Dinosaur Chips and Dip

23 09 2011

We are delighting in all things Dino here at the Museum. Our new exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice opens on Saturday, September 24th! We knew that dinosaurs are dazzling, but we’ve even figured out a way to make them delicious too. Stomp into your kitchen like an Edmontosaurus with this recipe for Dino Chips and Dips!

Are you as hungry as a Hadrosaurus? Voracious as a Velociraptor? Learn how to make these delicious dinosaur chips and dip to go with your next meal.

Dinosaur Chips

To make these tasty dino-shaped chips, you’ll need dinosaur shaped cookie cutters.


  •  Large Flour Tortillas (we used some spinach tortillas)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt


1. Pre-heat the oven to 275 degrees F.

2. Put a tortilla flat on a large cutting board. Use the sharp side of the cookie cutter to press through the tortilla.

3. Cut out as many dinosaur shapes as will fit on a tortilla (you can save the scraps and make them into “dino bone” chips too!).

4. Lay all your dinos (and bone scraps) flat on a cookie sheet. Lightly spray or brush the tortilla pieces with olive oil and sprinkle them with a bit of sea salt.

5. Bake the chips for 12-15 minutes. Turn off the oven. Let the chips cool on a wire cooling rack and serve with your favorite dinosaur dip!

Guacamole Swamp Dip

After playing in the Bog Walk in the Dinsoaurs: Land of Fire and Ice exhibit, we were starving. We made this tasty swamp inspired dip to go with our Dinosaur Chips – it definitely tastes better than a prehistoric bog, we promise!


  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (we used some tasty cherry tomatoes)
  • salt
  • pepper


1. Cut open the avocado and scrape all the insides into a bowl. Squeeze in the juice of the lime, and add in the chili powder.

2. Mash the avocado, lime juice, and chili powder with the back of a fork.

3. Stir the chopped tomatoes into the mashed avocado,

4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with your favorite Dino Chips!

Follow this link for another Dino Dip recipe!

Black Bean Tar Pit Dip

This tasty and healthy Black Bean Dip is the perfect trap for an unsuspecting dino chip!


  • one 15oz can of whole black beans
  • 1 Tablespoon of the liquid from the black beans
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper

1. Open the can of beans and take out one tablespoon of the liquid that the beans are in. Put the tablespoon of liquid into a blender. Drain the beans and add them to the blender. Blend the beans with the cumin, chili powder, and the juice from one half of your lime. The dip should be thick and mostly smooth.

2. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can use more lime juice too, if you think it needs it. Stir everything together and serve with your favorite dino chips!




One response

26 09 2011

Sounds fun, but don’t use ordinary salt for this! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt and organic peppercorns from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I’ll have to try them out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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