By Maryelser Kinmore

That classic bowl of chips and dip at a Mexican restaurant wouldn't be nearly as welcoming if the chips were cold. Serve your tortilla chips warm so they make a crispy contrast for the dip -- whether it's salsa, guacamole, nacho cheese dip or a bean dip -- they accompany. Heating them takes a little finesse so they don't burn or become soggy. The goal is a crisp, warm tortilla chip to scoop up the tasty dip.

cup with guacamole and corn chips -  traditional Mexican appetizer
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Heat the chips just before you serve them.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. It's not essential to line the pan, but it makes clean-up a breeze.

Step 3

Pour the tortilla chips into the pan, arranging them in a single, even layer.

Step 4

Place the baking pan in the oven for 4 to 5 minutes or until the chips are warm.

Step 5

Pour the warmed tortilla chips into your serving bowl.