homemade flour tortillas

by amy on 25 January 2012

you know what makes me happy? mexican food. i’m super lucky because there’s a darn tasty mexican restaurant in walking distance from our house. due to the delightfully walkable proximity of mexican food, it’s no surprise that i rarely cook mexican food at home. instead, i put on my shoes + make the 5-minute stroll to a glorious place where margaritas, guacamole + enchiladas are delivered to my table in a matter of minutes. ah yes, that is a heavenly place indeed.

but, inspired by my one-new-dinner-a-week challenge for 2012, i decided to try cooking mexican food myself + put quesadillas on this week’s dinner menu. i made a grocery list + the first thing i put on there? flour tortillas, of course. then i remembered seeing homemade flour tortillas on my friend ashley’s blog. i figured, if i’m going to do something new by cooking mexican at home, why not go all out + make the whole meal from scratch, tortillas included? so that’s what i decided to do.

and the result? they turned out fabulous! i was surprised at how easy they were to make – the dough came together in less than 5 minutes, + they were a cinch to roll out into pretty circles. they cooked up quickly + easily – the entire process took me less than an hour from start to finish. + the flavor? simply delicious + tons better than the store-bought version. they’re also awesomely customizable – you can make tiny ones for mini soft tacos, giant ones for oversized burritos, + everything in between. i’ll be using the standard 8” ones pictured here for my first ever attempt at quesadilla-making tonight — wish me luck!

homemade flour tortillas

makes 12 tortillas, adapted from mexican made easy, as seen on kitchen meets girl

ingredients

3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup shortening (i used vegetable shortening)
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup lukewarm water

directions

in a large bowl, blend the flour + shortening until the mixture resembles fine meal.

in a small bowl, mix the salt + the water until the salt has dissolved. using the dough hook attachment of a stand mixer, add water to the flour mixture, mixing until the liquid is incorporated. mix for 2 to 3 minutes, or until smooth. if you don’t have a stand mixer, stir the liquid into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, then knead by hand.

divide the dough into 12 equally-sized pieces + roll each into a ball.

roll each ball into a thin 8 inch round – i rolled mine out as thin as i could get ‘em — this keeps them soft + pliable once they’re cooked. after i rolled them out to circles, i took an 8” salad plate, turned it upside down on top of the circles, + cut off any excess around the edges. voila! perfect circles.

cook each round in a heavy non-stick pan over medium-high heat, flipping once, until puffed + golden on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per tortilla.

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51 amy January 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

ooh, i love the idea of using part whole wheat flour to healthify ‘em up. good idea! =)

52 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons January 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

This is totally going on my foodie bucket list — must make my own tortillas finally!!!! =)

53 amy January 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm

you’ve gotta try ‘em, jenn – they’re soo easy (+ so delicious!). let me know how they turn out!

54 Baking Serendipity January 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I love your resolution…and these tortillas! There are quite a few Mexican restaurants near my house too, but sometimes nothing beats homemade.

55 amy January 28, 2012 at 10:55 pm

i agree, sarah – there’s something so nice + satisfying about being able to make certain things from scratch at your own house, even if you can get ‘em a restaurant in walking distance. =) thanks for your kind words!

56 Maris (In Good Taste) January 29, 2012 at 6:54 am

This is very impressive and I bet far better then any restaurant

57 amy January 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

you’re so sweet, Maris! they were amazingly tasty + it’s always nice to know exactly what ingredients are going into the food i’m eating. i’ll definitely be making these from now on instead of buying the store-bought version. =)

58 EA-The Spicy RD January 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

Mexican food is my favorite, and there is no shortage of delicious Mexican restaurants here in San Diego. I really wish I could make and eat these tortillas, because flour tortillas are one of then things I really miss since I’ve been eating gluten-free. I’ve found or made yummy substitutions for almost everything, but a goood gluten-free “flour” tortilla has completely eluded me thus far. Oh, well…one can hope :-)

59 amy January 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

you should make it a challenge to develop a delicious gluten-free ‘flour’ tortilla. if anyone can do it, it’s you, EA – you’re so talented at coming up with amazing gluten-free recipes! =)

60 angela@spinachtiger January 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

Amy, I’ve made homemade tortillas once. It’s the way to go. You got it down perfectly. You can use a tortilla press, but I found I also could do it by rolling. Now I’m a little more inspired to try again.

61 amy January 29, 2012 at 11:16 am

thanks so much, angela! i’m thinking of getting a tortilla press if i find myself making these frequently – it would definitely save a bit of time, although i don’t mind rolling them out by hand, either. decisions, decisions!

62 marla January 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

Homemade tortillas are always the best. Especially when still warm. Great recipe :)

63 amy January 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

i couldn’t agree more, marla! =)

64 Young Wifey February 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I’m pretty good at making pita bread, but I haven’t perfected my tortillas yet! Yours look amazing!

65 amy February 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

thank you so much! i just tried pitas for the first time yesterday — i’m really getting into this whole bread-making thing. =)

66 Perry Cruz February 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Very nice. You can also add about 1/2 tsp baking powder. You will love to see how they balloon as they cook :-)

67 amy February 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

thanks for the tip! a bunch of people mentioned adding a bit of baking powder to the recipe – i’ll definitely try that next time!

68 megan @ culinary chops February 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm

you are so incredibly brave. i’ve been ‘wanting’ to try a project like this forever….i’ve just never actually taken the plunge.

congrats!

69 amy February 3, 2012 at 7:37 am

aww, thanks megan. you’ll definitely have to take the plunge + give it a try soon – they’re way easier than i expected! i’m finding that most intimidating kitchen projects, especially bread-related ones, are that way — seeming far more difficult than they wind up being. =)

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