Za'atar Pita Chips

Za'atar Pita Chips on a platter

The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 36 chips
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
541 Calories
37g Fat
45g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 541
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 459mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 105mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Za'atar refers to a blend of Middle Eastern spices that bring out some unique flavors and textures. For instance, the blend usually contains sumac, which is a strong acidic spice that packs a punch to the taste buds. It is also the very element that will keep you eating more! There are also some herbs such as fresh thyme. To add a little crunch, there are also white sesame seeds found in this blend. This is why it makes the perfect mixture as a seasoning or dip!

Here we make our very own pita chips. Pita chips are so easy to prepare and can make a healthy snack, too. Delicious on their own, za'atar pita chips is especially good with Middle Eastern dips like muhammara or hummus. There are no set measurements for the olive oil or za'atar, so you can vary the chips to taste.

The great thing about these three ingredients is that if you don't have the time to bake the pita bread into chips you can eat these as a dip. Simply have a small dipping bowl or dipping plate of olive oil and another dipping plate for za'atar. Then simply cut the pita bread into slices, dip first in the olive oil and then into the za'atar mixture and enjoy! 

Although, if you have the time to make the chips, we highly recommend you do so! 


  • 6 pita breads (whole wheat or plain)

  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or as needed

  • 1 tablespoon za'atar, or to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Za'atar Pita Chips ingredients in bowls

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  2. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line one large or two medium baking sheets with foil.

    Aluminum foil lined baking sheet

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  3. Stack the pita bread on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut the pitas into 6 even wedges. Gently open each wedge, and separate at the attached end, so that you get two pita triangles from each wedge. (You can also slice through the attached end with a sharp knife if you'd prefer.)

    Pita bread cut into pieces and separated in half

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  4. Spread the pita triangles, inside (textured side) up, in a single layer on the baking sheet(s).

    Pita pieces on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet

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  5. Drizzle or brush the pita triangles lightly with the olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with the za'atar.

    Pita pieces drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled liberally with the za'ata

    The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

  6. Place the baking sheets into the preheated oven for about 5 minutes, or until the pita chips begin to turn crisp and lightly brown. (Watch the chips carefully if you leave them in longer—they can go from toasty to burnt in an instant.)

    Za'atar Pita Chips on a baking sheet

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  7. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and place on racks to cool. (The chips will get crunchier as they cool). Serve slightly warm or at room temperature with dips or soft cheeses.

    Za'atar Pita Chips on a white platter

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  • Chips may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.