Raw Food Recipe – Corn Kale Chips w Chunky Guac

by Susan on November 13, 2010

When I was at the farmer’s market last week, I stumbled upon a grocery reseller who had tons of avocados for an amazingly low price. No…definitely not grown in Minnesota, but a great deal, none the less. I bought a bag and brought them home…dreaming of raw corn chips and guacamole. Well, it just so happens, that I also found some huge bunches of kale that were grown here, just picked and also at a price I couldn’t refuse. I love kale chips. I love corn chips. It didn’t take much to figure out that there were some corn kale chips in my future!

Combined with a fast to assemble, chunky guacamole, this is a perfect dish for snacking, entertaining, or even a meal! The kale gives the corn chips an additional nutritional punch. Coarse chopping the avocado and tossing it together with the tomato, onion, a little lime juice and some salt and pepper, the guacamole comes together fast.

Corn Kale Chips with Chunky Guacamole

Corn Kale Chips:

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen corn, separated
  • 2  packed cups kale, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic1
  • 1/2 lime, juice from
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • pinch Himalayan Salt
  1. Place 2 cups of corn, garlic, and lime juice  in food processor. Puree. Remove to large bowl.
  2. Place remaining 2 cups of corn in food processor and process until pureed. Add kale. Pulse until chopped fine and well combined. You may have to scrape down the sides of the processor a few times.
  3. Add corn kale mix to corn mix in large bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. Add ground flax and salt. Mix well.
  5. Spread 1/4 inch thick on non-stick dehydrator sheets and score. Dehydrate at 145 for 45 minutes. Turn down temperature to 115 and dehydrate until dry and crisp, approx 12 hours. You will want to flip them half way through the dehydration and move to a screen.

Chunky Guacamole:

  • 2-3 avocados, cubed
  • 2 tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 lime, juice from
  • Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste

1. Toss everything together in a bowl, stir to mix and serve!

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Jennifer and Jaclyn @ Sketch-free vegan November 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm

ooo those chips look like they’re actually nice and crispy! it’s times like these when I wish i had a dehydrator…


Eco Mama November 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm

These look great! Nice twist on the standard corn chips.
Eco Mama


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Those chips look great! I’ll be trying it out with my next batch of kale I get.


Noelle November 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm

This looks excellent! I really must get a dehydrator soon!


Brenda November 13, 2010 at 6:19 pm

These look fabulous! Is it juice from 2 limes or juice from 1/2 of a lime?


Susan November 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm

For the chips, 1/2 lime.


Roxanne November 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Thank you for another fantastic creation. I ordered your new calendar and it has really been an inspiration in my kitchen! My dehydrator has never been happier! :)


Carrie November 13, 2010 at 9:08 pm

These look wonderful. I can not wait to buy some kale this week so I can try them out.


crookedmoonmama November 14, 2010 at 10:07 am

oh yes, yes! I am def making these.


Catherine November 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

Can we do these in the oven since I don’t have a dehydrator. I’m not actually a raw foodie, but I would like to experiment a bit with it. Can’t the oven just be turned down really low and the chips dehydrate there? I’m really new to this, so it may be a dumb question. Sorry.


Susan November 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

No, not dumb! Actually quite common. You can…they would no longer be raw and you would really have to watch the time.


bitt November 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I like the addition of kale in there!


Sarah Mendenhall November 14, 2010 at 7:55 pm

oh yummy! my sister just made a batch of cheesy kale chips but I love this idea of mixing corn and kale :)


Ludia November 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm

What a great idea! Another use for that wonderful vegetable, the kale! I will definitely be making these when my current batch of the regular kale chips is eaten.


Rena November 15, 2010 at 8:17 am

YUM! I am very excited to try this for my upcoming annual “Girls’ Weekend”. They are going to love it!


Christiane November 15, 2010 at 10:32 am

I am loving this recipe already! What a great idea to combine the two, because I LOVE raw corn chips and kale chips. I see many many combinations for this in the future!


Seraphina November 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

Yummy! A dehydrator is definately on my Christmas wish list now!


Linda Buscemi November 16, 2010 at 9:43 am

I’m ordering a dehydrator today! Love your recipes!


Susan November 16, 2010 at 9:52 am

We sell them in the Rawmazing Store!!


Callie November 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

What a GREAT idea – I bet I could use kale pulp as well (which, would be an awesome way to use the stuff!) Thanks for sharing!


anna November 16, 2010 at 11:34 pm

yummy!!! yum! yum! excited to try something way new with kale


simonec November 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

these look really yummy!


Serena November 20, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Some great additions to the guacamole salad would be cilantro (lots of it), 1/2 – 1 jalapeno and a minced garlic clove. We just had it last night. It is a Mexican dish called Guacamole Casero and I figured it out because it is what I always want to eat at my favorite Mexican restaurant. You can leave the jalapeno out if you want. I substituted Ancho Grande pepper which is milder and it was really good. The jalapeno I put in last night was not very strong so it was great with it. The cilantro makes it along with the lime.


Sue Burley November 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’m not sure what I did wrong but these were quite tasteless and I added a lot more than a pinch of salt. Did you use fresh or frozen corn? Mine was frozen. I am disappointed because they look so good.


Susan November 22, 2010 at 10:02 am

These chips are not super spicy. I really enjoy the taste of the corn. You could add spices if you want but I prefer to keep them more pure so they don’t over power the guacamole.


Sue Burley November 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I think it was the frozen corn because I didn’t even get a taste of corn. Probably best to use fresh.


Susan November 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Sue, I have used frozen but it is very good, organic frozen. I wrote a post the other day about ingredients…being especially important in raw food because we are not doing the normal stuff we do to doctor up cooked food. :-)


Sue Burley November 27, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Ok – mine was just old Green Giant stuff – I will try with good frozen organic one day because I love kale and corn chips so these should be good!!


Soorya Kaur December 2, 2010 at 10:40 am

How do you score them so perfectly?


Susan December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am

Practice. I use a large knife. But be careful not to score your non-stick sheet.


Laura December 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

Man these look so good! I am originally from San Diego so grew up around a lot of Mexican food. Since going raw I have had to find substitutes for my beloved Mexican fare. Thank you very much!


Maddie January 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I loooved these chips! And this is the only guacamole I have had that I actually like!


heidi January 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I know they wouldn’t be raw, but could you bake them low heat if you don’t have a dehydrator?


Susan January 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

The problem with baking vs dehydrating is that dehydrators move a ton of air. So, I would not be sure what the consistency would be. Cheers!


myname April 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm

i just bought organic NO GMO corn which is hard to find…have only small amount so considering between corn kale chips and corn chips from guacamole recipe … susan, which one would you recommend to try first? thank you very much for your advice!


Christina July 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

Hi, just a question, I don’t have a dehydrator, what is the alternative?


Anna October 7, 2013 at 10:24 am

Thank you, Susan, for the great recipe! Made mine yesterday together with cheesy kale chips & both are so yummy!


kris January 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

I only have the round dehydrator, can you use that and baking paper?


RL May 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I made these. They were so very tasty. I made a couple of salsas (pico de gallo, and cucumber & mango salsa) and guacamole, and these chips were good with all of them.

But now I would like to make changes and explore the possibilities of the basic recipe, like I always do. I am thinking of changing the recipe from kale to spinach. What are your thoughts on that change?

(P.S. – About to do a batch to find out how it will turn out. I will update you.)


RL May 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

Update to the spinach version of this recipe… delicious. I substituted the same amount of spinach for kale in the recipe.


Irene July 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm

should I “cook” the corn first or put raw (straight off the cob) in the processor?


Susan July 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm

No cooking of the corn here! Cheers!


melissa August 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

How do you think it would taste to add nutritional yeast? Maybe kind of like a healthy Dorito? I didn’t have kale, but added a red pepper instead….I’m excited to see how that turns out…Also, how do you think it would taste to add a white or some green onions?


Susan August 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I would go ahead and try it. Couldn’t hurt… Cheers!


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