Enjoy this healthy and great tasting alternative to Corn Tortillas! Your friends and family won’t believe how great these tortillas taste! There’s nothing quite like a nice, fresh tortilla served nice & hot. Once you get used to these homemade tortillas, chances are you’ll think twice about buying pre-packaged tortillas on your next trip to the market! (Besides, we all know that homemade food always winds up tasting 10 times better than the stuff they sell in the stores.) I’m proud to share this flour tortilla recipe with you, as it is easy to make and very healthy. This is a nice, low fat version that still packs a nice flavor. Tortillas are a wonderful staple of any Mexican Meal.
Enjoy your tortillas alongside frijoles, carne asada, or some good salsa verde. Fill them with any kind of meat, bean,veggetable or fruit. Top them with your favorite sauces, or even toast them up with some butter and some cinnamon for a delicious treat!
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 2 cups of white flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup warm water
Mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium sized mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the oil and warm water together. Combine the water and oil mix with the flour slowly, adding only a tablespoon at a time. Mix in the tablespoon of water with a whisk or fork.
Add in another tablespoon of water once the first has been mixed in. Keep going until you have mixed all of the water into the flour to create your dough.
At this point, your dough should feel gooey and tacky.
HOW TO KNEAD THE DOUGH
Add a light coating of flour to your counter, or use a wood cutting board. Begin to knead the dough by flattening it with your hands. This is a fun part of the process that’s great for getting the kids involved. Keep folding the dough on itself, turn it and flatten it again with your hands. Make sure to use your palms to really press it down. You will ‘need to knead’ for roughly 5 minutes or so.
Once you begin to feel the dough getting sticky, toss on a bit of flour to dry it out a bit.
If you’re finding it hard to knead the dough because it’s too sticky, gather it all up and add some more flower to your surface area.
You should be able to eliminate the sticky feeling and wind up with a dough that feels smooth to the touch. Next, return the dough to the bowl and cover the bowl with a moist paper towel.
The dough will need to set for about a half hour. After this resting period, split the dough into tiny balls (about 1 inch in diameter). You could use a spoon to do this, or just pull the globs of dough off with your hands.
To make larger tortillas, make larger dough balls.
Set your dough balls onto a plate or baking sheet and cover them with your moist towel.
The dough balls should sit again for about 10-15 minutes.
IT’S TIME TO ROLL THE TORTILLAS
Dig out your largest, flattest skillet and set it aside. If you have cast iron pans, that is the best, but it’s not necessary. Again coat your work surface with a pinch of flour. Flatten out one the dough balls into a 3 inch circle. Add some flour to a rolling pin and start rolling the dough until it’s flat.
Keep rolling it until it is about 7 or 8 inches around. The tortilla should be roughly an eighth inch thick.
Don’t worry if your tortilla isn’t perfectly round. Getting a perfect circle is not easy, but if you really want it perfect you can always trim some of the dough off to shape it. There’s nothing wrong with an odd shaped tortilla, and it’s entirely up to you as to how perfect they look.
Besides, nobody will be worried about the shape once they taste them!
COOK THE TORTILLAS
Take your rolled tortilla and place it right on your preheated pan. It’s not necessary to use any type of butter or olive oil. Let the tortilla cook for about 25 seconds. You should see some brown spots on your tortilla.
Turn your torilla over and cook it for another 25 seconds. Be careful to avoid burning.
Keep your tortilla soft and avoid overcooking it. It’s up to you how tender they will be.
Once a tortilla is cooked, place it in a tortilla warmer, or wrap it them in a towel or foil.
Try to enjoy your tortillas immediately after cooking them for best results. However, you can put some away in a refrigerator or the freezer to use at your next meal. I also prefer to make some extra dough and freeze it for use over the coming months. If you choose to put your tortillas in the freezer, make sure to use plastic wrap and put them in a freezer bag.
When you wish to eat these frozen beauties, just thaw them out at room temp and then toss them in some foil and into the oven on low for ten minutes or so.
You can also use a microwave if you desire to warm the tortillas. That’s all there is to it! You can now make your very own delicious flour tortillas. This simple recipe really makes a big difference in the quality of your Mexican Meals. If you don’t believe me, try it out and ask your family & guests what they think. They’ll be certain to sing the praises of your great homemade flour tortillas!