Cool Ranch Southwest Kale Chips

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My daughter and son-in-law are obsessed with Southwestern Cool Ranch chips, which cost a king's ransom. I set out to find a recipe for them, minus the aforementioned king's ransom. I found some southwest ranch variations and some interesting ones, but neither was both, neither was what they wanted. Boldly going where no mother / mother-in-law had gone before, I made up something. After several attempts, it seems that I have succeeded. I got the basic idea from the ingredient list on the back of a bag of their favorite chips, experimenting with ingredients and proportions until they fit. Although any type of kale would probably be fine here, I've found that kale leaves work best. (Although these are fries, my family uses them instead of salad croutons.) —Louisez

  • 1 bunch

    kale, no ribs / stem removed, leaves torn to pieces

  • 4 tablespoons

    lemon juice

  • 4 tablespoons

    Nutritional yeast

  • 1 tablespoon

    sugar or agave

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup

    chopped fresh or 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 1 tsp

    dill leaves

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon


  • 1/2 teaspoon


  • 1/2 teaspoon

    coarse or sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon


  • 1/4 teaspoon

    chipotle powder or ground chili powder

  • 1 cup

    raw cashew nuts

  1. Soak cashews in hot water to cover for two hours. Drain. Put in the food processor with everything except the kale. Process until smooth (you may need to add a few tablespoons of water). Add to the kale in a large bowl, mix with your fingers to cover the leaves.

  2. Place in dehydrator trays (I use a Nesco dehydrator and also use perforated tray liners). Dehydrate at 115 ° C for 8-12 hours (it is impossible to give a precise time; you should check this as you go. It could take more or less time. You can also use a higher temperature if you want and adjust the time accordingly). Do not store until completely dry, such as chips and fresh.

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