If you haven't had homemade tortillas before you might not buy them from the grocery store anytime soon! Pretty much anything homemade tastes better than store bought and these are no exception.
Our flour tortilla recipe is easy to make and relatively low in fat. Try these little gems the next time you make Mexican food. They are the perfect compliment to refried beans, Chile Verde, fajitas or even with just some creamery butter.
Your kids will love them too. I have fond memories of when I was 4 years old, watching my grandmother make the dough, pat the tortillas between her hands and then cook them on the griddle. She would then serve them to me with refried beans. I loved it. It's a memory I will never forget.
So try this flour tortilla recipe and see if your family and friends aren't impressed with your homemade tortillas! You will be serving up fond memories along with some delicious meals.
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Let's get started and I will walk you through the process.
Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In another bowl combine the warm water and oil.
Add the water/oil mixture to the flour mixture, one tablespoon at a time and mix the dough with a fork. Once the water is mixed in, add another tablespoon of water and repeat the process until all the water is mixed into the dough.
The dough will be sticky.
Kneading The Dough
Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and knead the dough.
Kneading is done by pushing the dough with the heals and palms
of both hands down onto the board. Fold the dough back onto itself, give a quarter turn and push again with the palms and heels of your hands. Just repeat the process of pressing, folding and turning for about 4 or 5 minutes. Add a dusting of flour when the dough gets sticky.
If the dough sticks to the cutting board while kneading, scrape up the dough and dust the board with a little flour and continue kneading.
Eventually the stickiness will go away and you will have a nice smooth dough.
Place the dough back into the bowl and cover it with a damp towel or damp paper towel. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
Divide the dough into golf-ball-size balls by pinching off the dough with your thumb and fore finger. Form each ball into a nice ball shape.
Place the balls on a flat dish making sure they don't touch each other and cover with the damp cloth.
Let the dough rest again for 10 minutes.
Rolling The Tortillas
Preheat a skillet or cast iron pan on medium high heat. You really can't beat cast iron pans for even heat distribution and their ability to withstand high heat without warping.
Lightly dust your wooden cutting board with flour. Take one of the balls of dough and flatten it out on the cutting board to a 4 inch circle. Rub flour on your rolling pin and begin to roll out the dough starting from the center out. Roll the tortilla until it is 6 or 7 inches in diameter and about 1/8 inch thick.
It's difficult to roll out a perfectly round tortilla so if that is important to you, you can always trim the tortilla with a knife.
I like their irregular homemade looking shape. No one can mistake these for store bought, especially when you taste them.
Don't be surprised if your kids take this flour tortilla recipe to new heights by making shapes out of the dough. Their creative little minds will be making homemade star shaped quesadillas!
Cooking The Tortillas
Back to the flour tortilla recipe...
Once you have rolled out the tortilla, place it on a preheated skillet. You don't need to add any oil or butter. Cook the tortilla for about 30 seconds. You will notice brown spots all over your tortilla. Flip it over and cook an additional 30 seconds.
Don't over cook it as you want the tortilla to be nice and soft.
Keep your tortillas warm by covering them in a towel on a plate or in a tortilla warmer.
Tortillas are best eaten hot right off the griddle, but you can refrigerate and freeze them too.
If you freeze the tortillas, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and put them in a ziplock bag. When you are ready to use them, first thaw at room temperature and then wrap them in foil and place them in a 250 degree oven for a 10 to 15 minutes.
I don't recommend microwaving them as this tends to toughen them.
So try your hand at some homemade flour tortillas. It's really pretty easy and I think you will be delighted by the results.
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THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I stumbled upon your website today as I searched the web for flour tortilla recipes. I made these just after viewing your video, and five of us devoured them.
SO DELICIOUS. And easy to make! I am most grateful to you for this simple, tasty recipe. Your video was a useful tutorial.
I've not attempted to make tortillas prior to making yours, though we often eat tortillas. We're vegetarians, so I was looking for a recipe which used canola oil instead of lard. You delivered. Merci.
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