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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