Raw Jicama Chips

by Susan on August 17, 2013

Jicama Chips @ www.Rawmazing.com

It’s funny how things happen. I have been wracking my brain to come up with a recipe this week. I think I need a little vacation because I am suffering a bit of summer raw recipe development burn out. Which is crazy because summer is the best time to be eating raw food. Farmer’s markets are brimming over with beautiful produce, and even the big stores like Costco have a lot of local, organic goods coming in. Summer is a raw food party!

Thinking that I needed to do something with all of the tomatoes that my heirloom plants have been producing (not to mention the ton that came in the CSA box yesterday), I set out to do a heirloom guacamole. Did I mention I also have 8 avocados sitting on my counter?

Guacamole needs chips and honestly, I have done corn chips. I think there are at least 3 different varieties on the site. I wanted something new and fresh.

And there is was. A giant jicama, sitting in the fridge just staring me down. I grabbed it, peeled it, cut it in half and sliced it very thin with my favorite mandolin. You really should have one of these Benriner Mandolinein your kitchen. They are inexpensive, easy to use and do the job so well that I have seen them in the kitchens of many top restaurants. I kid you not.

I tossed the slices in some Bragg Liquid Amino (a taste like soy sauce but lighter and with much less sodium), sprinkled them with some smoked paprika and a tiny bit of Himalayan sea salt. In to the dehydrator they went. 18 hours later, I had a chip that was so good, it could replace my craving for potato chips.

They are crunchy, and delicious. Jicama tend to have a little sweetness and that sweetness combined with the salty, smoky seasoning put them over the top. Plus, no fat! Just make sure you leave them in long enough or they will be chewy not crunchy. 

You will have to wait a few days for the guacamole. I am too busy eating the chips. And then I will be going to the store to buy more jicama.

Raw Jicama Chips @ www.Rawmazing.com


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Carol August 17, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Bravo, Susan!! I am excited to try these. I just adore jicama. Today, my goal is to make a batch of beet chips. :) Your recipe for those is the bomb! Thank you!! 😀


Kathy August 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Is there an alternate way to make them without a dehydrator? I don’t have a dehydrator! Thanks


Mark Sylvester August 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Just in time. Susan, thanks. I was checking my email, got this post, and thought, hmm, I think I have all the ingredients on hand – even the smoky paprika… so, 12 minutes later, I have 3 trays of Jicama Chips in and they’ll be ready for Sunday snacking!


Helene August 17, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I’ll have to give those another try. I tried them a couple of weeks ago, just on a whim after tasting jicama for the first time and finding them very similar to potatoes but a little sweeter and juicier. After soaking and dehydrating them, I found that they had the closest texture to a potato chip that I’d come across (so far) but there was also some bits of the jicama chips that got extra crunchy or really hard to crunch down on. I thought it might have something to do with the jicama’s texture and then thought that maybe blending it first might get rid of those extra hard parts. Did you find that with yours? Or maybe I should have left them in longer?


Susan August 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Helene: I did not have that problem. I think it is quite essential that they are sliced VERY thin. I did not soak them, either. And you need to leave them in until they are very dry. :-)


Frieda Gelber August 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Where does one purchase organically grown jicama in the USA?


Susan August 18, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I would use google to find something in your area.


Faith August 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

hey, these sound great! never heard of someone dehydrating jicama! and I love chips, have to resist the fried ones in the store… I don’t have a dehydrator,,,,,but might try low temp baking them.


rainbow August 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

his susan, thanks for your recipes and inspirations. re the jicama chips, did you start them on a mat, or right on the dehydrator screen? i find thin things tend to get stuck if i don’t use the teflex or other mat for the first part. also, did you turn them after some while or leave them alone? thanks!


Susan August 18, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I just used a screen and did not turn them. :-)


Kristin September 5, 2013 at 6:45 am

Hi Susan,

Jicama chips, sounds delicious. Might be tasty too. I wonder you wrecked your mind for this, funny but amazing. True Susan, summer is a raw food party! And this Jicama chips going to make my day. Thank you :)


Linda October 12, 2013 at 1:16 am

Hmmmm, I have them in the dehydrator but was a little stumped with “tossing” them as they wanted to all stick together and in how much liquid ? Would spraying them with liquid aminos have worked as well? Cant wait as this is my first go with my new dehydrator !! 18 hours to go !! Thanks.


enith October 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Hi. this site has taken over my life. i spend hours just reading and learning about new ways to do things and new foods to try….just like the jicama. the problem is i live in sunny Jamaica where something i got in the UK i find it hard to get here. how can i get hold of jicama. Any suggestions anyone? Did i mention that i love this site? Well if i didn’t “i love this site.” Good job.


Dean Huscusson November 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

W#wait to try it sounds great please put me on yo
your e mail list thanks for all you do.


Susan November 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Hi, Dean, Thank you! Unfortunately, I can’t subscribe you to the email list…you have to do that. You can use the form in the upper right sidebar. Cheers!


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