Southwestern Kale Chips

Here’s a snack that’s yummy, skinny and ultra healthy. Take a bag full the next time your go to the movies and avoid the extra calories.  For more movie treats, check out 5 Snacks to Munch at the Movies.

Southwestern Kale Chips

Southwestern Kale Chips

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 88 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Sodium: 30 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars:1 g | Protein: 2 g | SmartPoints: 3 |


  • 1 bunch kale, rinse and thoroughly dry, remove center stem and discard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar


Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Cut or tear kale leaves and into 1 1/2" to 2" inch pieces. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, except kale. Add kale pieces and toss to coat both sides. It's easier to use your hands rather than a spoon.

Lay kale pieces individually on a large cookie sheet, turn the leaves over after 10 minutes. Bake until pieces are crispy, approximately 20 minutes.

Remove chips, spread on a paper towel and cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

6 Comments on "Southwestern Kale Chips"

  1. Cindy  May 28, 2014

    I would like to try this but not a big fan of these spices. Could you just omit all the hot spices and do a salt and vinegar version?

    • SkinnyMs  May 30, 2014

      Sure, you can Cindy.

  2. SmartPoint  August 25, 2016

    How do you calculate 142 calories for 1/4 of the recipe? Am I missing something? If Olive oil is about 120 calories in a Tablespoon and there are 2 tablespoons it doesn’t seem like it could be 5 SP for each serving. Sounds delicious. Thanks.

    • Kym Votruba  August 26, 2016

      Our nutritional data was off for this recipe. It’s been corrected now. Thanks for calling it to our attention!

  3. samya  March 14, 2017

    Which other vegetable should I substitute with kale as where I live we don’t get this vegetable


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