Thursday, July 31, 2008

Homemade Flour Tortillas

I LOVE fresh cooked flour tortillas. I learned how to make these at a church activity a few years ago and have been making them ever since. They are really not difficult, simple ingredients and they are SO yummy!! When I make these my husband and children are like vultures waiting to grab one hot off the griddle:)

Tortilla dough ready to rest.

Ready to roll.

Ready to flip to the second side.

Ready to eat!!

  • 10 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 T salt
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 4 cups hot water

Directions: Place flour and salt into large bowl. Mix with fingers. Add shortening. Blend with your hand or a pastry blender until crumbly. Slowly pour in hot water. Gently incorporate until all flour is mixed in. If dough is too sticky, add a little flour. If dough is too stiff, add a little more water. Dough should be soft and elastic like. I knead the dough for a couple of minutes in the bowl, but make sure you don't overwork the dough. You can then separate into small balls about the size of a golf ball(I just leave it all together and pull off a bit of dough when I am ready to roll). Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes. I cover my dough with plastic wrap and then cover the bowl with a large towel. After 1/2 hour, take a piece of dough roll into a ball and flatten slightly. Roll it out into a circle on a floured surface. I cook my tortillas on my griddle at 400 degrees. You want the griddle or pan to be HOT. Put it on the griddle, when it starts to 'bubble' a little flip and cook until just starting to get brown on the bubbles spots. I then move them to a towel and cover them to cool while I cook the rest. When the tortillas are cool, I store them in a gallon size ziploc bag in the refrigerator or freezer.

**I usually half this recipe(this recipe will make A LOT of tortillas), actually I have made them SO many times now that I just add what 'looks' right to me for the # of tortillas I want. If you make this large batch, they will be good in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or you can freeze them for up to 2 months. I usually just make small batches that we use in a day or two, otherwise I don't have time to roll and cook them all before the kids or baby are calling:)

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  1. Have you ever tried a tortilla press? I was looking at getting one. I wanted to know if you have tried one or just the rolloing pin.

  2. This is a very late post but Costco has some tortillas that are uncooked, they come 44--two packages with 22 in each-- and they are really, really good...if you don't have time to make them yourself.

  3. Homemade tortillas are so good. Yumm. I've gone through your entire blog and it is very nicely done with great recipes.


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