Pita chips are a crowd pleaser—add them to a dip platter and watch them get devoured. You can pair these air fryer pita chips with homemade dip and veggies to really impress guests, or keep things simple and serve them on their own or with store-bought hummus. Either way, everyone will be impressed that you made these delicious, seasoned pita chips from scratch!
The air fryer gets these pita chips crispy and golden brown with very little oil. And, seasoning them with a few pantry spices really enhances their flavor. Since these pita chips are so fast to make, we usually make them when guests are already over. Although if you're an organized person, you can definitely make them in advance.
Ingredients (and substitutes)
This recipe features our go-to blend of spices for pita chips. These pantry spices add flavor, while still being versatile so the pita chips go with almost anything:
- Dried oregano: To "wake up" dried oregano, crush it between your fingertips as you add it to the bowl. This helps release some of the oils for more flavor. In a pinch, you could substitute the dried oregano with Italian seasoning.
- Smoked paprika: The most common smoked paprika (and what you do want to use here) is smoked sweet paprika. It's often packaged in a metal tin. We highly recommend you keep some in your pantry because it can be used to flavor pasta bakes, aioli, cauliflower steaks, soup, and so much more!
- Garlic powder: If you don't have any, just double up on onion powder.
- Onion powder: If you don't have any, just double up on garlic powder.
How to make (step-by-step photos)
These homemade pita chips are simple to make! All you need to do is season them in a bowl and bake them. We tear the pita into rough bite-sized pieces (it's fast and doesn't dirty the cutting board), but if you prefer, you could use a knife to cut them instead.
Here's how to make air fryer pita chips:
These crispy air fryer pita chips are delicious served with dip, including:
In addition, you could crumble pita chips over salads and other veggie bowls for a bit of crunch. They'd pair well with any of these salad recipes:
- Roasted Beet Salad with Labneh (use the pita to scoop up extra labneh)
- Curry Lentil Salad (crumble the pita chips over top, for texture)
- Pea and Pesto Spinach Salad (forget croutons, use pita chips instead!)
- Curry Apple Salad with Spiced Chickpeas (add them to the salad for texture)
Air Fryer Pita Chips
- 3 pitas (about 6-inches/15 cm, see note 1)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano (see note 2)
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt (more to taste)
- Prep pita: Tear the pitas into bite-sized pieces (about 1.5 inches/4 cm) and add them to a large bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss to coat.
- Season pita: Sprinkle the spices (oregano, smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder) and salt over the pita chips. Toss well to coat.
- Bake pita: Spread the seasoned pita chips in an air fryer basket. Bake in an air fryer at 350°F (177°C) for 5 minutes (no need to preheat). Shake the basket and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown. Taste and season the hot pita chips with more salt if needed.
- Pita: You can use regular or whole grain pita. Choose gluten-free if needed.
- Dried oregano tip: Crush the dried oregano between your fingertips as you add it to the bowl. This helps "wake up" the dried herb, by releasing some of the oil and enhancing the flavor.
- Serving suggestions: These homemade pita chips can be paired with dip (such as Greek Yogurt Onion Dip, Creamy White Bean Dip, or Vegan Tzatziki) and veggies. Pita chips are also a great addition to salads—crumble them on top for texture and crunch.
- Storage tips: These pita chips are best enjoyed day-of, but you can store extras in an airtight container or freezer bag for 1 to 2 days.