Spicy BBQ Kale Chips

Spicy BBQ Kale Chips

Dehydrated spicy kale chips on a metal tray on white wood

 

How Do You Make Kale Chips?

Kale chips are a raw food classic that got really popular a few years ago.

If you’re in the UK, you’d be more likely to think of them as kale crisps. ‘Chips’ in a US word that seems to have stuck over here in the UK.

Whatever you want to call them, they are delicious, moreish and really easy to make. They’ll also last for at least a week in a sealed container. Unlikely you’ll avoid eating them in a week though. It’s not unheard of for me to eat half the batch out of the dehydrator. I’ll keep telling myself I’m testing to see if they’re ready and before I know it, half are gone!

So how to make them? Curly kale is best. You’ll wash your kale, remove the big stems and tear the kale into bite sized chunks, allowing for shrinkage during drying. Then you’ll make a kale chip sauce, which is more often than not a cashew based sauce. I do love those, but I also wanted to make something nut-free. So this kale chip recipe uses a base of sundried tomatoes and dates.

Kale Chips Recipe for Your Dehydrator

This recipe is for making kale chips in a dehydrator, but you can also make kale chips in an oven.  Doing them in a dehydrator will make sure they don’t go over 115 degrees F, which is the temperature the most delicate enzymes get destroyed, but not everyone has a dehydrator, so doing them in an oven on a low temp is a good option to get started.

I always recommend Excalibur dehydrators (click here for all my kit recommendations), but the good news is that kale chips are very forgiving in even cheaper dehydrators, so you can work with whatever you have.

Crispy & Spicy Kale Chips

This recipe for spicy kale chips will give you a whole tray of beautifully crispy and spicy kale chips for snacking on.  As I mentioned, they are very moreish, so you might have to ration yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

They’re great for taking out on the road with you.  They’re also great for lunches, and go wonderfully with some raw sandwiches.

 

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Spicy BBQ Kale Chips

A crispy kale chip recipe for your dehydrator. Nut-free and totally delicious. Great as a snack to take out with your, or to go along with your raw sandwiches for lunch.
Servings4

Nutrition (For one serving)

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 9gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 849mgPotassium: 1511mgFiber: 7gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 5545IUVitamin C: 70.3mgCalcium: 140mgIron: 4.7mg

Ingredients

  • 7 ozs curly kale torn and stalks removed
  • 2 chipotle chilies soaked
  • 1/2 cup water use soak water from chipotle chillis for more flavour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbs tamari
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1 cup medjool dates
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients except kale in a high-speed blender until smooth.
  • Thoroughly combine the kale and sauce in a bowl until all the kale is coated.
  • Evenly scatter the kale on a nonstick dehydrator sheet in a way that will allow air to circulate around it.
  • Dehydrate at 115 degrees F for around 12 hours. If you're in a particularly moist climate, you may need to dry slightly longer.

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93 Comments

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  4. Shela
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    Posted

    This recipe ought to have more comments than any of them! It’s better than Tim Ferriss’ kale chip recipe. Thank you, Russell.

    • Russell James
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      Posted

      Thanks, Shela.

      Actually, we just had a blog redesign and we’re waiting for all the blog comments to be moved over too, so there should and will be more comments here, when that’s complete ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Rebecca
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    Posted

    I’ve tried other kale chip recipes and this is by far my favourite! Even my non-vegan friends request them! Thanks so much, Russel!

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  7. Mike
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    Posted

    Hi Russel – Do you think these would keep long-term if I stored them properly? I’m growing cool-weather crops in my garden early in the year in places where my tomatoes and peppers and such will eventually go, so I can’t stagger the harvest at all – it all has to be ready for harvest before I need the space for the new crops. I wasn’t planning on growing kale but if I could do something like this to preserve it that would be fantastic!

    • Russell James
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      Posted

      Depends what you mean by ‘long-term’. The problem you’ve got is that you’ve got fresh ingredients in there, albeit dried.

      It would definitely be worth looking into in your case. I would research the individual ingredients’ storage when dry and go from there.

  8. Alicia
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    Posted

    Hi, Russell,

    If my kale chips become rather soft (chewy rather than crisp) the second day, does that mean I did not dehydrate them enough, even though they were initially crisp? I am new to dehydrating. They seemed crisp after about 6 hours, but were quite a bit softer the next day. Thank you for your time.

    • Russell James
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      Posted

      Hi Alicia, no 6 hours isn’t long enough ๐Ÿ™‚ As I mentioned in the video and recipe, 10 to 12 hours on a non-stick tray and then take them off the tray and dehydrate up to 24 hours in total.

  9. Jen
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    Posted

    Russell, on the video you show onion powder, but I don’t see it listed on the recipe. Also, there is a discrepancy between dehydration temps in the video and on the recipe.
    Thanks.

  10. Erika from IL
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    Posted

    I just made these today–in the dehydrator as we speak–and of course, true to your word, I can’t stop sneaking a bite every time I walk by! Yum! I love the gentle “kick” of the chipotle peppers and the sweetness from the dates. Hope my kids like them too. Taking them to the fair with us, along with apple chips, tomorrow so we don’t have to hunt down decent food while we are there. It is a sad state when we go to a fair celebrating farm life and we have to bring our own snacks! Thank goodness for you and your recipes!

  11. Lutishia Lovely, southern CA
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    Posted

    Wow, Russell! I didn’t even watch the video…just got the basic idea from looking at the ingredients you listed. Didn’t have dates so used agave. Even before dehydrating, the freshly coated kale is DELISH!!! Ten hours can’t go by fast enough. Bookmarked your page and will now be looking for more of your ideas. Thanks, bunches!

  12. Philip M
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    Posted

    Hello Russell from Melbourne Australia.
    We have just completed our first batch of Spicy BBQ Kale Chips and can’t begin to tell you how much we enjoyed them. Our first batch didn’t make it to the movies.
    Fabulous flavour and texture, thanks so much.
    Cheers, Philip

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  14. Susan
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    OMG – I made these – they are easy and delicious and they melt in your mouth! All of my friends were in agreement – they literally inhaled them! I made 6 bunches of kale! They disappeared so quickly I think tomorrow I am going to make them again but as crackers with some soaked flax seeds and some sunflower seeds and more spices to see if I can keep them around just a little bit longer!

  15. ampfrances
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    Yay to tasty kale chips without nuts! My son is deathly allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, so we have to skip over so many delicious recipes. I’m looking forward to trying something other than salt and vinegar kale chips! Thank you!

  16. Elisgram
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    Posted

    I can’t thank you enough for your video instructions I currently have a batch of Kale Chips in my new dehydrator.ย  I can’t wait until they are ready.

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  19. Oldma
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    I pulled these out of the dehydrator after forgetting they were in there for a couple of days. ย Crispy light, delicious! ย We took them with us on our errands, and passed them out. Folks loved them! ย They asked where we got them, and we said “Russel James Raw Kale Chips!” ย Today I am making the chocolate ones. ย Thank you for such a great goto recipe! ย The barbeque base for this is wonderful, and I am thinking of other ways to use it-so tasty.

  20. Nirinjan621
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    Posted

    Just made a batch of these. Awesome recipe- but I got a hold of some incredibly hot chipotles and didn’t know it. I love hot and spicy food but I think just one would have sufficed. I’m going to make a double batch in the next day or so and will add the chipotles one at a time and test for flavor. Thanks for the recipe, Russell!

  21. Iammissamerica
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    Posted

    These are so yummy!!! Even my carnivore husband likes these! He’s the type that the only veggies he likes are the ones that are fried next to a steak! I have already went shopping to make a 2nd batch- a double this time! I can’t tell you how much your site has been an encouragement to me. Pretty sure I’ll be getting the e-books soon!

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  23. Melissa
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    Posted

    My 21 month old loves these!ย  What a great way to give kale to our little guy!ย  They are addictive!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. gillcooke
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    Posted

    looking forward to making my first batch of Kale Chips – I just love savoury crispy snacks and these are going to be really helpful for me to avoid potato crisps and fried tacos or nuts.

  27. Don
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    Posted

    Russell,
    The chips were awesome everyone who has tried them loved them Best way to eat raw Kale yet! …………………..but the recipe calls for a cup of dates that is about $5 worth in a bag of chips. Is there any other subsitute or how far can I cut back on the dates.
    Thanks,
    Don

  28. Martha Sews
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    Posted

    I would agree,Russell, that there has to be something wrong with someone that does not like your food!! Fun and so yummy sounding. I am starting them tonight!

  29. Polly
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    Posted

    Made me laugh…you clearly had too much maca or something when you filmed this! Laughing at your own jokes and the fact that you're a bit hyper mid-video..love it.

  30. Asiableu9
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    Posted

    Sounds like a yummy recipe. So many that I have seen are nut based. I am glad this one is different. I will be trying this. Thank you!

  31. Earthlove
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    Posted

    Russell, you are THE BEST!!! I love the way you were playful and informal in this video. And I hope you did not eat all of them before the cinema or else you are not a keeper!!! lol
    P.S. I will just be making this recipe with regular chiles …. unless you show us how to smoke them? hehe

    • silke
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      Posted

      chipotle is unique hot peppers. Embasa makes a canned version, comes from mexico, it is sold all over the place where i live. If you have no luck where you are, I dont mind sending you some. a little will go a very very long way.

  32. ambercat_13
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    Posted

    I finally ordered a dehydrator today and this will be the first thing I make along with your buckwheat bread! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the wonderful recipes.

    • lovemyveggies12
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      Posted

      The seeds are taken out to lessen the heat value of the recipe. Organic kale is more nutritious than conventional. I would even say they are more nutrient dense.

    • neta
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      Posted

      Can you grow any greens where you are? We've been growing organic kale for 20 years. We can send you some seed if you'd like to try it. It is a winter vegetable but we manage to grow it through most of the summer. In the 'outback' it would do better in the shade in summer. We are in SE Qld.

  33. Jackie Cresswell
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    Posted

    Looks great, I'm going to make this. Where do you buy your chipotle chilis? I've made kale chips before with a nutritional yeast sauce and even my children liked it so they will like this also.

  34. Angela_bonham
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    Posted

    Dear Russell,

    It's so good to see you going from strength to strength. Have enjoyed your work (and your yummy dishes!) since those very first dinner parties, at Karen Knowler's. Great to see you so successful.

    Kind regards
    Angela Bonham
    (now back in Melbourne, Australia)

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