Handmade Flour Tortillas

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Does your family do taco night? Well my family loves Mexican food. When my sheltered USA mind used to think about South America I would picture lots of  Mexican food. I mean, they speak Spanish so doesn’t that mean they eat lots of burritos and tacos with guacamole? Well now that we have been here long enough I can tell you that most of these people have probably never tasted a taco let alone heard of one. The local Chilean cuisine is very simple with fresh and in-season ingredients. Needless to say, we have not found anywhere to buy good tortillas, (Actually, I’m pretty sure the locals call their omelets tortillas) but that’s okay because I have always preferred homemade anyway.

The first thing you do is combine flour with the fat and salt and use your hands to work the fat into the flour. When its pretty well mixed add the water and knead until you have a nice little round ball.

Now clear a clean work surface and spread flour. Separate dough into twelve equal balls and set aside.

Roll out each ball into a circle as close to round as possible. If you have a tortilla press you could use that. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly round they still taste just as good.

Now heat a skillet on your stove, or use an electric skillet like me, to about medium high. Cook tortillas on each side for 30 to 40 seconds depending on how high your heat is. If you start to get little black spots on each side then your heat is too high. As you cook each one place done ones somewhere to keep them warm and moist or they will dry out. You can either make a foil packet and keep them wrapped or use two plates with the second one upside down.

Handmade Flour Tortillas

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 Tortillas

Serving Size: 1 Tortilla

Handmade Flour Tortillas

Ingredients

  • 5 Tbs. lard or palm oil for vegan (you could also use shortening but I do not recommend it.)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups flour

Instructions

  1. Combine flour with the fat and salt and use your hands to work the fat into the flour. When its pretty well mixed add the water and knead until you have a nice little round ball.
  2. Now clear a clean work surface and spread flour. Separate dough into twelve equal balls and set aside.
  3. Roll out each ball into a circle as close to round as possible. If you have a tortilla press you could use that. Don't worry if it's not perfectly round they still taste just as good.
  4. Now heat a skillet on your stove, or use an electric skillet like me, to about medium high.
  5. Cook tortillas on each side for 30 to 40 seconds depending on how high your heat is. If you start to get little black spots on each side then your heat is too high. As you cook each one place done ones somewhere to keep them warm and moist or they will dry out. You can either make a foil packet and keep them wrapped or use two plates with the second one upside down.
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These are super easy to make and can be used for anything that you would usually use tortillas for: tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or even homemade tortilla chips served with guac and salsa which can be dangerously addictive. Untitled=

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