Soft, tender Homemade Flour Tortillas are deliciously versatile and surprisingly easy to make with just a few simple ingredients!
Wellllll…it’s only natural that I follow up last week’s Easy Spanish Rice recipe with some Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas, right? 😉 I’m still feeling in a Cinco de Mayo-inspired mood, but the good news is that these flour tortillas are fantastic any day of the year!
Have you ever made your own homemade tortillas before? It might sound intimidating, but they’re actually super simple to make with just five basic ingredients. While traditional flour tortillas are made with lard, I realize that most of you probably don’t keep that ingredient on hand or perhaps prefer not to use it. I usually make my flour tortillas with butter, but vegetable shortening will also work. Aside from your fat of choice, all you’ll need is flour, salt, baking powder, and water. It always amazes me that such simple ingredients can yield such yummy results!
As I do with many of my favorite recipes — from pie crust to shortbread to scones — I rely on my trusty food processor to effortlessly whip out these Homemade Flour Tortillas. However, don’t let that stop you from making them if you don’t have a food processor…you can certainly throw them together by hand! It’s just a matter of blending the ingredients and kneading the dough.
Then comes the trickiest part (at least for me)…rolling. The rolling in itself is not challenging, mind you. The aspect I have a hard time with is rolling my tortillas into actual, round-ish circles. However, I will say that this endeavor gets easier with practice. I will also share that if your tortilla ends up with a random, Florida-shaped appendage, you have my permission to trim it off with a knife (and nobody will ever be the wiser!). But if you choose to leave it, I can assure you that nobody has ever turned down a soft, warm, fresh-from-the-skillet flour tortilla due to the fact that it wasn’t perfectly symmetrical. 😉
While you’re working on achieving your circular tortillas, the only variable you’ll need to worry about has to do with how thin or thick you prefer them. This recipe will yield a dozen very thin flour tortillas, about 10 average tortillas, or about 8 thick ones. How thin you roll your tortillas will also determine how long you’ll need to cook them on each side so that they remain soft but aren’t too doughy on the inside.
Basically, flour tortillas are pretty darn easy to make, but the first time you attempt them, you will probably need to experiment just a bit to figure out the right temperature and cooking time based on your stove. I cook my tortillas in a big stainless steel skillet, but you can use cast iron or even nonstick if you prefer. And when I make tortillas, I typically double this recipe, because it takes only slightly longer to whip up twice as many tortillas once the food processor is already dirtied up.
So who’s ready for some Easy Homemade Flour Tortilla making??? Whether you’ve got tacos or burritos on the menu, or whether you simply plan to slather your tortillas with butter or dip them in salsa, you can’t go wrong. I hope these are a hit with your crew! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a stack of warm tortillas and a vat of queso calling… 😉
Recipe originally shared at Lil’ Luna. Adapted from AllRecipes.
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