Kale chips are a perfect vehicle for any of your favorite spices. Curry, cumin, cinnamon, thyme, and rosemary will all work to give your next batch a unique flavor. My personal favorite spice mix for kale chips is this blend of smoked paprika, cumin, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. It's smoky, spicy, and absolutely addictive. —Gena Hamshaw
large bunch curly kale, stems removed, leaves washed, dried thoroughly, and torn into bite-sized pieces
2 to 3 tablespoons
crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher or coarse salt
In This Recipe
Preheat the oven to 275° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Put the kale in a large bowl and drizzle it with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Massage the kale until evenly coated. Add more oil as needed so that all of the pieces are well coated. Spread the kale pieces in a single layer on the baking sheets and season generously with salt and crushed red pepper.
Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate the pans. Bake for about 10 minutes longer, until crispy but not burning. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.