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Cracked Pepper, Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips

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Cracked Pepper, Sour Cream  and Onion Kale Chips has some amazing flavors that really fool your taste buds.  You first get this amazing hint of sour cream, then you get a hit of onion, but then just when you think you have tasted it all…. the black pepper hits you!  I will be making these again and again and again!

I think a key to this recipe is to use fresh ground peppercorns!  If you don’t have them, don’t it, you can use regular black pepper.  But I encourage you to try them with some fresh ground pepper when you can.


  • 1 head of curly kale, organic
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 2 to 3 hours
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp black peppercorns (fresh ground)
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Wash and de-stem your kale.  Starting at the bottom of the kale, strip away all leaves leaving behind only the stems. Tear leaves into approximately 2- to 3-inch pieces.   Make sure you get as much excess water off of the kale as possible.  If you don’t it will make your sauce “soupy”.  Set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until creamy.
  3. In a large bowl pour your sauce over the kale and evenly coat.  Use your hands for this job.  It is easier and more fun!
  4. Place the kale on the non-stick Teflex sheets that come with your dehydrator.  Spread the pieces out.
  5. Dehydrate on 105 degrees for approx. 6-8 hrs or until dry.  I tend to pull mine out before it gets 100% dry because I like it a little chewy.
  6. Store in an airtight glass container and be ready to nibble non-stop till the last crumb is gone!

Here they are wet on the tray waiting to go into the dehydrator.

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36 thoughts on “Cracked Pepper, Sour Cream and Onion Kale Chips

  1. Lori says:

    THANK YOU for sharing! These looks so delicious and your photos are so amazing!!! I have been making cheesy kale chips for weeks now, but I was able to finally make a double batch and I think that will get us over the craving as I have a big bowl of them, so I plan on making these once the ones I have here are gone, but then…I may make them to have them on the side…will let you know. ☺

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Lori. I just got done sharing with my husband that kale chips are the hardest thing to photograph because of their shape and coloring. I am just a “point and shot” photographer and always cringe when I see my pictures of kale chips. haha So your words really encourage me. :) Go ahead and make them…it’s nice to have a variety on hand. hehe

      Many blessings, amie sue

  2. Nina says:

    I tried this today and it really is delicious! I would never have thought that cashews and lemon and vinegar would give a sour cream flavor. My 2.5 yr old son loves the “chips”.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Nina….they are addictive aren’t they? I am so tickled to hear that your son is enjoying them as well! Thank you for sharing. Blessings, amie sue

  3. Chrissy says:

    These are so so AMAZING !!! Just plain yum !!!!

  4. Amie-Sue!

    Ok, I finally managed my addiction to your “Mexican Cheese Kale Chips” and tried your pepper, sour cream, and onion kale chips today. Once again, WOW! You were right that freshly ground peppercorns make all of the difference. I had a peppercorn medley in my cabinet and I used that for this recipe. You are a genius woman!!! Thank you for making raw so yummy!


    • amie-sue says:

      haha Vanessa… I think the burning question is how did you manage your addiction? lol I could use some pointers. :) Thank you for sharing your outcome! It will be a further inspiration to all! Many blessings, amie sue

  5. Amie-Sue — admittedly, I went to 12-step. I had to admit I was powerless. I share my story to hopefully help others. It took courage, but there’s no shame in recovery lol! Ok, trying your chocolate cake recipe now.

  6. Ana says:

    Hello, just wanted to tell you this recipe rocks! I recently purchased a dehydrator and I made two batches of these. I took some to church, everyone is requesting some. I can’t keep up :)
    I’ve purchased the ingredients to make the cheesy ones next.
    We are taking a road trip next week and these will come with us. Thanks again. I love your webpage and I plan to try more recipes.

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Ana,
      I was so happy to hear that you shared these with your church and that they were well rec’d!! That is so awesome. I really appreciate you taking the time to share that with me. I have a strong feeling that you will love the cheesy ones as well. :) I haven’t met a kale chip that I haven’t liked yet. hehe Have a safe and fun road trip. amie sue

  7. Meagan says:

    Wow, these are a-maz-ing! Yet another fantastic recipe. Thank you for these incredible kale chips.

    • amie-sue says:

      I am excited to hear that you enjoyed these Meagan :) It’s almost hard to believe that a person is eating something good for them isn’t it? :)

  8. Judy says:

    Hello Amie Sue,

    I think I found my new favorite kale chip!!! I say *new* favorite because I LOVE them all!! This recipe is addicting!

    Thanks again for sharing recipes !!! HUGS, Judy

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Judy, I think I say that with each new kale recipe…it’s my favorite!! hehe So happy you love them! Thank you for sharing..hugs back :) amie sue

  9. maureen says:

    Hi Amie Sue, I love love love your website! I am almost raw (aim for 70-80%) and have just discovered your sour cream and onion kale chips. May i just say I am running out of places to hide them from my family! I wanted to make the BBQ variety but everytime I press on the link it takes me elsewhere. Could you please point me in the right direction……Also is tahini considered raw? drools, Maureen

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Maureen,

      Oh dear, let me go take a peek at the BBQ recipe link.. be right back…BAck, hmmm it is doing something very odd. I will need to further investigate this. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Happy to hear that the other kale chips disappear quickly, that is always a good sign. :) Tahini can be raw, just depends on the brand you buy. The jar will indicate if it is raw, just like you see what other nut butters. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

      UPDATE… 11:27pm…. all fixed Maureen! Shew, what a weird glitch. But you should be able to get to the BBQ recipe now. But the real problem is… where will you hide them!!!! mahahaha

  10. maureen says:

    Thank you. I cant wait to try them out for my girls. I had a question about the vanilla almond milk. Did you find it got bitter overnight in the fridge ? Could that be overcome by omitting the vanilla until just before drinking? Because it tastes fabulous fresh! It could also be that I don’t use filtered water, getting a filter today. Also any replacement for the irish moss you put in your breads? Thanks for all your recipes. My sisters and I are having so much fun with them ( the most fun is the tasting!…..:)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Maureen,

      I can’t say that I have experienced a bitter taste in the nut milk, the next day. If it appears that way for you, then add the vanilla right before serving as indicated. It might have been your water, hard to say. You can just omit the Irish moss in the bread. The purpose for it was partly texture and nutrition. Have a wonderful time taste testing. :)

  11. Joe D says:

    Thank you for this recipe. It was the first on I made when I got my new dehydrator. Amazing! Just one question… The chips just don’t seem to come out as crispy as I thought they would. I even left them in for 10 hours. Should I increase the temperature? Thank you again!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Joe,

      I wouldn’t increase the dehydrator temp for the fear of losing the “raw nutrients”. Have you allowed them to cool yet? Often times, foods can crisp up after cooling from being in the dehydrator. These won’t be crumbly crispy though due to the thick sauce and natural fats. How do they taste? Keep me posted, I am sorry that I didn’t get to you question sooner in the day, so I hope I am not to late to offer aid. Have a great evening Joe. amie sue

  12. Michelle says:

    Ridiculously delicious! So light and flaky. I’m obsessed.

  13. Tonya says:

    There are just no words for these kale chips. Even the pups give two paws up! Looking forward to whipping up a batch of the other flavors. :-)

    • amie-sue says:

      lol Tonya. Two paws up is quite the compliment. :) Thank you for letting me know that you tried the recipe. I always love hearing how they work for others. Have a wonderful evening, amie sue

  14. Lyn :] says:

    Yum !! These just went in the o……….LOL I just about said the oven….I meant dehydrator. Another winner, have you ever made anything not good? You don’t need to answer that!!! :] Now on to the chocolate coconut kale chips………what can I say , I have to make up for many weeks of not trying any other chips!!! I’m on a roll…..
    Hugs, Lyn :]

    • amie-sue says:

      lol Lyn… nice to have you back in the kitchen. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Enjoy and have fun. Tell Gene hi for me. amie sue

  15. Sandy says:

    I’ve tried making several different kale chips and they were just “ok”, but these are incredible!! They finished in the dehydrator in the middle of the night so I refrained from trying them until this morning so I’ve been eating kale chips all morning for breakfast (goes great with my carrot juice!! :) Thanks for all the great recipes Amie-Sue!

    • amie-sue says:

      You are welcome Sandy, thank you for leaving a comment. I love hearing from those who visit my site and try the recipes. If this my first recipe of kale chips that you tried, I hope you branch out to the others because they are wonderful too! Many blessings, amie sue

  16. Anita Rennick says:

    I stumbled across your website when I was trying to find recipes for kale chips that I liked. I have tried these, the cheesy kale chips and the italian kale chips and they are all so delicious! I am so happy that I have these recipes to fill the cupboard and “fill my family”. I really appreciate your generosity in sharing your creativity, your recipes really work! A big thanks from Brisbane, Australia!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Anita,

      Thank you for sharing this with me. Kale chips can be a wonder staple and alternative to processed chips for the family. So thrilled that you are enjoying them. Blessings! amie sue

  17. Marissa says:

    I just came across your site. What an amazing resource! And beautifully done. Thank you

  18. Liz says:

    I have made many recipes from your site (the “Sesame Crusted Avocado Spring Rolls with Almond Dipping Sauce” being our favorite :) and tried the cracked pepper, sour cream and onion kale chips today. The sauce was so delicious pre-dehydration that after I got the kale dehydrating, I scraped the bowl with carrots and ate it as a veggie dip. Wonderful! One question – my husband is allergic to cashews, which rules out many of your kale chip recipes for him. How would it work to use blanched soaked almonds instead? Would the flavor be very different? Thanks for any help!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Liz,
      I so happy to hear that you are enjoying my recipes throughout my site. I love all the sauces that I make the kale chips with… they can easily be used for dips and dressings. You can use almonds in place of cashews. I prefer to soak the raw almonds and pop the skins off, time consuming but very zen-like therapeutic. lol Have a glorious day, amie sue

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