Monday, September 29, 2008

Homemade Tortillas

Today's post is about cooking not crafting. But, these homemade tortillas were really good so I thought I would share the recipe.

My sister and I made our own tortillas yesterday for our taco dinner. I was surprised that they are really easy to make and the best can store all the extras in the freezer for a very long time. My kids and I love quesadillas and eat them every day, it's the only thing my picky eater will eat. So storing the left overs for a couple of months is really nice. But, the ones we made yesterday did not make it to the storing process, because we ate them all :)


There are lots of recipes out there, but this is the one that we chose to use. Click here to see the recipe on Insta Spanish website. We did double this recipe and made 19 tortillas.

3 cups of flour
1/2 a cup of shortening (Crisco)
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 tablespoon of salt (salt to taste)
1 to 1 1/2 cups of hot water

Cooking Tools:
medium sized mixing bowl
rolling pin
measuring cups
measuring spoons
cutting board or flat surface to roll tortillas on
skillet or grill

In a mixing bowl combine all of the dry ingredients. Then add the shortening & knead it into these dry ingredients. Slowly add the hot water (we added a couple of tablespoons at a time, kneaded it, added some more tablespoons of water, etc) and continue to knead slowly until it forms a dough like consistency. Make sure not to add too much water - as this will result in your dough being too sticky. If your dough begins to get too sticky, just add a little more flour.

Let the dough stand for about 1/2 hour. (I kneaded the dough a few times before I rolled them into little balls). Then you can make little balls of dough.
These little balls of dough should be about about 2 to 3 inches in diameter.

(we had 19 balls rolled out, I just took the picture too late!)

Then you take the balls and roll them into tortilla like shapes with your rolling pin. (they probably won't be circle, they are going to be an odd shape). Roll the tortilla so it is about 1/8th inch thick...or very thin.

Once you get the desired size, put them 1 at a time into your skillet and cook over a medium flame. Cook the tortilla on each side for about 30 seconds.

You can use a spatula or your fingers to flip the tortilla over once it looks done. You'll know when they are overcooked, becase they will begin to burn!

Gently roll the rolling pin over the tortilla while it's on the grill (we did not do this step and ours cooked evenly). And that's it!

Ta Da! Our tortillas!

We used this site to help us know how to knead the dough and roll out the tortillas. It was helpful for us!


Wes, Rachel and Lauren Cairns said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe! I can't wait to try it out!!!!

TMI said...

Mmmmmm I'm needin' me some homemade tortillas! Thanks for the recipe!

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