Homemade Flour Tortillas

How many times have you purchased tortillas from the store only to find out they are stale or taste like the bag they came in? Once you’ve had homemade tortillas you won’t go back to store-bough because homemade just tastes so much better. It only takes about 10 minutes to make them.

Photo by LJ H.
Adapted from circkles.com

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

20

minutes

SERVINGS

6

tortillas

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

20

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Adapted from circkles.com

Ingredients

  • Fresh Flour Tortillas: Makes 6

  • 2

    cups flour

  • 1/2

    tsp salt

  • 1

    tsp baking powder

  • 1/3

    cup olive oil or grape seed oil

  • 1/2

    cup warm water

Directions

Warm a 10 inch skillet on the stove on medium heat. Do not oil or butter it. Tortillas are cooked in a dry pan. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Measure oil and add 1/2 cup water. Mix together slightly and pour into dry ingredients. Mix well with a heavy wooden spoon or your hands. Let dough sit for about 15-20 minutes. Grab about a golf-ball sized piece of dough. Roll out on a floured surface until very thin and about 8 inches round. Put in a dry, hot skillet for about 1 minute. Pop any bubbles that form with a fork. Flip and lightly brown other side for about 30 seconds. Only roll out and cook the tortillas you will be using for one meal and keep the rest of the dough in a covered bowl in the refrigerator to use later in the week for making veggie wraps to take to work or school for lunch, or breakfast burritos etc. Fry them up only as needed. The dough will last in the refrigerator for about a week. What about corn tortillas? Masa Harina is a type of Corn Flour made from sun- dried posole that has been prepared with lime or wood-ash lye water. Masa is used to make corn tortillas because cornmeal will not work well. Because of the process used to make Masa, it cannot be labeled as organic. Also, we have yet to find a Masa Harina manufacturer that uses organic corn. Some advertise that they are GMO-free. For the risk you are taking using non-organic corn products for anything these days, it hardly seems worth it unless you just have to have corn tortillas. An alternative is to roll out your flour tortillas on a bread board floured with organic cornmeal. The cornmeal will stick to the outside of the tortillas and when you fry them, it gives them a crunchy corn texture that is good for making chips. For more non-processed tips, sustainable living and healthy alternatives, see our Alternative Lifestyle Magazine, Circkles.com.

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