Spicy Habanero Kale Chips

Kale Chips finish2
Tea Towel: West Elm. Wooden Bowl: Marshall’s. Gold Tumbler: Marshall’s.

With the Thanksgiving Holiday, and doubling up at work, it’s been a while since I’ve had time for a post. I’ve also been trying to “style” my food photos a bit fancier for y’alls’ viewin’ pleasure, so I’ve been hunting around for goodies here and there. (Still working on my photography skills. . .so be nice!)

I’ve had this bag of kale cleaned and cut up in a Zip-Loc baggie in the fridge for about a week and decided tonight would be a good night to use it. I wasn’t starving and didn’t want a full meal, so I thought some kale chips would be a good salty snack fix.

Before you start- here are a few tips to make sure they turn out nice and crispy and not soggy!

  • Wash and THOROUGHLY dry the kale
  • tear leaves off, you don’t want to leave the vein in during baking, it will come out tough and reedy
  • make sure you spread the kale out evenly on the baking sheet- you don’t want to pile it up on top of itself, this will cause it to steam and make it soggy instead of crispy

Kale Chips seasoning

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, de-veined, dried and torn-up into chip size bites
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Habanero seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili lime seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I used Himalayan, you can use a salt of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Lime Seasoning (Urban Accents brand)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Mix all seasoning together together in pinch bowl as shown. Add the olive oil to the seasoning. Once mixed, pour over kale and give those greens a nice rub down. Massage ’em good. Spread the greens evenly over your baking sheet. I used two baking sheets for this recipe to give the kale more “room to breathe”. As I mentioned earlier, you don’t want to pile it up, it will steam and cause the leaves to get soggy instead of crisping up.

Kale Chips on pan

Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Kale should just come right off the pan. Enjoy while warm!

I ended up having this with grapes and cheese as my dinner tonight, with a Bulleit Bourbon as shown in the pic. Nothing better than a little booze and a salty snack!

I hope you enjoy this guilt free yummy!

xo Kelli

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