Crispy Baked Beet Chips

You know the phrase “needle in a haystack”?  Do people still say this when they can’t find something?  I think it’s time we changed this up.  I mean, who has a haystack anymore?  Heck, people barely have needles nowadays, right?


I bought a needle this week to use in a beading project.  This is how I learned that the phrase “needle in a haystack” is out-of-date.  Really, the phrase should be “needle in a bed.”  Because, let me tell you, it is an urgent matter when you lose one in there.  Who cares if you lose your needle in a haystack?  Are you sleeping in the haystack?  No, you’re sleeping in the bed.  With the needle.

It’s been 24 hours and I still haven’t found it. I suppose this is why one should never work on a beading project in dim light just before going to sleep.  Live and learn.

Speaking of learning, I also learned an important lesson this week involving beets: they make dang good chips.

Have I caught your eye with kale chips before?  This is a similar tasty snack involving thin slices of beets baked in the oven.  They are so simple and incredibly delicious.

Start by slicing your beets very thin.  The thinner your beet is, the quicker it will cook and the crispier it will be.  For this recipe I tried using a vegetable peeler, slicing by hand, and using a mandoline slicer.  A vegetable peeler didn’t work too well (since my beets were small) and slicing them by hand didn’t yield a uniform width so some batches had to be cooked longer than others (which was just plain frustrating). The winner was definitely using a mandoline slicer and if you have one on-hand, you should absolutely pull it out!

Once your beets are sliced, toss them with a little oil and then lay them flat on a baking sheet.  After 10 – 20 minutes (depending on how thin your slices are), you’ll have crispy little bites of root vegetable goodness.

Crispy Baked Beet Chips
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 6
  • 3 medium beets (or 6 small beets), sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • Sea salt to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss beets with oil and lay flat in a single-layer on a sheet pan (baking multiple batches if necessary).
  3. Bake for 10 - 20 minutes, until chips are crispy.
  4. Remove from oven and top with sea salt. Serve.
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  1. says

    I will definitely try this. I did make the Kale chips, but I wasn’t sure how to store them. I ended up covering them once they were cool with plastic wrap (and after I ate about half the batch) and the next day they were chewy (blah) Any suggestions on storing them (the beet chips too?)


    P.S. my 18 month,very picky, non-veggie eater ate 5 of the kale chips…”mmmm” and a smile is what he said. made my day, so thank you!

    • says

      From my experience, kale chips don’t store well so I usually eat them right after I make them. I ended up eating these ones right away too so I’m not sure how well they keep.
      I’m so glad your son is enjoying the kale chips! They’re such an easy way to get kids (even picky ones) to eat their veggies. Thanks for sharing, that made my day! :)

  2. says

    This is such a funny post! You’re right. It’s much more of an imperative to find a needle in a bed than a haystack any day… Unless you’re a horse. Then you really wouldn’t want to be eating food with needles in it. It would be Halloween 1980 all over again – when everyone was worried about needles in candy. But I digress. I love the idea for beet chips. Must try!

  3. Jess @ says

    You’re so right about the dangers of falling asleep or working in dim light in bed. I’ve done that before. Fortunately no injuries ensued, but not a good idea, non the less! I have not seen any golden beets this winter, so will definately keep my eye out. Thanks for a great idea! Roasted any vegetable makes them better :)

  4. perchprincess says

    I got a bunch of beets yesterday and cooked them all off in the oven. Do we think I could slice up a roasted beet and turn it into chips? Maybe I will just try…

  5. says

    The chips look VERY good. I’m going to try this recipe with some fresh beets from the garden tonight!

    On a side note. The “needle in a haystack” analogy isn’t about the ‘urgency’ in finding the needle, it’s about the ‘difficulty’ in finding the needle.
    Imagine a haystack (as they are still in my area of the country, Nevada) as a 2-3 story rectangular “structure”, some 100 feet long by 25 feet wide. Now toss a needle into it, and see how easy it would be to find it.

    Thus… you could use it like this:

    Trying to find a good Beet Chips recipe on the internet is like trying to find a needle in a haystack! 😉

    (It wouldn’t let me edit, so I deleted and reposted, to add this)

    In no way did I mean the above example as a slight against this recipe. It’s just that many “chips” recipe want you to fry the chips. This recipe is done with baking and as such, I’d call it a good recipe!

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