Make your own Tortillas- Recipe and how to post

05/05/2011 11:02 am · 18 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

We ran out of tortillas the other day and I did not feel up to going to the store.  So I decided to make my own, I know lots of my friends make them every week.  I had just never tried to make them myself.  I used a recipe out of an old family cookbook.

You will need:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening or lard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plus 3 table spoons Hot water (not boiling)

In a bowl add 4 cups flour, 1/8 teaspoon baking powder and vegetable shortening.

With a fork cut the shortening into the flour, till it is well blended.  It will have the texture of cornmeal

In another bowl at 1 1/2 teaspoon salt to your HOT water.  Stir till salt is dissolved.

Add the salt water to the flour mixture in a thin stream, stir as you add the water.

Knead with your fist, till well blended (add a little more water if needed)

Dough ball will start to form

Place dough ball in bottom of bowl, cover with a cloth and let rest for 20 minutes

Split into 4 pieces, and then cut each of them into 3…. for a total of 12 mini dough balls

Use a rolling pin or tortilla press to press flat.  Or in our case we used a cup…. and my little helpers 🙂

Get it as thin as you can without tearing

Cook on  hot pan over medium/high heat 15 seconds on each side till done.

Total cook time of 30-60 seconds depending on pan used and temp.

It was a fun project and they were rather yummy.  I found I liked them even better the next day, when I re-heated them in a pan with a touch of oil.  Tortillas are rather prices lately so this may be something we start to make more often.  If we do, then I will need to invest in a tortilla press.

Have you made your own tortillas before?  Any tips?

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Kelly
Kelly

Thanks for sharing. I cant wait to try them. Anyone know if you can freeze these? we are a small family of 3 so just curious abut making them but freezing some

Jennifer
Jennifer

I agree with Yunuen - oil worked great. Another tip that I use, is that after the tortillas are divided into the original 12 (using this recipe), I took each ball and divided it again - making 24. The dough was small and easier to manage - plus, they turned out great!

Becky
Becky

I was taught to wrap each individual ball in plastic wrap and let set @ room temp for at least 2 hours. It helps give them a better more authentic texture (I guess anyway) I have tried it both ways and really like the way they turn out by letting them set. Pretty much the same recipe as this one too:)

Monica
Monica

has anyone tried with gluten free flour?

michelle
michelle

We have a dollar store in my town where everything is a dollar. I purchase my tortillas there and they are very good.

Helen in Meridian
Helen in Meridian

WINCO has Mission flour and whole wheat tortillas for $1.08 this week.

Julie
Julie

Another great tip. I was just thinking about your nacho post. I am getting more into cooking from scratch myself and I have to say it's not as hard as I thought it would be and it's tasty!

jen
jen

Juanita hit the nail on the head. We have a press (bought one online a few years ago - btw, if you buy one online, finding free shipping is a good thing because ours is really heavy!) and we cut open a large ziploc bag and used that to keep the dough from sticking to the press. I like the convenience of store bought tortillas, but when I am too far for a quick run to the store (or in the rare chance that I'm not in a place I can get tortillas - has happened before), it's nice to know that I don't have to go without!

Amanda
Amanda

Kari, I'm not sure about the flour tortillas- not sure what developing the gluten would do to the tortillas (over-mixing wheat- based doughs can make them tough) - but with corn tortillas, you can use your mixer on the dough all day long and it won't affect them a bit- no gluten to worry about making them tough!

Amber @ Tales of Domestica
Amber @ Tales of Domestica

I can not wait to try these out. I have always wanted to make my own tortillas but I just haven't taken the time to.

kari
kari

is it ok to mix with mixer??? i don't know why i just don't like to mix by hand... kari

A Thrifty Mom
A Thrifty Mom

Love all the tips..... I will try them! Going to turn into a tortilla making machine LOL

Kristina
Kristina

I lived in Spain for awhile and they don't have anything close to what you think of as mexican food. So, I had to make my own then. I'm glad you posted this, it makes me grateful to remember the abundance we have.

Juanita Brakeman
Juanita Brakeman

U can also make Traditional Mexican Tortillas: By using half flour & half Corn MAZA (look in the ethnic isle) or just use Maza for corn tortillas: Also take a clear plastic PRODUCE bag cut in to 2 sheets then use these to roll ur tortillas in between NO STICKING!! THAT WHAT WE TRADITIONAL IN THE PAST 30 YEARS HAVE USED ON OUR TORTILLA PRESS TO KEEP THEM FROM STICKING IF YOU USE A WELL SEASONED CAST IRON YOU WILL NOT NEED ANY OIL/ OR FAT /SHORTING IN THE RECIPE ALSO

yunuen
yunuen

try making them with vegetable oil it makes them taste as if you made them with butter :-)

Andrea K.
Andrea K.

We used to make them often, then our press broke. Ours was an awesome one. It was a Vitantonio Tortilla Chef. It presses and cooks them at the same time. Loved it until it got broken. Now it takes so long to make enough for our large family, and we have found them really cheap at the salvage grocery. Homemade tortillas are awesome, though! Your kids look like great helpers :)

Amanda
Amanda

Yes! My grandmother is from Mexico and I grew up watching her make corn tortillas from Masa Harina or corn flour ( not corn meal). I actually inherited her tortilla press- my most prized piece of kitchen equipment :). It's very simple to make corn tortillas, too and they're TONS better than the nasty dry ones you pay through the nose for in the grocery store, anyway ;).

Kelli
Kelli

Thank you for sharing, I never knew they were so easy to make.

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