Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time22 minutes

Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar are ideal for dipping in hummus or sprinkling over a salad. Easy to make and so much tastier than store-bought, your friends and family will love these healthy baked chips.

Dipping baked pita chips with za’atar in hummus.

I wouldn’t be surprised if hummus runs through my veins. It was the first Middle Eastern recipe I learned from my Great Aunt Vieve when I was a little girl, and continues to remind me of her to this day. My favorite thing to pair with hummus is pita chips, and my Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar are not only delicious, but so easy to make. Great as a snack or appetizer, you’ll make them again and again!

Ingredients

  • Pita bread: Commonly found in the Middle East, it naturally forms an air pocket in the middle, which makes for delicious, crispy, layered chips.
  • Olive oil: Heart healthy oil that helps get the pita chips nice and crisp and makes the seasoning stick.
  • Za’atar: A common Middle Eastern spice blend made from thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, and more. It has a smoky, earthy flavor.
  • Salt and pepper: Salt enhances the natural flavors of the other ingredients, and pepper adds a bit of heat. Toss in some cayenne if you like even more of a kick!

How to Make Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar

Liz cutting pita bread

Start your Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar by taking your pita bread and cutting them into triangles. They can vary in size, and you can keep going until you get to the size of your liking.

Drizzling pita with olive oil

After your pita bread is all cut up, put the pieces in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Toss so they’re all a bit coated before seasoning.

Sprinkling pita with salt

Then season your pita bread pieces with the za’atar, salt, and pepper.

Tossing pita chips in seasoning

Then give the pita bread a good toss to make sure everything is evenly coated. You could use a spoon, but I find that my hands are the best tool for this job.

Lay pita chips out on a baking sheet

Once evenly coated, lay out your pita triangles in a single layer on two prepared baking sheets.

Putting pita chips in oven

Then bake in the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes.

Baked pita chips with za’atar and hummus.

Once pita chips are baked to your liking for the perfect crunch, remove from the oven and let cool. Then serve with your favorite dip, and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do you dip pita chips in?

My favorite things are classic hummus, garlic hummus, and my Greek tzatziki sauce.

Are pita chips healthy?

Store bought pita chips can still have a lot of unnecessary additives and not be any healthier than other chips. However homemade pita chips have significantly less fat and sodium, making them a healthier option for sure!

How do I store homemade pita chips?

Kept in an airtight container, baked pita chips will keep for up to a week at room temperature. Just keep them in your pantry!

Baked pita chips with za’atar.

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Liz eating baked pita chips with za’atar.

These baked pita chips are a method more than a specific recipe, so feel free to swap out za’atar with any of your favorite spices such as smoked paprika, cumin, or garlic powder. You could even go the sweet route and try cinnamon and sugar, and dip it in a fruit salsa. Yum!

No fork required.

Dipping baked pita chips with zaatar in hummus

Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar

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Ideal for dipping in hummus or sprinkling over a salad. Easy to make and so much tastier than store-bought, your friends and family will love these healthy baked chips.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 12 minutes
TOTAL: 22 minutes
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Servings8

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Ingredients
 

  • 4 pieces large pita bread (white or whole wheat)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons za’atar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or cayenne for heat

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with foil. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut the pita bread in half and then in half again. Continue doing this until you have chip-sized pieces (small triangles).
  • Place the pita triangles in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil then sprinkle with za'atar, salt and pepper. Toss well until pita is evenly coated.
  • Spread pita in an even layer amongst both baking sheets and bake until golden brown and crispy, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 28.8gProtein: 5.3gFat: 7.2gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 711mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 0g

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41 responses to “Baked Pita Chips with Za’atar”

  1. Jenny Avatar
    Jenny

    I can’t get enough of these!! They are one of my favorite appetizers! Super crisp & delicious!

  2. TerryH Avatar
    TerryH

    This recipe is so simple, but so awesome at the same time! I found a new middle eastern market that just opened up near me and bought some fresh pita bread this morning. I followed your recipe as written, but I used my air fryer oven instead and they turned out incredible!! The spice mixture was spot on and I think it made a difference using this bread over what you normally find at the supermarket….reminds me of what my grandmother made. Can’t wait to serve this tonight with homemade hummus!! Thank you!!

  3. Linda Avatar
    Linda

    Do you use pocket pitas for this? Or the thinner ones? Looking forward to making these! Love your recipes!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      EITHER works!! Great question!

  4. Merissa Avatar
    Merissa

    Touche. Solid arguments. Keep upp the great work.

  5. Ali | Gimme Some Oven Avatar
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    I’m officially obsessed. SOOOOOOO GOOD!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Woohoo!!! I’m so glad you liked them!!!!! xoxo

    2. Kristina Abramovich Avatar
      Kristina Abramovich

      Hi,

      Just a quick question I tried this Lebanese dish once it had cooked beef small pieces topped with pine nuts, and mint or parsley. Then you take pita chips and dip it into the dish. It was at a party so it was a shareable dish is there a name for this dish?

      1. Kristina Abramovich Avatar
        Kristina Abramovich

        Thank You yes it was this and it was so good.

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          So glad you enjoyed!

  6. Laurie {Simply Scratch} Avatar
    Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    I will be craving these until I make them! YUM!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Did you make them yet? ?:)

  7. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    I could eat hummus all day every day, but it’s not as good without a fun pita chip to dip in it! Love that these are smothered in za’atar…one of my favorite spice blends!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Three cheers to all-day hummus eating!

  8. katherines corner Avatar
    katherines corner

    oh my goodness I am making this!!!! I invite you to share this yumminess at my hop too. Hugs

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you like them!!

  9. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg Avatar
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    Now I’m craving zataar.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      hhaha!

  10. ATasteOfMadness Avatar
    ATasteOfMadness

    I have always wanted to try to make pita chips, but for some reason it has never happened. Even though they are so simple, I really have no excuse. Yours looks great!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Once you do it, you’ll be hooked!

  11. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    Liz, I’m so glad to see you posting this. Pitas toasted with olive oil and za’atar have long been one of my very favorite snacks. So simple, so tasty. I hope many people will discover the delights of za’atar here.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Enjoy Susan!! So glad to hear!

  12. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes Avatar
    Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    I grew up with an appreciation for middle eastern food too. Though I only found out about Za’atar in the last few years. I love it now. We have it on roast chicken and vegetables all the time. I love that it is savory, sour and not too hot for the kiddos.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I haven’t roasted a chicken with it although we use it on grilled all the time! Great idea!

  13. Karen (Back Road Journal) Avatar
    Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Hummus and pita chips…I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this appetizer. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You and me both. ;)

  14. julia Avatar
    julia

    National Hummus day–count me in!! I love these pita chips–za’atar is one of my favorite things to use to spice up salads & pita chips! These would make hummus that much better.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I knew you’d like this holiday!

  15. Michelle Lahey Avatar
    Michelle Lahey

    National Hummus Day is a holiday I am totally down to celebrate! ;) I love dipping pita chips in hummus, but I’m also a big fan of just using fresh, unbaked pita.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes I love fresh pita too!

  16. Sadye Avatar
    Sadye

    For me, nothing beats the warm pita bread you’ll get at a restaurant. I look forward to testing these, though, to see how they stack up!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh man there is NOTHING better than warm pita!!

  17. Ashley M. | Our Full Table Avatar
    Ashley M. | Our Full Table

    I’ve never made my own hummas but I may have to try since it can be pretty spendy sometimes,

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I love making my own but we go through so much that I also like a stash of Sabra in the fridge for insurance – hahaha. Let me know if you try these!

  18. Jenna Avatar
    Jenna

    These look insanely good. Full of flavor!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Jenna!

  19. Erin | The Law Student's Wife Avatar
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    We are hummus fiends in this household! Love the idea of making my own healthy version of pita chips with the sassy spice.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Sassy is my favorite word!! :)

  20. Chelsea @ A Duck's Oven Avatar
    Chelsea @ A Duck’s Oven

    Yum! I love hummus and pita chips, too. There’s a Greek hole-in-the-wall in Portland that makes the best pita chips I’ve ever had, and I’ve thought about making my own to see if they’d be as good. I’ll have to finally give it a try :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh my goodness I’d love to try the Greek version!!!

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