I have a confession to make: I have never tried kale chips! I first heard about them a few years ago, and I have always wanted to try to make them. Kale is not one of my favorite veggies, so I wasn’t sure if I would like them. My brother eats all different kinds of veggie chips and inspired me to finally try these kale chips out! Kale chips are a healthy snack, and after baking cookies yesterday I was craving something healthy! If you have tried kale before, you know that it has a pretty bland taste by itself. There are endless ways to season kale chips, but I thought spicy chili kale chips would be sooo good, so I decided to go with some cayenne pepper and chili powder. They definitely had a good kick to them, and came out very flavorful! When I gave the first batch to my “taste tester,” AKA husband, he thought the kale chips were really good too. We both agreed that they didn’t taste like a “healthy snack,” and that kale chips are an excellent substitution for potato chips. I was so surprised at how crunchy they were out of the oven, and 15 minutes later they were still crunchy! I can’t tell you if they stay that way longer than that, because all of the kale chips I made were gone within minutes – we couldn’t stop eating them! From reading comments on other recipes, it seems that baking them in an oven still leaves a significant amount of moisture and the kale chips will become soggy if you don’t eat them right away. When I bake zucchini chips, they also will become soggy after 30 minutes from taking them out of the oven. If you are looking for something to keep to snack on for a few days, I suggest buying a dehydrator. You can probably find one on Amazon or Ebay. However, these kale chips are so easy to make that you can just make them when you are craving some!
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- 4 cups organic kale, rinsed and chopped
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- Cayenne pepper
- Chili powder
- Sea salt
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.
- Add dried, chopped kale to a large mixing bowl and drizzle olive oil over the top.
- Toss kale with two forks until all pieces are coated in olive oil. Start with 2 tbsp, and if it seems too dry use another tbsp olive oil.
- Sprinkle cayenne pepper, chili powder, and sea salt over the top and continue to toss. Repeat once or twice more, but be careful with the cayenne pepper because they may get too hot!
- Lay out piece by piece on an ungreased baking sheet. Make sure each piece is not touching another and has enough room to bake properly. You will need 2 large baking sheets.
- Sprinkle more seasonings on top if needed.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes. You can check by trying one chip and if it is very crispy they are done!
- For best results, enjoy immediately after removing from the oven.
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I’ve never made kale chips either! I really should, since they’re so popular, and look so tasty. I think spicy is a great way to flavor them. I like kale on its own, but you’re right that it doesn’t have big flavor, so it needs some help. These look terrific!
I’ve been suspicious of kale chips because I find kale bitter…but…you’re making me change my mind. Maybe I can eat em. 😀
Try soaking kale in salt water to remove bitterness and some of moisture. That is what I do with eggplant so it will not be so bitter and smushy.
Great tip, I’ll have to try that next time I steam my kale 🙂
What a healthy and delish snack 😀
Kale chips are one of my all time favorite snacks to make, and it’s great that they can be whipped up so quickly. I like the addition of cayenne here. I’ve made a nice version including nutritional yeast and smoked paprika, but I’m always on the search for new flavors!
MMM yours sound delish!
What a delicious looking snack. I love kale soup so much but it is time to explore and make something new these little kale chips look so good!
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Thanks Hani! 🙂
Oh dear, I love kale and everything with it. I just ate a bowl of kale chips myself. I bet those taste fantastic! 🙂
Kale chips are my jam! Love your spicy version.
These look delicious. Hopefully, they taste better than raw!
I never liked kale chip either until I found a recipe that cooked them “low and slow” – 275 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring at 15. I also found that if you “massage” the oil and seasonings into the kale (just get your hands in there and massage!), it takes away some of the bitterness. I also only use Tuscan kale – the curly kale seems to have a different taste.
Your chili seasonings sounds great. I’ve been using garlic powder, nutritional yeast, salt/pepper. Curry powder too. Will definitely have to try the smoked paprika with the nutritional yeast!