Monday, October 24, 2011

October Unprocessed: I am a Tortilla Maker!

It's true: I made flour tortillas from scratch!

They may not have been the most beautiful tortillas I have ever seen, but they sure were delicious!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening or 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup warm water (may possibly need to add more, up to 3/4 cup) or 1/2 cup milk (may possibly need to add more, up to 3/4 cup)

  1. Sift the flour, salt & baking powder into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Into the dry ingredients cut in the shortening, or add oil if you are using this option, & mix with your fingertips to combine.
  3. Add the milk or water, working the liquid into the dough until a sticky ball forms.
  4. Wrap in plastic and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Divide into 8-10 little balls.  Keep a damp cloth on top of them so they don't dry out.
  6. Lightly dust a counter or pastry board w/flour & roll out each ball of dough into a circle or oval approximately 1/4" thick. If you want nicely rounded tortillas, trim off any ragged edges & discard. Don't roll the dough out more than once or the tortillas will be tough.
  7. Heat a dry griddle or heavy skillet over high heat for 5 minutes. Cook the tortillas 30 seconds on each side or until the dough looks dry & slightly wrinkled & a few brown spots form on both surfaces. Do not over cook or they will be hard.
COST: 40 cents              COST PER TORTILLA (8): 5 cents
How's that for a money saver???


  1. I just found out about unprocessed October, I am going back to read all of them!! (Just found out I'm Gluten Intolerant!)

  2. What?! Oh no! I have found some great blogs for people like you... I will send them your way when I come across them again.

  3. Oh, my gosh! I have never made tortillas. It always seemed so hard! These look fabulous, though!

  4. I've never made homemade tortillas, but I've been thinking about it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This looks like a fun recipe to make. Love the cost too. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a great idea!! New to your blog and I absolutely love it! Great job :)


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