Baked Halloween skull chips and salsa makes a perfect Halloween party food idea for adults and kids. Super fun to make, impressive yet easy Halloween appetizer!
YAY Halloween season!!!
How spooky are these crispy skull chips ?? Ok, that sounds creepy!
But, really?? I couldn’t contain my excitement when I was experimenting with these and so did my kids.
Kids of all ages will be impressed with this creative Halloween food idea.
Nothing fancy yet stunning.
This easy spooky snack for a Halloween party is
- No fuss
- Fun Halloween project for kids
- Great for make ahead
- Perfect for parties or pot lucks
- Healthy (try whole wheat tortillas)
- Kid friendly
Things you will need to make this Halloween skull chips and salsa –
- Skull cookie cutter, duh! ( I got mine at Michael’s or can be found at Amazon
- 3/4-inch round cutter ( I used the back of a Wilton 2A round piping tip). You will need the size of eyes to be proportionate to the skull face. So, anything you have around the house will work.
- 1 3/4- inch round fluted cookie cutter or a scalloped edged scissors.
- Red food coloring gel (optional) –
Now, let’s get down to the process of making an easy Halloween appetizer:
Step-1 – Cut skull shapes from tortillas. I was able to cut 4 skulls from each 7-inch tortilla (refer top – middle picture).
Step-2 – Punch holes for eyes (I used the back of a Wilton 2A round piping tip). You will need the size of eyes to be proportionate to the skull face. So, anything you have around the house will work (refer top-right picture).
Step-3 – Mouth can be cut two possible ways – Using a fluted round 1 3/4 inch cookie cutter or a scalloped edged scissors (You can easily find both at Michaels / Joann / Amazon) (refer both pictures below).
- If using a fluted cookie cutter ( My preferred method <— makes a lovely smily faced skull) – As shown in the picture below, press and cut only one side of the cookie cutter on the lower portion of face without going through the edges. A bit tricky, but you will get the hang of it.
- If using a scalloped edged scissors – As shown in the picture below, fold the lower mouth portion of skull and cut in an angle going upwards towards the edges (to make a smily face) without going through the edges.
- If you don’t have both then use a plain scissors or a knife to cut slits for mouth. I loved the ridges <— more realistic and creepy.
Step-4 – Place in a baking sheet, spray a thin coating of non-stick cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees F, until golden brown (refer pictures below).
Step-5 – Stir a dash of red food coloring into salsa, to make a bloody salsa. Spooky!!!
Serve Halloween Skull Chips and salsa for dipping.
Done and DONE.
Ain’t hard, right?
Check out this Halloween Clementine Witch and edible Broomstick <—- Part healthy Halloween snack idea for kids
Why are you gonna love these Halloween Skull Chips and Salsa ?
- Simple recipe. More of an idea!
- Easy to make
- So fun for your Halloween party or gathering
- Salsa turns bloody with just some food coloring
- Make ahead – Skull shapes can be baked, cooled and stored in a sealed air tight container for a day or two
Can you bake the Halloween skull chips ahead ?
Absolutely!!! The skull chips can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in an air tight container at room temperature.
What kind of salsa can I use to make the bloody salsa?
Use your favorite jarred salsa, refrigerated salsa from the grocery store or homemade salsa.
What kind of tortilla can be used to make this easy Halloween snack idea?
I used flour tortillas since it looks more realistic. Wheat / whole wheat / gluten free —> everything works.
More creative Halloween food ideas for adults and kids:
Halloween Clementine Witch and Edible Broomstick – Adorable, cute, fun Halloween clementine witch and edible broomstick will make a unique treat for all your neighborhood trick-or-treaters! Part healthy and part sugary treat is a win-win for both parents and kids. Fun to make and fun to eat Halloween food snack.
No Bake Brownie Mice – No bake vegan brownie mice might be the best healthy-ish, creepy-ish treat that you will make this Halloween season!
Owl Grilled Cheese – Spooktacular grilled cheese!!! Everyone’s favorite grilled cheese turned into a perfect Halloween sandwich.
Spicy Sesame Snake Breadsticks – Slightly creepy, fun, crispy, crunchy breadsticks, with a hint of spice!!!
Spooky skull tortilla chips
- 3 x 7-inch flour tortillas
- salt, if preferred
- store-bought or homemade salsa
- red food coloring (optional)
Make skull tortilla chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and set aside.
- Cut skull shapes from tortillas (I was able to cut 4 skulls from each 7-inch tortilla, but this depend on the size of your cookie cutter). Using the back end of the piping tip or any round cutter, make two holes for eyes. If using the fluted round cookie cutter (my preferred method), press and cut only one side of the cookie cutter on the lower portion of face without going through the edges. A bit tricky, but you will get the hang of it (refer picture above). If using the scalloped edge scissors, fold the lower mouth portion of skull and cut in an angle going upwards towards the edges (to make a smily face) without going through the edges (refer picture above).
- Place all skull shapes in a single layer in the prepared baking sheet. Spray a thin coating of non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle salt if preferred. Bake for 14-18 minutes, until golden brown, rotating pan halfway in between. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely. Spooky tortilla skull chips can be made up a day or two ahead and stored in a air tight container.
- Serve Spooky skull tortilla chips with your favorite salsa ( I stirred a dash of red gel coloring to make the salsa look more BLOODY)
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