Seriously, what do you do with beets?

I had no idea.  The only two encounters I have ever had with beets are chips and pickled beets.

I know there are plenty of great recipes with beets but for my first beets of the season- I went with what I knew: chips.  I mean, how can you go wrong with homemade chips?

The answer is you can’t.  You really can’t.

I am actually surprised any of these chips made it to be photographed.  The second they came out of the oven I started popping chips into my mouth and it became like the Pringle’s saying, “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop…”  I just kept eating and eating- I didn’t want to stop.  Luckily for me, I didn’t make a big batch but still… who knew I would love beets so much?

Plus the chips are so much more colorful than a plain ‘ole potato chip!


Baked Beet Chips

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2


  • 3-4 medium beets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 325˚.
  2. Peel the beets with a vegetable peeler and with either a mandolin or a sharp knife, slice the beets as thin as you can (the thinner- the better.) Lay beet slices in a single layer on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Brush olive oil over slices and sprinkle with salt/pepper.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes (time will vary based on how thin you sliced- start checking after 25 minutes and go from there.) The chips should be reduced in size and crispy. Remove from oven and let sit on the tray for 10 minutes to let cool.
  4. (I sliced by hand and unfortunately didn’t slice evenly so I had to remove some chips from the tray and finish baking the rest so that the thinner ones did not burn…)