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Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 | 1 comment

Homemade Tortillas (Tortillas Hechas en Casa)

Homemade Tortillas (Tortillas Hechas en Casa)

We’re tortilla people. We go through a hearty bag of tortillas each week. In fact, every time I ask my 3-year-old what he wants for dinner he exclaims: “Quesadillas!” We also eat our fair share of bean burritos and vegetable fajitas. In my efforts to reduce the amount of trash we produce (packaging from store-bought tortillas) and partly because I recently saw an easy recipe for tortillas on Pinterest, I thought I’d try making my own.

The recipe I found online was simple and I quickly jotted it down on my handy chalkboard backsplash. (I’ll move it to a more permanent spot later.)

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(If you can’t read my chicken scratch, that’s 3 cups of flours, 1 tsp of salt, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup warm water.)

Mix everything together in a bowl until it starts to come together, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for about a minute until it forms a nice looking dough.

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Divide the dough into about eight pieces (about two inches in diameter).

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This one is just the right size to fit in the palm of my hand.

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Now, simply roll it out until it’s as thin as you can get it without tearing (you can try for a more perfect circle or go carefree and lopsided).

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If it’s too thick, it’ll taste doughy, so try to go as low as you can go.

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Now you’re time to cook. You’ll want a pretty hot pan (lower it if the tortillas start to burn). Cook the tortilla about 2-3 minutes per side and use a spatula to check to see if it’s browning.

If it starts to bubble up, don’t worry, just pat it down.

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Look at that golden color.

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Flakey and delicious.

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Now, sprinkle on some cheese, fold over, and give them another minute on the griddle and you’re ready for a delightful snack. We also enjoy eating tortillas plain and I’ve used a cookie cutter to make mini round ones for appetizers.

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If you don’t use all the dough (the recipe will make enough for about 8-10 large tortillas), you can save it for tomorrow in the fridge. However, it’ll only last a day or so before it starts to look a little funky (don’t eat funky-looking dough). Cooked tortillas will also last a day or two stored in an air-tight container.

Enjoy!

1 Comment

  1. Our family loves making these tortillas! They are so easy to make and our daughter gets to help out too.

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