Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Homemade Tortillas

My family LOVES tortillas (not the premade, packaged gross kind), but the ones from Costco that you bake yourself. Whenever I bought the packages of them at Costco (about $7 for a pack), we ate them within a week. A couple of months ago after a lunch at Cafe Rio (I visit them about every week), I remembered that I had a great recipe for tortillas that tasted much like the Cafe Rio ones. After finding the recipe, I made them. It had been a while since I had made them! They were soooo good! My family decided that they tasted better than the Costco cook yourself kind, and as good as Cafe Rio! Well, since that day, we have been making tortillas a couple times a week. Not only do they taste fantastic, they are very, very cheap to make. Even better! This is a great way to use your food storage! You can use whole wheat flour (for 1/2 the amount of the flour) if you desire. Pair these with some home-canned chicken mixed with taco seasoning (post on how to can your own meat coming), home canned black beans, cheese, salsa, lettuce, and sour cream, and you have a super yummy, inexpensive meal!

4 cups flour (can use 2 cups whole wheat if desired)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup oil

Mix in Kitchen Aid with wire beater until all of the oil is incorporated- mixture will look like crumbs. (I did mine in the food processor). Add 1 1/2 cups HOT water. Continue mixing with the dough hook until ball is formed. (If using food processor, mix until ball is formed as well). Let dough knead in mixer for 1-2 minutes. Divide dough into large golf ball sized balls. Cover blobs of dough with towel and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Roll out. Don't worry if they aren't perfect circles, they never are. Cook on dry, medium heat in pan until bubbles form on the tortilla, then turn over and continue cooking until done.

Blobs of dough, sitting for 10-15 minutes

Roll out dough into circles. Roll them as thin as you can, the dough is very elastic.

Cook on medium-hot griddle (ungreased!) for 10-20 seconds until bubbles form.

Turn over and finish cooking (another 10-20 seconds).

The finished product. You won't be able to eat just one. :)

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1 comment:

  1. Yum! I absolutely love your blog. Keep up the great work.