How to Cut Everything!

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This recipe is…

This baked kale chips recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and plant-based.

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Chipotle Kale Chips

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


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


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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


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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.


  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    May 7, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Mmm such a healthy, tasty, snack! Love it!

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    May 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I’ve been meaning to try kale chips! The chipotle version sounds great! :)

  • Reply
    May 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I love kale chips! I’ll have to try your chipotle version – what a great idea.

  • Reply
    May 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I just had some at a raw foods class yesterday that were excellent. They were dehydrated rather than baked This made them much less brittle and although you can’t dip them, they were delish

    They used a marinade and then put them in the food dehydrator

  • Reply
    May 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I am crazy about kale chips but have never tried them with chipotle pepper.. loving your idea!

  • Reply
    LP @dishclips
    May 10, 2012 at 12:22 am

    This looks great! I’m going to try this recipe.

  • Reply
    August 7, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I just started the atkins diet 3 days ago and all ready looking for ways to turn my veggies into something i can’t have for instance chips lol hopefully this works!

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    October 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Love the Chipotle seasoning idea, Cant wait to try them. I ususlly make them with sea salt or Lawrys season salt – our family loves them! I place my kale on a wire cooling rack on top of the cookie sheet and they come out perfectly!

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    July 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Hi guys! I’m in Indy and wondering what grocery store has the Victoria Taylor’s spice you mentioned.

    • Reply
      July 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Christina! We got the spice blend at Fresh Market. Hope you can find it too!

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