Copycat Cava Pita Chips

15 minutes
15 minutes
30 minutes
5 to 6
My favorite thing to get at Cava is their crispy pita chips! They are truly unlike any other pita chip you buy at the store in a bag. They are super crispy on the outside but thick and fluffy on the inside and I think this recipe turns out exactly like Cava's, if not better!
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Copycat Cava Pita Chips

My favorite thing to get at Cava is their crispy pita chips! They are truly unlike any other pita chip you buy at the store in a bag. They are super crispy on the outside but thick and fluffy on the inside and I think this recipe turns out exactly like Cava’s, if not better!

What Brand of Pita Bread to Use

So I’ve done a lot of research to figure out exactly what kind of pita Cava uses and I’m pretty sure I’ve nailed the brand. And by research, I mean I went on TikTok and watched videos of Cava employees preparing the chips. I then analyzed the bread they were using and found one at the store that looked exactly like it. It has the same speckled look to it and has that thick shape to it just like their chips do. Now it is not the exact brand that they use. If you want the exact one, the brand is called Damascus Bakeries and they have a store locator to purchase their products.

The brand I used is Papa Pita Greek White Pita Flatbread! It’s thick and fluffy and looks similar to the bread Cava uses. It is pretty popular so you’re bound to find it at any major supermarket. If you can’t find it, just go for the thickest pita option at your store.

The Spice Mix

We got the bread covered which is the most important part to capture the texture. The second most important part is the spice mix to capture the signature flavor of Cava’s pita chips. These are the following spices you will need:

  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • lemon pepper
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder

Just combine all the spices in a small bowl and that’s it! Set aside for now.

Making the Pita Chips

Making pita chips from scratch could not be easier! You’ll never be tempted to buy them from the store again.

Just start by cutting each pita into 8 triangular pieces, just like how you’d cut a pizza. Make sure to use a sharp knife.

Then heat some vegetable or canola oil to 325 to 350°F. Once hot add the pita in, frying in batches so they’re not overcrowded. Take out once golden and crispy to drain any excess oil on a wire rack.

Transfer the pita chips to a bowl, add the seasoning, and toss all together to coat evenly. Now just enjoy with your favorite dip!

Can I Air-Fry These Instead?

Yes, you definitely can but they just won’t be the same of course! If you air fry them, drizzle them with 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil or use a generous amount of oil spray. Then sprinkle on the seasoning and shake around so the spices adhere to the oil. Air-fry at 325°F for 8 minutes or until golden and crispy. And that’s it! You can also add the spices after air-frying.

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Copycat Cava Pita Chips

My favorite thing to get at Cava is their crispy pita chips! They are truly unlike any other pita chip you buy at the store in a bag. They are super crispy on the outside but thick and fluffy on the inside and I think this recipe turns out exactly like Cava's, if not better!

My favorite thing to get at Cava is their crispy pita chips! They are truly unlike any other pita chip you buy at the store in a bag. They are super crispy on the outside but thick and fluffy on the inside and I think this recipe turns out exactly like Cava's, if not better!

15 minutes
15 minutes
30 minutes
5 to 6

Ingredients

  • 4 pitas, cut into triangles
  • vegetable oil, for frying
SPICE MIX
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, salt, lemon pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to make the spice mix. Set aside.
  2. Cut each pita into 8 triangles or pieces.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan so it's hot, around 325 to 350°F.
  4. Fry the pita in batches so they're not overcrowded.
  5. Once golden and crispy, remove the chips from the oil and transfer them to a wire rack to drain excess oil. Do not fry too much because you want it to be soft in the center but crispy on the edges just like Cava.
  6. Once all the bread is fried, transfer the pita chips to a bowl and add as much seasoning as you like.
  7. Shake around to toss it so all the chips are evenly seasoned.
  8. Serve with hummus or your favorite dip to enjoy!
Tips & Notes
Make sure to purchase the thickest pita you can find in the store so the texture is just like Cava. This is the brand that Cava uses. It is a Brooklyn based business called Damascus Bakeries. They have a store locator to find where to buy it. The brand I used is Papa Pita and I find it at most major supermarkets.
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