Raw Corn Chips and Tostada Shells

Sometimes you just feel like eating something crunchy… but without the guilt & that’s good for you too!  Pair these dehydrated corn chips with some guacamole or salsa and you have the perfect snack!

This recipe is a great alternative for anyone following or transitioning into a raw food lifestyle!  It contains organic corn, no oil and is a 100% raw (living) food recipe.

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Raw Corn Chips and Tostada Shells

All ingredients I used in the video were Organic.


  • 5-7 Ears of Fresh Corn (ideally you’d like approx. 5 cups of kernels to work with)
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Flax Meal (you can make your own flax meal in the VitaMix using whole flax seeds)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 Cup Fresh Salsa (choose a fresh/raw salsa that does not contain vinegar)
  • Pinch of Sea Salt or other Seasonings to taste (just remember, that flavors concentrate in the Dehydrator, so use sparingly!)
  • 1/4 Tsp. Fresh Lemon or Lime Juice (if your salsa doesn’t  have it already)


  1. With a sharp serrated knife, cut kernels of corn off of the cob – then place all kernels into the VitaMix.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into the VitaMix
  3. Using your tamper, blend all ingredients on ‘High’ in the VitaMix for approx. 45 Seconds or until everything is well blended.
  4. Adjust liquid to flax ratio as needed to create a ‘gloopy’ mixture – one that is easily spreadable.  It’s better to have your mixture a little runny than too thick. Remember that flax meal will absorb moisture & thicken over time.
  5. Using an offset spatula spread mixture thinly on your lined Excalibur Dehydrator trays (I use the Paraflexx liners for the Excalibur, but you can also use some parchment paper instead.  If you’re making tostada shells, spread the mixture slightly thicker into 5″ rounds, so that they will not break under the weight of your toppings.
  6. Dehydrate at 125-135 degrees for 1 hour, then reduce heat to 115 degrees.
  7. When mixture is dry to the touch (approx. 4-6 hours), flip mixture and liners over onto the mesh screens and carefully remove the Non-Stick Sheets.
  8. Dehydrate for an additional hour, then cut into triangle ‘chip’ shapes and return to Dehydrator. (skip this step if you are making tostada shells)
  9. Continue dehydrating until chips/shells are completely done (approx 4-6 more hours) – which means that they will snap or break if you test them.
  10. When done, remove the chips/shells from the Dehydrator and store in airtight containers in the fridge until use.

Yields:  Approximately 6-8 cups of chips (4-5 dehydrator trays)

Preparation & Cooking Time: 30 Minutes Prep & 12-18 hours dehydrating time. (your dehydrating time may vary depending on humidity, temperature, mixture, etc…)

Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have!

~ Enjoy!


    • says

      LOL! I was just thinking about you! Pulled out my sewing machine this afternoon so I can try making one of those cool potholders from your tutorial today! =) Hopefully you’ll enjoy this recipe… my kids love them too! Thanks for the comment! God Bless! ~ Erika

  1. says

    Aaron and I are giving serious thought to going veggie or raw for a while. He has some concerns to iron out because he is a high endurance athlete, and his body can’t afford to lose any weight. Anyway, I love that I have your videos. Real food, not just drinks, that we can look to when we will need help on this future journey! I do wonder if you could do something that focuses on balancing a child’s diet this way. I am not sure if I have genuine concerns or peer pressure for not doing it.

    • says

      Thanks! Keep saving… the VitaMix is worth every penny! I had 2 garage sales to save up for mine and I’ve used it everyday since! God Bless! ~ Erika

  2. thejasmineification says

    wow I’ve been meaning to revamp my diet with healthy alternatives but they are HARD to find in comercial groceries and your right sooooo exspensive!! Ive seen dehydrator vids before but they were always just dehydrating full fat meals and meat and that never interested me much BUT YOURS :D wow not only are they apealing they’r impressive. I gotta get one!

    great vids! keep it up and God bless :)

  3. meesweetpea says

    Hi I made the chips last night and I used the brown flax seed instead. BLECH! left my stomach very acidic. BAD BAD BAD. What is the diff btw the brown flax seed and the golden?
    I have LOVED every thing else..

    • says

      Oh no! That’s a bummer! There’s a couple of things that might have contributed to the bad taste: 1) Rancid Flax Seeds (This happens very quickly if the seed/meal is old); 2) If there is Vinegar in your salsa; or 3) if your Corn isn’t fresh. I mad the mistake my first time and used salsa with Vinegar and they turned out gross. Oh, and there’s not much difference in Dark vs Golden except, I think that the Dark Seeds have a much stronger or ‘nuttier’ flavor. Hope that helps! =) God Bless! ~Erika

  4. meesweetpea says

    Thank you for the response. I have been bingeing on youtube for raw recipes. It is so much fun! to make up for the corn chip fiasco I may just have to make myself some ice cream! so there! I bought so Gold falx seeds. They re: the salsa i made my own just a lil tomato onion and cilatntro and jalepeno. I will try again but thatnk you for your response! it feels great. i work in TV and now I now what it feels like when someone from “tv” responds to me! weird. Thanks again.

  5. meesweetpea says

    thanks erica! I have another batch drying as I type.. fingerz crossed. I didn’t use salsa but put some tomates cilatro onion and a little bit of red jalepeno. I also switched to the gold flax seed I put in a little zuchinii for giggles… more will be revealed.

    thank you!

  6. meesweetpea says

    Yum!! Finally made a great batch!! had it with guac last night and maybe this morning! Stored the rest of the golden flax seed in freezer! :)

    Thank for your help!

    • says

      That’s great! So glad things turned out ok the second time around! =) I’m always surprised at how fast flax seed & meal will go rancid… it’s definitely ruined several of my recipes before. Your flax will keep fresh much longer in the freezer. Enjoy & God Bless! ~ Erika

  7. Jezebel1115 says

    I am on a 60 day juice fast, and would like to go raw in 15 days. While fasting I have been craving Fritos, and I am so happy that I found your video! Do you put beans on your tostadas? If yes, how do you prepare the beans? If no, what do you put on your tostadas? Peace<3

    • says

      That’s awesome! My husband is doing a juice fast right now too! Going raw after you’ve introduced soft fruits & veggies for a day or two is the best thing for your body. Since this recipe contains corn, be sure to use it sparingly that first 15 days while your body acclimates to eating whole food again. We do put cooked beans on top, but you could take them out and still do a raw veggie tostada that is equally delicious! God Bless! ~Erika

  8. dmr31 says

    I’m no way close to be a raw food person.. For years I keep peaking in on the world of raw veganism. God willing, one of these days I’m going to surprise myself and at least part of my daily intake will be raw/vegan. This recipe has really caught my eye and the raw taco meat that i’ve seen online and youtube as well.. Bless the hearts of those who lately have given me a better insight on raw foods than I have in the no so distant past.

    • says

      This was by far one of the best & most encouraging comments I have ever received! You are exactly the kind of person that I do these videos for… If we as a society, could just see the benefit of changing our diets to include more whole & raw food – and how delicious good food can be; then I think a lot more people would do it. Thank you so much for this comment! God Bless! ~Erika

  9. ti wagner says

    Can you tell us what kind of salsa you use? Most salsas I find do have vinegar. Do you simply make some fresh with your VM?

    • says

      It is very hard to find fresh (and even canned) salsa without Vinegar… If you don’t have any luck, just pop a combination of Tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers (to taste), salt, and cilantro into your Vita-Mix and blend until its at a consistency you like. Just remember, that flavors concentrate in the dehydrator, so don’t over do the salt or heat (unless you like it that way)! Hope that helps! God Bless! ~Erika

    • says

      Sesame Seed would be an awesome substitute for flax – and I think the taste can be better sometimes too! Thanks! God Bless! ~Erika

  10. AutumnRaiin says

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to get a dehydrator! Your vids are so inspiring and uplifting! Thank you =)

    • says

      Hi Judy!

      Absolutely! Just be sure to keep them at a low temp. If you find that they are cracking too much, then try making them slightly thicker and possibly adding a binder (such as a corn flour and perhaps a little olive oil) to the mix if need be. I actually think trying them in the oven sounds delish, since they will have a more cooked/toasted flavor to them. You will however, not be able to preserve all the nutrients, but homemade beats store bought in my book! =)

      Enjoy & God Bless!
      ~ Erika

  11. Erika May says

    for dmr31 I tried the “raw taco meat” and thought it was disgusting and I eat raw all the time. My problem is that I can’t really substitute all that well. What I found that did work though was instead using this made up taco meat was to use black beans, yeah it might not be raw but it’s not meat and it’s one step closer so if you find yourself in the same spot that I was at, you might want to give it a shot.

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