It’s funny how sometimes we forget to share the most simple things we make. So here is one of my most simple recipes – traditional homemade flour tortillas! When we were living in Japan I craved the simple things – like chips and salsa, quesadillas, fajita’s, etc… Thankfully spices were easy to come by and tortillas are easy to make!
Someone once told me you don’t have to count water or salt and pepper in ingredient counts for recipe – well if you don’t count the water or salt this is three ingredients (obviously 5 if you do count them. I mean who doesn’t have flour, baking powder, and shortening lying around? You can also use lard instead of vegetable shortening – def a great flavor – but this is one of the FEW times (tamales too) I don’t recommend subbing out butter.
This recipe is all about getting the dough consistency right – you add the water until your happy with the texture then knead/rest/knead/rest/knead – this will help develop the gluten. Kneading helps develop the gluten resulting in a better stretch to the dough and a softer tortilla.
The resting period is important too, to let the gluten relax, you can’t just knead straight and have the dough turn out right – trust me. AND over kneading (almost impossible by hand) will end with a super tough dough and tortilla (so I still do it by hand vs using my Bosch)
Homemade Flour Tortillas recipe and video
- 6 C flour
- 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 C shortening
- 2-3 C hot water
mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl
cut in the shortening until it is very small crumbs
add a small amount of water at a time and mix until the dough is soft, and spongy
knead 5 mins, then rest for 10 mins then repeat about three times
form into balls about 1-2 inches in diameter
roll out on a lightly floured board
place in a hot, dry, skillet and cook about 1 min on each side
to keep tortillas warm keep wrapped in foil
So that’s that – easy peasy and oh so worth it! What is your favorite thing to enjoy with tortillas?
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