Friday, June 1, 2012

Tortillas!


I get a lot of people asking me what I cook since J is a vegetarian.  I try to explain to people that there are a lot of different things I can make.  Almost anything that can be made with meat, can be made without.  It's not all salads in our house.  Actually, I eat way more salad then J ever does.  So I thought I would start sharing some of my recipes with everyone.  If that's okay? :-)

One of our favorite things to enjoy is tacos.  We love tacos in our house.  It's one of those things that I don't think we could get tired off.  I mean, who would hate tacos?  No one, that's who.

And our tacos are even more delicious because we make everything from scratch.  Salsa, guacamole, tortillas, even the taco seasoning.  Yum tacos!

Mine are never a perfect circle, but someday!
So if you were just thinking about making tacos for dinner tonight, here is the tortilla recipe I use to make our taco night awesome.  Seriously, once you make tortillas, you'll never go back to store bought ones.  They are that delicious. 

Flour Tortillas

Ingredients
  • 2 c flour, give or take 
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 c boiling water
  • 3 tbs olive oil
 Directions
  1.  In a lg bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  
  2. Add the boiling water and olive oil to the dry ingredients.  I use a wooden spoon to mix because the water is too hot at first.  (don't ask me how I know).
  3. What it should look like with all the ingredients mixed
  4. Add more flour or water to get a smooth texture.
  5. Once the liquids and dry ingredients are well combined, turn onto a floured surface.  I use corn meal.  
  6. Knead the dough for about 10-12 times. 
  7. Divide the dough into 6-8 portions.  We make huge tortillas, so it just depends on the size you would like.
  8. Let the dough sit for at least 30 minutes
  9. Roll the dough to your desired thickness.
  10. Preheat a large non stick skillet over med heat (I use my cast iron skillet).  
  11. Cook tortilla on each side for about 1 min each side or until side is lightly browned.  
  12. Enjoy
 Recipe adapted from Taste of Home tortilla recipe


These are great with tacos or just with a little butter.  I love to eat them warm.  They keep in the fridge for a week or so.  And to heat them back up I just put them on a warm skillet just long enough to warm them up.  I'm sure you can warm them up in the microwave as well.

In my mind these are healthier for you because they don't use lard.  Now if they are healthier, I'm not sure.  I plan on trying them with whole grain flour, so I'll let you know how those turn out.

2 comments:

Nancy said...

Oh, you've got my mouth watering! We've been wanting to make tortillas from scratch for a while now...have a press and all, just haven't. That recipe looks very easy though. And I agree- a veggie meal is easy- people just don't get it!

Rose said...

I have never made my own tortilla, but I may get inspired now! Thanks for the great recipe.