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30 Jan

Zucchini Chips with Spicy Salsa

When many people hear the world “chips” the next thing that pops into their mind is “potatoes.” As we all know here, however, chips can be made out of any number of vegetables. Parsnips, beets and rutabagas work well and as Diana pointed out with her snack recipe submitted to the Primal Blueprint Cookbook Challenge (current theme: Primal Snacks), so do zucchini and yellow squash.

Diana uses a dehydrator to make her chips. But since not all of us have a dehydrator, let’s start with the kitchen oven. Although we’ll be honest: making chips of any kind in an oven is tricky. To get a crispy, crunchy chip that isn’t burned, the slow method is best. And by slow, we mean practically a whole day at your oven’s lowest possible heat level.  Some people recommend leaving the door slightly cracked so air can circulate. If you don’t have that kind of time, try this fast method: slice zucchini thinly, dip in egg white and then a light coating of coconut flour. Bake in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes, flipping once. This will make a flavorful and fairly crunchy chip. For even more flavor, add onion powder or grated parmesan to the coconut flour.

However, it can’t be denied that by far the easiest and most fool-proof way to make chips is in a dehydrator. You can walk away and let the dehydrator do the work without worrying about the chips staying soggy or burning to a crisp. They come out crispy and crunchy every time, which is exactly the texture we want when a snack-attack strikes.

A dehydrator is also a kitchen appliance worth considering if you’ve been wanting to make jerky or dried fruit. If an electric dehydrator isn’t in your budget, then you might want to consider some homemade versions, and let us know if they work.

If you are using a dehydrator, Diana’s recipe for zucchini chips is as good as we’ve ever tried. We love the simplicity of it. Make sure to try her salsa too, because nothing makes a chip taste better than a little something to dip it in.

Chip Ingredients:

  • 1 or more large zucchini and/or yellow squash
  • 1 dehydrator (or your kitchen oven)
  • salt (optional)
  • onion powder (optional)


Cut squashes into 1/2 inch slices. Season lightly with salt, onion powder or any other spices you like. Dehydrate in the dehydrator. If you’re using an oven, set oven to low, place squash directly on the racks and let them dry. It may happen over night, or may take a couple of days.

Serve with home-made “roasted” salsa.

Salsa Ingredients:

  • 6 roma tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 3 jalapenos (more or less for hotness)
  • 1/2 onion

Chop veggies into medium to large chunks, coat with olive oil and roast in oven at 400 degrees until lightly roasted.


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • cayenne pepper sauce to taste

Lightly pulse in food processor until chopped.

OR: Chop veggies into small pieces by hand, mince garlic, place in a bowl and mix in olive oil, lime juice and cayenne pepper sauce.

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  1. Alright, that sounds interesting. Not sure if I want to go through all that trouble tho :)

    Steven wrote on January 30th, 2010
  2. Keeping your diet interesting, fresh and actually tasting good is half the battle of eating right and getting your body where it needs to be. Thanks for dropping some ideas out there on how people can do just that. Great post.

    Tyler Knott wrote on January 30th, 2010
  3. I am a chip lover and have always had trouble getting them out my of life. I haven’t had any grain-based chips in a long time, but sometimes I just crack a crunchy snack!

    I am hoping that this will do the trick- as I can make these once a week or every two weeks and kick my potato chip habit!

    Marissa wrote on January 30th, 2010
    • What kind of chips do you eat with no grains? I love chips too and miss them with my on grain diet!

      Scott wrote on April 12th, 2010
  4. Yum! These sound delish! Just one more reason I want a dehydrator… 😛 I think I might try out one of the home-made versions until I have the money for a real one.

    Ika wrote on January 30th, 2010
  5. What an interesting timing! I just bought a dehydrator as I have plans of making jerky…
    I’ll give this one a try, too!

    Organic Gabe wrote on January 30th, 2010
  6. This recipe is a bit unseasonal, but I’ve got to remember it when I start getting buried under zucchini and yellow squash this summer. Never occurred to me that they’d be any good dehydrated!

    dragonmamma wrote on January 30th, 2010
  7. I’ve had better luck with sweet potatoes than zucchini, at least using the oven method. I think it’s the water content of the zucchini. (I know sweet potatoes are marginally primal.)

    @Marissa: I toss squash seeds in oil and spices, then roast ’em up. Satisfies my cravings for a crunchy / salty snack. Well, usually.

    b. strong wrote on January 30th, 2010
  8. Tortilla chips are one of my bad habits preventing me from being 100% primal. I’ll have to try this. We were grocery shopping tonight and I was looking for something to dip into salsa. I’ve tried celery, carrots, etc. but nothing quite does it. This might if I could get them crispy enough…

    Jodi wrote on January 30th, 2010
  9. Thanks for posting this! Here’s the dehydrator that I’m gonna buy with my tax refund.

    It can dehydrate fruit, nuts, meat and yogurt.

    Steve Scarfia wrote on January 31st, 2010
  10. I never actually knew that chips could be made out of something that was not a potato. But I guess it makes sense it’s just a chip of something. Nice post.

    Richard Shelmerdine wrote on January 31st, 2010
  11. Yummy!!!

    iisierra wrote on January 31st, 2010
  12. I’ve had chips made out of beets in a restaurant before and they were awesome! I’m sure theirs were deep fried, but I always wanted to try to make a healthier version. I may have to break out the dehydrator and try this with a few different vegetables!

    Michelle wrote on January 31st, 2010
  13. just did this today, loved it! thanks

    alex wrote on January 31st, 2010
  14. I have to say these do look delicious! I’ve tried bits similar to this before but not exactly this one.

    I will surely have to give it a whirl sometime.


    Richard Huntley
    RH Martial Fitness

    Richard Huntley wrote on February 1st, 2010
  15. Totally tried the Zucchini chips….SOOOO good.

    Kyle wrote on February 1st, 2010
  16. Perfect timing! I’m planning our food for the Super Bowl this weekend, and while my husband will eat the “real stuff,” I want primal substitutions. He made a whole bunch of homemade salsa just a little bit ago, so he definitely wants chips and salsa to be part of the food. So zucchini chips are the perfect thing for me! And eggplant pizza, burgers on a portabella mushroom, and, well, beer. Because otherwise it just isn’t the Super Bowl.

    Deanna wrote on February 2nd, 2010
  17. I usually hate zucchini. But I love chips. Much to my sorrow. I’m not Primal per se but LCing… these would be ideal, as zucchini is not that high carb of a vegetable.

    I already knew you could make chips out of other veggies. There’s a snack brand out there, actually, that makes them. I forget the brand name but the bags are black. They’ve got sweet potato and a bunch of other root veggies, including taro. Yum.

    Dana wrote on February 2nd, 2010
    • Zucchini is not a type of vegetable, it is a fruit.

      Julianne wrote on February 7th, 2010
      • Botanically, zucchini is a fruit (as are tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, etc.). However, “vegetable” is a culinary term that effectively refers to all non-sweet produce.

        Christine wrote on February 7th, 2010
        • 100% correct! I love it how we all think of cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, etc. are veggies when they are really fruits!

          Of course when we think of fruits we immediately think of our favorite “sweet” fruit… its just how we role :)

          I made these chips tonight for the super bowl and they were amazing!!! I am going to make them again real soon!

          Todd wrote on February 7th, 2010
  18. We are making these today for the Super Bowl! I can’t wait to try them!

    Todd wrote on February 7th, 2010
  19. I made these, they were awesome … had to fight my kids for them (and the dehydrated crispy kale we made at the same time). But my zucchini chips shrank up to about dime size … how did you get the ones in the picture to stay so big?

    Cathy wrote on February 24th, 2010
  20. Got these in the dehydrator as we speak (type?). Cannot wait!

    Laura wrote on March 9th, 2010
  21. Whole Foods sells plantain chips which I have been enjoying instead of potato and corn chips. The have many other dried vegetables as well.

    Brian wrote on August 4th, 2010
  22. our kitchen appliances are well maintained and taking good care of by doing some routine maintennance once a month “

    Carpet Shampooer · wrote on November 3rd, 2010
  23. Made these yesterday! The chips were so good! I loooove onion. I did take the wimpy way out and just used store bought salsa, but the chips were still the highlight.

    Beth wrote on June 27th, 2011
  24. How long do Zucchini Chips stay good for and how do you store them?

    Kyle wrote on August 14th, 2011
  25. I have the chips in the dehydrator now, and have heard they are good. I can’t imagine salsa without cilantro, though…?? I am making my own… lol

    Vivian wrote on October 19th, 2011
  26. I cant wait to get one… so excited :)

    Bobbielee wrote on May 16th, 2012
  27. I made a couple of batches this weekend and tried differnt spices on them. On one tray I used a mesquite spice mix. On another I used cajun spices,another was chili, cayenne and another garlic salt. they were all fantastic.

    Bobren wrote on July 16th, 2012
  28. how long did you let tham dehydrate?

    Judy wrote on August 13th, 2012
  29. Slice them thin on a mandolin, lay them out, sprinkle them with salt and let sit for an hour to “dry out”. Shallow fry in small batches in coconut oil or light olive oil for about 5 min. Remove and drain on paper towel and season while hot.

    Joel wrote on May 12th, 2013

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