Good Question: What Can I Do With Stale Tortilla Chips?

Here's a good question for those of you still cleaning out your cupboards for the Kitchn Spring Cure.

I have half a bag of stale tortilla chips sitting on my counter... What would happen if i made "bread" crumbs out of it? Terrible idea? Worth trying?

I hate to throw it out and be so wasteful, but it seems like every time I buy them I binge on them one night with all the nacho fixins and then totally forget I have them.

What do you guys think? Are tortilla chips recyclable?

Well, if by stale you mean that they are still crunchy, we say yes! Crush them up and mix with beans and rice for a crunchy twist on a basic weeknight dinner. Or try one of these recipes and ideas we found around the web:

Eggs with Tortilla Chips
Mexican Chicken Wings
Tips for using up crushed tortilla chips

If they're getting a little chewy but you still want to use them up, we suggest toasting them up in the oven first. Then try one of the recipes above or sprinkle over soup like corn chowder or tomato soup for a crunchy topping. May as well try, anyway - better than throwing them out.

Any other ideas?

(All images: Manna Harvest)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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