Turn garden fresh tomatoes into deliciously seasoned and crisp tomato chips in a few easy steps.
There is nothing like fresh garden tomatoes. I love roasting them under the broiler, topping them with fresh mozzarella cheese and a bit of basil, and having nothing but that for lunch (see my recipe here). But I have found an even better way to snack on tomatoes and it’s awfully convenient, too…TOMATO CHIPS!
If you’ve never had a tomato chip, but love the taste of tomatoes, you have yet to fully live your life! They are THAT GOOD! And YES, if you don’t have a dehydrator, you really should buy one. I’m trying to encourage everyone to grow something, preserve something, and put back something when it comes to food sources this year. Dehydrating is one of the easiest ways to preserve food because it doesn’t require the time commitment of canning or the freezer space of freezing. You just pop it in, dry it, and store it.
I even heard of some folks who serve these with dips but I gotta tell ya, the sweetness of the chip combined with the slight saltiness of the sea salt and the hint of extra seasoning from dried basil is all I need. This is one of those snacks that has so much flavor it is intensely satisfying – more than potato chips ever hope to be! And think of how much healthier it is, too! (I keep a mason jar of tomato chips by my chair where they stay nice and crispy just waiting on me to eat them throughout the day).
I’ve currently planted 2 Roma tomato plants at my house and 4 at my mother’s, just to make more chips this summer. But any tomato will do, I just find the size of Roma tomatoes to be the most convenient.
- Roma tomatoes (others would work also, but smaller ones are better)
- Sea salt or kosher salt (something coarse)
- Dried basil
How to Make Tomato Chips
Slice your tomatoes, with the skin on, about 1/4 inch thick.
So, that looks closer to 1/2 inch… so aim for 1/4 but if you end up hitting 1/2 keep on walking and don’t look back.
Arrange tomato slices on a dehydrator tray.
Sprinkle them with sea salt or kosher salt (you want a coarser salt) and a bit of dried basil.
Go easy on the salt because whatever you add will taste like double once the chips are dried.
Set dehydrator to vegetable temperature (around 135 degrees) and dry until crispy. This will be anywhere from 8 to 12 hours.
Store in an airtight container and enjoy!
Get ready to make some more though, because these won’t last long.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 12 months.
- Make parmesan tomato chips by sprinkling them with parmesan cheese and baking for an additional few minutes, until the cheese melts.
- Try these other seasonings: garlic powder, za’atar seasoning, and Italian seasoning.
How do you make tomato chips in the oven?
Instead of dehydrating the tomato chips, brush them with olive oil and then place them on parchment paper on a cooling rack on a cookie sheet. Then bake them in a 275-degree oven for 2.5 to 3 hours. Just give them a quick check every now and again to ensure they don’t burn. You’ll want to let them cool for at least an hour before serving.
How do you serve tomato chips?
We all know I could eat them all as is, but here are some other serving suggestions:
- Add a slice of goat cheese or mozzarella between two tomato chips.
- Dip them into your favorite dip, like baked onion dip.
- Add as a garnish to pizza, quiche, tomato soup, pasta, or a salad.
- Elevate an ordinary sandwich, burger, or grilled cheese sandwich with a few tomato chips.
Check out these other posts from my dehydrating series:
Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables To Save Freezer Space and Money
Use a Dehydrator To Make Your Own Instant Rice
Dehydrating Ground Beef (makes instant beef)
Dehydrating Peaches (and recipes)
A dehydrator is an excellent investment to allow families to preserve food with little fuss and also make wonderful snacks – even “real” fruit snacks for your kids!
- Roma tomatoes can use others
- kosher or sea salt
- dried basil
- Cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch slices and arrange them on the dehydrator trays.Roma tomatoes
- Sprinkle very lightly with salt and basil.kosher or sea salt, dried basil
- Dry on the vegetable setting for 8 to 12 hours or until crispy.
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Has anyone done this in the oven and what temp for how long
Easy to do in oven.
Make sure tomato slices are all the same size so they all are done at the same time.
….use very lowest setting and keep temp low on warm (under 150), use the convection fan if you have one. leave door ajar slightly. Takes a few hours.
I dehydrated tomatoes in a hot car in the western sun. I put them on baking sheets and covered them with netting just in case there was a fly in the car. There wasn’t. It worked fine and didn’t use extra power.
My great grandmother used to dry them on pieces of screen in her front yard during the Alabama summers. 🙂
My Grandmother and aunts all dried apples like this. on a screem and covered them with cheese cloth is bees started getting to the apples.
Those kind of dried apples are always the best!!
Oh my goodness where has this been all my life!!!! I always plant way too many tomato plants and have them coming out my ears I can’t wait to try these this summer. I also love that you are trying to get more people into growing their own food and preserving. I think it is so incredibly important. And dehydrators are so easy! Just turn them on abs forget about it for a while!
Hi there. Interesting, but.. could I get the same result in my gas-oven? I don’t have any dehidrator (didn’t know ’bout it…) or microwave. What do you think? Tnks a lot!!
I have never tried it but I think it would work just fine in the oven. You will have to Google the instructions on how to dehydrate in the oven but I know others have done it successfully.