It couldn’t be any simpler to make your own homemade flour tortillas. Once you try it, you’ll never go back to store-bought.
These days, when it comes to food, I’ve become a bit of a snob. A brat. A down-right, uptight bitch. I don’t know when it happened but at some point, I made this transition from someone who didn’t care about buying store-bought items to someone who insisted on making everything at home. I realize how snotty that sounds and I feel a little bad about it. But why would you buy something when you could just as easily make it yourself? And most of the time, it tastes better than what you’d buy anyway.
Take these tortillas, for example. It takes all of 20 minutes to make them. A little rolling, a little frying and you’ve got tortillas. It probably takes less time to make them than for me to run to the store and buy them. And the taste? Infinitely better than pre-packaged. Plus you can cook them to your liking and really get creative with the flavors. The dough is pretty simple and can be adapted with any number of spices. But here, let’s just do it up plainly. A traditional tortilla shell that I stuffed to the brim with spiced chicken, cheese, guac, pico, more cheese and more guac.
Don’t let homemade foods – including these tortillas – daunt you. Most of the time, a little practice makes perfect. What foods do you make at home instead of buying?
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup warm water
- Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.
- Add in oil and mix until it forms coarse crumbs.
- Mix in water and stir well until it forms a cohesive dough. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead a few times. Place back into the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Turn the dough back onto the surface. Split into 12 equal pieces (use a cooking scale to measure, they should each be around 2 ounces. Measuring them by weight will keep them uniform in size). Roll the pieces into balls.
- Use a rolling pin and roll out each ball until they are about 6 to 7 inches around. Do not stack them, lay them flat individually.
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Do not put any oil on it. Once it is hot, place one tortilla into the pan and cook for about a minute. It will begin to bubbly and brown in places. Flip the tortilla.
- Allow it cook for about 30 seconds on the other side. It will be soft and will have brown spots on the other side as well. Remove and stack on a plate. Cover with a towel to keep warm.