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.)
(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.
Divide the dough into about eight pieces (about two inches in diameter).
This one is just the right size to fit in the palm of my hand.
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).
If it’s too thick, it’ll taste doughy, so try to go as low as you can go.
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.
Look at that golden color.
Flakey and delicious.
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.
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.