Southwestern Kale Chips

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Southwestern Kale Chips

A snack worthy of your tastebuds, these kale chips are healthy and yummy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Keto, Quick and Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 88kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 kale bunch 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.


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 30mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3

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20 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.

    • Linda  May 21, 2017

      When I make this I use garlic powder, olive oil & sprinkle lightly with grated Parmesan cheese. My skeptical brother even enjoyed munching on these ?

  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

  4. Victoria  April 30, 2017

    do you bake or broil the kale leaves? (my broil option is broken on my oven)

    • Nichole Furlong  April 30, 2017

      Hi Victoria, the kale leaves are baked at 275 degrees!

  5. Rachel  September 25, 2017

    Can you use frozen kale?

  6. hazel  November 2, 2017

    cooking time needs to be half as burn easly

    • Jennifer Hanford  November 2, 2017

      Yes, and it’s true that every oven is different when it comes to cooking temperatures and times.

  7. Kimber  September 16, 2018

    We make ours in a air fryer

  8. Annie  October 25, 2018

    Very tasty. Just made it and ate the whole thing. I was a little lazy though. I had kale in a bag and didn’t have chili powder. It came out great! After 10 minutes I tried turning the kale over but mostly stirred it around. It still had a nice crunch to it. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Gale Compton  October 26, 2018

      Annie, Thank you so much for the feedback. So happy you enjoyed the chips. 🙂

  9. Sierra  July 7, 2020

    hi, is this 275 degrees celsius or fahrenheit

  10. Sharon  September 8, 2020

    Any approximate weight for the bunch of kale? All I can find is a giant bag so don’t know if that’s too much for one recipe?

    • Gale Compton  September 9, 2020

      Sharon, It’s depends on how much you want to make.


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