We have children who love flour tortillas – and if yours do too, chances are, you buy them in store. Right? It’s relatively easy to throw a pack in your shopping buggy.
But making them yourself is so much better – not only do you control what goes IN them, you don’t get the extra additives that regular store shelf tortillas have.
They are a labor of love though – making tortillas takes time, but your family will thank you for taking that extra time, because they are SO much better!
Flour Tortillas can be made so many different ways – there is no right or wrong way to make them honestly. But in Mexico it’s traditional to make them with lard – we don’t really love lard too much so we use butter.
- 2 1/2 C. Organic, Unbleached All Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/3 C. Butter (MUST be butter!)
- 1 C. Hot Water*
- *Don't add the water all at once - add little by little to determine how much you might need.
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients - add in the butter and mix until it's course meal.
- Add the water a little at a time until the dough holds.
- Turn the dough onto a work surface and knead for 2-3 minutes until smooth.
- Divide the dough into 10 even pieces - roll each into a disc, cover with a damp towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Turn on your griddle at medium heat - and put the formed tortillas on a lightly floured surface.
- To form the tortillas, put them on the floured surface - press lightly with your hand and then put the rolling pin in the center and push forward (without going to the edge), then go backward (also, without going to the edge), then turn 45 degrees and do the same - flip, then repeat that process until you have the tortilla rolled out thin - have some patience because it takes practice.
- Place the tortilla on the griddle and let sit for 20-30 seconds until the tortilla puffs up, then flip to the other side and cook until the dough puffs.
- Keep wrapped in a kitchen towel until they are complete - then store in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator and reheat as needed.
Don’t have a rolling pin? You can use a wood dowel from the hardware store – or, pick up a Rolling Pin on Amazon for cheap, too. Check out Vitacost to buy Bob’s Red Mill Organic All Purpose Flour for just under $4 per bag.