Friday, May 11, 2012

Homemade Tortillas

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You don't want to know how long ago I started to make this post. . .at least 3 years ago. At least. . .Regardless, it's a post that needs to be published!!

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Homemade tortillas folks.  I know, you're thinking "It costs me like $2 to buy a pack at the store. . .why would I MAKE them?!"  I used to think the same thing, especially since it CAN take some time to roll them out and cook them.  But it's worth it.  It truly is.

 And they're completely basic.  Flour, salt, shortening, and water.  Shelf-stable staples.  All you need to do is combine them, and you've got your tortilla dough.

Once your dough is made, divide it into balls about the size of golf-balls, which will give you about a 6-8" tortilla. Depending on how awesome your rolling pin skills are.  Now, if you really have some time to spare OR you want beautiful looking tortillas, you can take a plate and cut around the dough to make them round.

Or you can be lazy like me and just cook them however they happen to roll out.

As they come off the stove, seal them up in a baggie to help them stay soft and pliable.  The steam works wonders for this!

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  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup hot tap water

Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients, and then add the water.  Mix until combined, and then knead until fully mixed.  Divide the dough evenly into balls--approx 16 for this recipe.  Roll out as thin as you can.  Cook on a medium-low heat.  Just a few minutes, until they start to brown a little bit, then flip and cook for another minute.  Seal them in a ziplock bag to help them soften up, so they roll up nice and easy.


  1. Those homemade tortillas look wonderful and not at all that difficult to make. I can imagine some pretty fun and creative flavors you could work up too. Thanks for sharing!

  2. First time tortilla makers...use a dry, hot pan, no oil at all.
    Also great if you add a T of sugar.
    If you use a tortilla press, balls should be 1 inch and line the press with thick plastic- like a ziplock cut apart.


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