Easy homemade flour tortillas that you can whip up at home!
If you asked any member of my family what their favorite type of cuisine was…every single person would answer “Mexican!” We like it anyway we can get it: burritos, tacos, flautas, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas…hungry yet?? I mean seriously, what’s not to love about Mexican food? Cheesey, spicy, amazing flavors and the most tender meat you can find. I love making Mexican-inspired dishes for my family and one of the best ways to make those meals extra-special is with homemade flour tortillas.
If you’ve never made tortillas before or maybe have never even had fresh tortillas – you are going to be in for a real treat! The boys love to eat these plain but they are perfect for a quick quesadilla or yummy fish tacos. My husband loves these tortillas with his chili. Just spread on a little butter and then dip it in the chili – fantastic!
I found this recipe years ago in a magazine and it’s so easy! The dough comes together in a flash. Like, maybe two minutes? Knead it for a few more and then it’s time to let it rest for a bit. This is the time you get the rest of the meal going, browning meat, shredding cheese, whipping up some fresh pico de gallo, etc.
Minutes before you’re ready to eat, get a pan heated up and start cooking the tortillas. They take a couple of minutes on each side and then it’s off to a towel-covered platter where they can stay nice and warm while I finish up the remaining tortillas.
I love how easy Mexican food is to prepare and it’s a joy to make because I know my family is going to love it. These tortillas are going to be perfect for some quick quesadillas tonight after swim practice. I’ll make up some fresh guacamole and the boys – all three of them – will chow down for dinner :)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 Tbls shortening
- ¾ cup water
- Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together with a fork.
- Add shortening and continue mixing with fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the water.
- Slowly incorporate the dry and wet ingredients until dough starts to form.
- Place dough on a floured surface and knead for several minutes until dough is nice and smooth.
- Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Divide dough into quarters and then each quarter into thirds for a total of 12 portions.
- Roll out each portion into a 6-7 inch circle.
- Cook the tortillas in a skillet over medium-high heat for about two minutes on each side or until puffed and lightly browned.
- Remove to a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm.
- Serve immediately.
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