Monday, May 2, 2011

Homemade Flour Tortillas

I'm just going to call it like it is. My husband is spoiled. Ever since I started making these, he doesn't want to go back to the premade ones at all. Unfortunately, he's gonna have to live with the premade ones sometimes because I don't always have the time to make these. And honestly, I do have to agree with him. Once you've made tortillas yourself and tasted them fresh, you really start to see the big difference.  Fresh tortillas have such a soft and fluffy texture and they just add so much flavor to your tacos or burritos.  And they are surprisingly easy to make. You don't need a tortilla maker either. The key really is to roll them out super thin. Thinner than you would think they would need to be because they puff up nicely as they cook. The rolling out part is probably the longest part of this recipe. But do yourself a favor, try these. You will not be disappointed! This would make a great addition to any Cinco De Mayo party.  Have a taco and burrito bar and let guests serve themselves. And you can have more fun!
Ingredients
2 - cups all purpose flour
1 - teaspoon baking powder
1/2 - teaspoon salt
5 - tablespoons lard (recommended) or vegetable shortening (like Crisco)
3/4 - cup hot water

Directions:
In a large bowl add the flour, salt, baking powder and shortening. Using your fingers cut in the shortening (or lard) until the mixture resembles pea size pieces (or use a pastry cutter). Add the hot water and mix together using your hands or a wooden spoon until the mixtures starts to form. Knead on a floured surface for 5 - 10 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball. Place the dough into a covered bowl and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Pinch off the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each piece into golf ball size balls. Preheat your griddle or cast iron pan on medium high heat. Flatten each dough ball a bit and then roll out on a floured surface forming a circle.

To make a round shape roll out the dough and then make a 1/4 of a turn of the circle and then roll and make another 1/4 of a turn. Keep doing this until the dough is rolled out to 1/8 inch thick. You really want these to be very thin, almost like tissue paper because they do puff up while cooking. Place onto the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly. Flip and continue cooking the other side. Each side should cook about 30 seconds. Keep the cooked tortillas warm while you continue rolling and cooking the remaining tortillas (I just put mine in between paper towels or clean dish towels).
Mmm..tostadas.

Cook's Note: I highly recommend you use lard (or manteca) for these. Shortening will work great but the lard is just a bit better, in my opinion. These really are the best the day they are made. If you have any leftover, put them in a ziploc bag and pop them in the fridge. The next day, just fry them up and make tostadas or cut them into triangles and fry them for chips to have with Salsa or sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on them for a sweet treat.

Enjoy!


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Recipe source: Mommy's Kitchen

38 comments:

Melynda said...

Homemade tortillas is something I have not tried, maybe this year! thanks.

Patti said...

These looks fabulous Brandie! So light and crisp! Your husband is one lucky guy!!:o)

Siggy Spice said...

They look b-e-a-utifil!

Susan Woods said...

Yummmm. Ok, fine. I'll pick up some shortening at the store. I've done naan and chapatti bread, why not this?

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

I tried my hand at some wraps this week and realized, "If I can do this, I wonder if I can make homemade tortillas!" Thanks for the recipe. I can't wait to try them.

Candace said...

These look sooo good! Out of all the things that I've missed since moving, it has to be the fresh tortillas that I miss the most. They may be first on the list to try when we move into our new place. Thanks, Brandie!

Holly said...

Oh girl! These sounds great! I've never dared to make my own tortillas.. I thought they'd be way too difficult, but this sounds easy enough. I am printing this now! : )

Becky said...

Your tortillas look so good, and I can just imagine how they Taste! Yum!

I may even have to try these!

carolinaheartstrings said...

I'm impressed. Those look fantastic.

The Mom Chef said...

Your tortillas are perfect. Mine always end up just a little too thick. Beautiful job. I love the idea of the taco and burrito bar for guests too.

Kristen said...

That looks like my kind of meal. I love homemade tortillas,

Cheryl and Adam @ pictureperfectmeals.com said...

I too, make homemade tortillas and Adam won't eat the store-bough ones either. The things we do for love! You are so right though, the taste is incomparable. What a week you've had! Quite a culinary journey from Merry Olde England to Mexico! Cheers and Olé

Kelly said...

Ooo these look delicious!! Perfect for cinco de mayo coming up, can't wait to try them myself! :)
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Happy When Not Hungry said...

These look awesome! Def perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

Kimberly said...

You would think living in the Southwest I would've tried my hand at making these wouldn't you? lol! Nope, but yours look incredible!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Homemade tortillas are the best! Those look delicious!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

My mom has really bad food allergies to soy, so I grew up really spoiled by homemade tortillas! They are the best when they are warm with butter. Mmmmm.
Also, I believe all of the men of bloggers are super spoiled!

Ben said...

And just wait until you make your own homemade corn tortillas form fresh masa. Oh! Divine! Hehehe. I love all kinds of homemade tortillas :)

Sandra said...

I really love those that you made, they are perfect..and homemade which in my opinion even better! Thanks for sharing!!!

sliceofsouthern said...

Why, why, why??? I L O V E Carbs! I can't stand it...I must make these...they are toooo tempting!

thecompletecookbook said...

Wow, well done on making your own torillas. They look fabulous so it is easy to understand why your hubby doesn't want store bought ones.
:-) Mandy

Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

Nothing beats a homemade flour (or corn) tortilla!!

Charlie and Jessica said...

Yumm!! My family loves Mexican food, but I've never thought to make the tortillas myself. Now I think I will. Yours look delicious!

Stopping by from Tempt my Tummy tueday, and your newest follower! Come on by and grab a recipe if you have a minute :-)

Major Mom said...

When I was in NE, we neighborhood stay-home-Moms would get together once a month for a breakfast. One month, a native Corpus Christi-an made breakfast burritos with homemade tortillas! OMG, so good!

You've inspired me to try this on Thursday! We were planning tacos and sweet corn cake (from a mix, sorry) anyway!

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Brandie, you have one incredibly lucky husband. But he knows it, right - esp if you serve him the packet ones now and again to remind him ;-) Way to go, girl! Awesome photos, as ever.

Tabitha said...

Stopping by from the Happy Homemaker's Cinco de Mayo post. First time here and I am going to subscribe!

I've always wanted to make tortillas from scratch but I have a question... what is lard? Is it like vegetable shortening?

Thanks so much.

Tabitha said...

LOL! Would help if I read the recipe completely before asking a question. {{blush}}

scratch-made wife said...

OMG. Homemade flour tortillas? I'm not even going to tell the husband this is possible or he'll never let me buy the ones at the store again. These look too good!

Lizzy said...

Brandie, I bet these are FABULOUS! So much better than what I've been buying at the grocery store. And I have lard in my freezer :) You're amazing, my friend!!!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Looks like a gourmet Cinco de mayo meal!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

I love homemade tortillas, and these look really good. I'm having a craving for them now that I've seen yours. :)

Melynda said...

Hello, I am featuring this great recipe on my Wednesday and wanderings! Thanks so much.

Our Italian Kitchen said...

That is a great idea! Love the homemade tortillas and chips! You have a very lucky hubby!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

I recently made homemade tortillas as well and my family loved them! So much better than the premade kinds, but then again I'm not a machine :D

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

I love the idea of homemade tortillas, and your recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful blog and I'm going to explore more of your recipes. :)

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

I really really wanna try making these (someday SOON)!

We are hosting a linky party with the theme this week of "MEXICAN DISHES" at THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS and would love for you to link up your wonderful recipe! (linky closes Monday.. hope to see you there)

http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/05/this-weeks-cravings-27-mexican-dishes.html

مطبخ رمضان said...

thanks alot very much

Deann said...

Like you I MADE tortillas when my boys were wanting fajitas and we were out of store bought...the END of store bought in this house! He HAS learned that if he wants em he rolls em and I cook em. He has never argued the point. My recipe is a little different than yours but yummy.