Homemade Pita Chips

These homemade pita chips are the ultimate healthy snack and easy to whip up. Here’s how to make pita chips and get fancy with toppings, too.

Homemade Pita Chips | How to make pita chips

Six months have passed since our son Larson was born. And in those six months, he’s turned from an infant into a real boy. He wears jeans and loves dogs. He has a favorite book and song, eats off a spoon, and drinks water from a cup. He smiles all the time and shrieks when he’s tossed into the air. He responds to his name, rolls over, and grabs anything he sees (typically it goes straight into his mouth). How it’s possible to learn all these things in six months is pretty astounding. In those six months, Alex and I have changed too. And somehow, we’re still able to make things like homemade pita chips. Keep reading for the recipe, and a few more parenting updates.

Related: Use these homemade pita chips in our Greek Nachos recipe!

A new normal

Nowadays, Alex and I are experts at making a bottle in a split second at 4:00 am, and falling right back asleep after it’s gone. We can detect even the faintest cry during nap time, and have mastered new troubleshooting sequences (he’s crying: pacifier? hungry? dirty? sleepy?). We’ve memorized Larson’s favorite book and favorite song. Before we had kids, I used to be worried: will I lose my personality? Will I become a new, boring-er version of myself? Will life as I know it be gone forever? Luckily, so far Alex and I have found that life with Larson is far better than life without him. We might get less sleep and not go out as much, but we still have our lives, our friends, our passions—and a whole new awesome person to share everything with.

I also assumed I’d grow to resent cooking once Larson came along, but I love it more than ever. Cooking has grown to be my creative outlet, and that inner desire has not gone away while caring for a tiny human. To keep doing it, we’ve adjusted our lifestyle a bit to support it—we’ve become more organized, utilize nap times for prep, and so forth. And that’s how, even though we’ve got a 6 month-old in tow, we can make healthy snacks like homemade pita chips without it seeming like a chore.

How to make pita chips

Homemade pita chips are incredibly easy to make: just take pita bread, brush it with olive oil, and bake it for about 20 minutes until crispy! Why make homemade pita chips? Well, storebought pita chips have that odd aftertaste stabilizers that are added to preserve the flavor and texture. Also, often times those pita chips are loaded with salt. Homemade pita chips taste better and are a little bit healthier! That’s a win in our book.

Related: Homemade Pita Bread | Whole Grain Homemade Pita Bread

Toppings for homemade pita chips

For our homemade pita chips, we decided to add a flair in the topping using another homemade ingredient: za’atar seasoning. Za’atar is a traditional Middle Eastern spice blend. Typically za’atar contains toasted sesame seeds, thyme, sumac, and salt. So then, what’s sumac? Sumac is a Middle Eastern spice that’s made of ground sumac berries; it’s bright red, and has a bright citrus flavor. Ground sumac is easily available online, and you can find it in some groceries. Why buy sumac instead of a za’atar blend for these chips? Well, you absolutely can buy za’atar instead. But if you do buy sumac, you’ll have it on hand for other uses like sprinkling on pita, over yogurt dips, and making fattoush bowls: with the added bonus that you can also make za’atar when the need arises.

And why put za’atar on your pita chips? We’re firm believers that unexpected flavors help us to slow down. These chips taste more complex than the typical healthy snacks, which makes us pause and enjoy the flavors instead of shoveling one-note chips into our mouths.

How to dip these homemade pita chips

How to dip these homemade pita chips? We’ll let you decide, but here are a few of our favorite ways to eat pita chips:

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This recipe is…

This homemade pita chips recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free. For gluten-free, use gluten-free pita bread.

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Homemade Za'atar Pita Chips | A Couple Cooks

Homemade Pita Chips Recipe


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

Description

These homemade pita chips are the ultimate healthy snack and easy to whip up. Here’s how to make pita chips and get fancy with toppings, too.


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Ingredients

For the homemade pita chips

  • 6 pita breads
  • Olive oil
  • Fine sea salt

For the homemade za’atar seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Sumac
  • Dried thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Brush each pita with olive oil on both sides, and cut into 8 wedges each with a pizza cutter. Place them in an even layer across two baking sheets. If you’re planning to skip the za’atar seasoning, sprinkle the top with sea salt and skip to Step 4.
  3. Meanwhile, for the homemade za’atar seasoning: Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet for about 2 to 3 minutes until just golden, then remove from heat. Sprinkle the tops of the pita chips with thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, and sea salt.
  4. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pita.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Keywords: Pita chips, Homemade pita chips, How to make pita chips, Healthy snack, Healthy, Vegetarian, Vegan, Vegan Snack, Chips,

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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.

4 Comments

  • Reply
    stephanie
    August 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    yes to all the zaatar pita chips and baby larson :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      September 1, 2017 at 11:03 am

      Haha! And someday maybe he’ll eat some. :)

  • Reply
    Aysegul Sanford
    August 29, 2017 at 7:37 am

    How much I love seeing Larson in my feed when I scroll through Instagram. You two made the best parents.
    LOVE pita chips and the addition of Z’aatar is such a great idea!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      September 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

      You are too kind — thank you Aysegul!

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