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April 21, 2014 2:28 PM   Subscribe

Bought a large bag of unsalted corn chips and didn't realize it until I got home. Store won't take them back without a receipt which I don't have. Do you have an easy method for adding salt to unsalted chips? I'm not talking about pouring salt over the chips.
posted by Xurando to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Liberally apply melted cheese.
posted by humboldt32 at 2:30 PM on April 21, 2014 [10 favorites]

put the salt in the salsa.
posted by bruce at 2:34 PM on April 21, 2014

Use popcorn salt. It's very finely powdered so it will cling to the chips better than table salt.
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:36 PM on April 21, 2014 [7 favorites]

Try warming them in the oven and then sprinkling with salt. If they are fried, heating them will bring out a little of the oil, to which the salt will stick.
posted by sarajane at 2:37 PM on April 21, 2014 [12 favorites]

I'd make a saline solution and put it in a misting bottle and spray it on very lightly then pop it in the oven to dry the chips out. Not that this strikes me as *easy*, but that's how I'd try to do it.

Alternately, I'd mist oil on the chips and then toss them with salt.

But really, the options for making nachos or using dip are likely to be a lot easier than salting the actual chips.
posted by jacquilynne at 2:38 PM on April 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

I'm not talking about pouring salt over the chips

Why not? When I was a kid chips (crisps) were unsalted but came with a little blue paper twist of salt in the bag. Unwrapping it, sprinkling salt over the chips and shaking the bag vigorously for even coverage was half the fun.
posted by glasseyes at 2:38 PM on April 21, 2014 [4 favorites]

Maybe these are your chips for pouring chile over. Get new chips for other uses.
posted by colin_l at 2:39 PM on April 21, 2014

These are the chips in question.
posted by Xurando at 2:42 PM on April 21, 2014

I just put spray oil on them (Pam, something similar) and then toss them with salt. Altenrately you can use them for things like a crust for frito pie or with some salty cheese/meat for nachos and you will probably not notice.
posted by jessamyn at 2:43 PM on April 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

Chili Fritos? Tortilla soup? Make nachos and liberally salt the toppings?
posted by Sara C. at 2:44 PM on April 21, 2014

I would salt them the same way I salt popcorn that I make in the air-popper: Put them in a big paper bag, pour some fat (oil or butter) over them, sprinkle lots of salt in, and then vigorously shake the bag.
posted by joan_holloway at 2:57 PM on April 21, 2014

Throw them away and buy new chips.
posted by mullacc at 3:05 PM on April 21, 2014 [13 favorites]

If you whir your salt in your food processor until it's more powdery (granular salt is sucky at sticking to dry things) and throw the chips with that and a tablespoon or two of oil, then throw them in the oven for ten minutes, you may be able to come up with something approximately worth eating.

The other thing you could do is crunch them up like crazy with scallions and jalapenos and cilantro, and put them on top of chili.
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:08 PM on April 21, 2014

Dip them in sour cream and onion dip. The lipton packets are ideal for this. The dip is salty, and the chips balance it out!

It's the easiest thing, and won't suck. I promise.
posted by oceanjesse at 3:18 PM on April 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

Sprinkle lime juice on them and then toss with salt.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:19 PM on April 21, 2014 [6 favorites]

How to Make Salt Stick to Air Popped Popcorn
I suspect this will work for your doritos.
posted by canoehead at 3:30 PM on April 21, 2014 [3 favorites]

I feel your pain, I did this a couple weeks ago. We just made the guac extra salty and it evened out.
posted by looli at 3:35 PM on April 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

I would give them a saline spritz and then dry them in the oven.

If you happen to make chili anytime soon, crumble up a small handful and add them as a thickener. It's fine to use regular chips for this as long as you are managing how much salt you add elsewhere. here, it's no problem.

That said, if you want them to taste like proper doritos, how about this cool-ranch spices recipe? Or do you prefer Nacho Cheese? (scroll down for recipe)

The one down side of Taco Bell introducing their doritos-based tacos is that it has become impossible to search for a fake recipe for taco doritos, but then again, taco seasoning isn't exactly the formula for Coke.
posted by Sunburnt at 3:57 PM on April 21, 2014

I like Sunburnt's first suggestion, but with a twist: put the closed bag into the freezer for an hour or so, then dump them onto a baking tray in a steamy kitchen for just a few minutes so that the barest film of water can condense on them, then blow a little salt across them and immediately pop them into a preheated oven to dry with the salt grains in place.
posted by jamjam at 4:17 PM on April 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

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