Air Fryer Potato Chips: BBQ, Cheddar and Sour Cream, Chipotle Ranch, and Spicy Sweet Chili

Air Fryer Potato Chips: BBQ, Cheddar and Sour Cream, Chipotle Ranch, and Spicy Sweet Chili

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It took plenty of charred potatoes, but I’ve finally nailed down a super fast and simple way to make amazing air fryer potato chips. Even better, I’ve figured out a handful of ways to season them to mimic classic potato chip flavors. Other than the air fryer time, these chips shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes of prep time.

I’ll run through all the seasoning combos below and include the recipe card for plain air fryer potato chips at the end. One thing I learned in my chip trials is that adding seasoning blends before frying rarely works. The basics like salt works fine, but others tend to burn and leave a charred flavor.

So, all the seasoning combos below will go on the air fried potato chips after coming out of the air fryer. Just mix, toss, and devour. And before I forget, all the seasoning recipes are for 200 grams of potato.

BBQ Air Fried Potato Chips

bbq air fried potato chips

With so many exotic chip flavors these days, I wouldn’t fault anyone for getting adventurous with their snack selections. That said, the classic BBQ potato chip is forever atop my chip flavor rankings. Here’s what I tossed my air fried potato chips with:

  • 1 Tbsp Slow Cooker BBQ Seasoning Mix (in spice aisle – I used McCormick)

That’s it, folks.

Air Fryer Cheddar and Sour Cream Potato Chips

If you’re already a member of the #cheddargang then cheddar powder needs no introduction. For those unfamiliar with cheddar powder, it’s simply dehydrated cheddar and that can be reconstituted to form a cheese sauce or used in powder form on popcorn, snacks, or in this case, air fried potato chips.

I’ve made too many recipes with cheddar powder to keep track of at this point. But if you’d like to see a few examples like cauliflower mac and cheese, garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, and more, read this.

Here’s what I used for the cheddar and sour cream chips:

  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp Cheddar Powder
  • 1 tsp Ranch Dip Mix or Seasoning (if you have a Sam’s Club near you, they have this in bulk so you don’t have to open a package for 1 tsp)

One thing I’ll add with this combo is that the cheddar powder tends to clump when exposed to heat or moisture. Let the chips cool a bit before tossing in the seasoning and it should be all good in the hood.

Cheese and Dairy-Free “Cheesy” Potato Chips

Want a cheesy potato chip without the actual cheese? You may or may not be familiar with nutritional yeast and its almost parmesan-like flavor profile. Inspired by this not cheese cheesy dust, the blend below is a delicious alternative to cheddar powder.

dairy free cheese powder for air fryer potato chips

  • 1 tsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder

The nutritional yeast is a bit flaky, but you can mix it really well and almost grind it into a finer powder before adding to the chips.

Chipotle Ranch Air Fried Chips 

Is it just me or has chipotle as a flavor really burst on the scene over the past few years? It seems like there’s a chipotle edition of nearly every dish or food product out there now. And for good reason—it’s delicious.

  • 1 tsp Ground Chipotle Pepper Powder
  • 1 tsp Ranch Dip Mix or Seasoning (if you have a Sam’s Club near you, they have this in bulk so you don’t have to open a package for 1 tsp)

I added a bit of cayenne pepper to mine but if you’re sensitive to spice, you may want to pass.

Air Fryer Spicy Sweet Chili Chips

spicy sweet chili air fryer potato chips

If you had a time machine and could rewind time back to the summer of 2007, you’d find me playing Banjo Kazooie eating family size bags of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos. It’s a time I’m not proud of, but I like to think it’s part of my origin story.

On a serious note, this simplified version isn’t exactly like the amazing Doritos, but it’s close enough and delicious nonetheless.

  • 1 tsp Stevia or Granular Sugar Substitute
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

With the stevia in this combo, I like to add the seasoning as the chips come right out of the air fryer.

Plain Air Fryer Potato Chips

All right, now that you know how to spice up your life I’ll drop the recipe and video walkthrough for the base chips below.

If you try any of these air fryer potato chips, I wanna see them. Tag me on Instagram in your re-creation and I’ll be sure to share it with everyone on the ‘Gram. And if you’re wondering about the air fryer I use, it’s Simple Living’s 5.2L XL Air Fryer which they were nice enough to send me earlier this year. You can find it on Amazon here.

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Air Fryer Potato Chips

A simple way to make crispy air fryer potato chips.

Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer potato chips
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 160 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff

Ingredients

  • 200 g Russet Potato about 1 medium potato
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt optional
  • 2-3 sprays Nonstick Cooking Spray

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry potato(es).

  2. Use a knife or mandoline to slice potatoes into thin pieces (about the width of a chef's knife). 

  3. Pat the potato slices with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

  4. Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray before adding the potatoes to the air fryer. Spread the potato slices out as evenly as possible, with minimal overlap. (If you have any thick slices, make sure they're overlapping thinner slices.) Spray the top with nonstick cooking spray and add salt (optional). 

  5. Air fry for 15 minutes on 400. Every air fryer is a bit different so you may have to adjust the timing slightly. If you have some chips that are crispy and others that are soft, remove the well done chips and air fry the thicker slices a bit longer.

  6. While the potato chips are in the air fryer, mix any seasoning blends together.

  7. Once the chips have fried and slightly cooled, toss with any additional seasoning and dig in. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Seasoning combos (nutrition info will vary between seasoning combos):

  •  BBQ
    • 1 Tbsp Slow Cooker BBQ Seasoning Mix (in spice aisle – I used McCormick)
  • Cheddar and Sour Cream
    • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp Cheddar Powder
    • 1 tsp Ranch Dip Mix or Seasoning (if you have a Sam’s Club near you, they have this in bulk so you don’t have to open a package for 1 tsp)
  • Cheese-free Cheesy Chips
    • 1 tsp Nutritional Yeast
    • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
    • 1/4 tsp Paprika
    • 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Chipotle Ranch
    • 1 tsp Ground Chipotle Pepper Powder
    • 1 tsp Ranch Dip Mix or Seasoning (if you have a Sam’s Club near you, they have this in bulk so you don’t have to open a package for 1 tsp)
  • Spicy Sweet Chili
    • 1 tsp Ground Chipotle Pepper Powder
    • 1 tsp Ranch Dip Mix or Seasoning (if you have a Sam’s Club near you, they have this in bulk so you don’t have to open a package for 1 tsp)

I used Simple Living’s 5.2L XL Air Fryer which you can find on Amazon here.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Potato Chips
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 160
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A quick and easy way to make air fryer potato chips and five different seasoning combos to make your healthy snacks taste like your favorites.



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