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.

4 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!


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