Delicious Homemade Flour Tortillas

There is nothing like soft, delicious homemade flour tortillas wrapped around fresh ingredients.  For soft tacos, burritos, wraps and so much more.  We love the fact that we can put fresh wholesome ingredients in them and not have to worry about chemicals, soy, preservatives, and more found in the store-bought alternatives.

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We love a good burrito or a soft taco or fajita but because of the unhealthy ingredients in the store-bought tortillas, we had to stop eating them. We could not find one without unhealthy fats, soy, or chemicals. Then we found this recipe and it changed that!  

Some things that make it easier is a tortilla press. This works well for taco size tortillas and makes making a circle so much easier.  They also have them for the larger burrito or wrap size but we don’t have one.  If you click the link to it below it will show you the choices on Amazon. We also bought a cast iron tortilla griddle and it makes cooking the homemade flour tortillas even easier.  You can use a regular cast iron pan or just use what you have but cast-iron makes a beautiful tortilla and no fat is needed to do it.

Can I Make My Homemade Flour Tortillas Gluten-Free?

We have not tried it but you could use an all-purpose Gluten-Free flour like Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour in a measure for measure (1:1) ratio replacing the regular flour in the recipe. Let us know how they turn out!

Do Tortillas Contain Any Dairy?

No, these flour tortillas do not contain any dairy.

Why Are My Homemade Flour Tortillas Are Hard?

The main reason that tortillas get hard is that they are overcooked. Try not cooking them as long or turning down the heat so that the tortillas don’t dehydrate. Also, keep them in a sealed container and do not leave them out in the open air.  This will help them not to dry out.

What Can I Substitute For Lard In My Tortillas?

Lard is traditionally used for tortillas, but we use organic shortening or good coconut oil for ours.

What Is The Best Fat To Use For Tortillas?

Well, Lard is what is normally used to make a good and well-textured tortilla. We have found that a good organic shortening (non-soy) or coconut oil works well too. 

Are Flour Tortillas Healthy? If Not, Why Are Flour Tortillas Bad For You? 

Flour tortillas at the store are filled with soy, unhealthy fats, and preservatives. This is why we love to make our own.  

Do Mexican Restaurants Use Flour Tortillas?

Flour tortillas are used for burritos at Mexican Restaurants.  They also use them for the bowl portion of taco salads. 

Are Tortillas Good For Weight Loss?

Tortillas make a perfect wrap for meats and salads.  They can be made with gluten-free flours for a lower carbohydrate option or for those with allergies.

What Is The Pan You Cook Tortillas On Called?

It is called a tortilla comal and it really does make great tortillas. 

Can You Cook Tortillas In A Cast Iron Skillet?

Yes, we have found this is the easiest way.  We now have a tortilla comal for making our tortillas but a normal cast iron skillet or griddle will work wonderfully as well. 

Do You Oil The Pan When You Make Tortillas?

We do not oil our cast iron pans when making homemade flour tortillas. The tortillas do not stick to the cast iron. You may need to if you use other pans. 

How Do I Make My Tortillas Thinner?

For thin tortillas, I would use a tortilla press.  Press once and then rotate the tortilla 180 degrees or a half turn and press using your tortilla press again. Then remove the tortilla in the wax paper or plastic wrap. Carefully take the wax paper or plastic wrap off of the tortilla and then, using two hands to hold the shape of the tortilla, place it carefully on the heated pan or griddle. 

Can You Fry Flour Tortillas In Olive Oil?

Yes, you could fry your homemade flour tortillas in olive or other oil. Cut them also in triangles and make delicious fried chips with them. Serve with salsa, guacamole or your favorite dip.

 

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What You Will Need For Homemade Flour Tortillas

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Homemade Flour Tortillas Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of unbleached All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon good Salt (we use Celtic brown or Himalayan pink salt)
  • 4 tablespoon Lard, Organic shortening or unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup of HOT water

Directions:

  • In a large bowl mix your flour, baking powder, and salt.  
  • Measure in your fat and mix with your fingers until crumbly.  
  • Heat your water and add it to the flour.  
  • Use a spoon to mix in and then as it cools off a bit use your hands. 
  • Knead the dough for 2 minutes
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls for burrito size tortillas, more for taco size.
  • Heat up your pan
  • Using a rolling pin roll out circles.
  • If you are using a tortilla press then place wax paper or plastic wrap on the bottom of the press. Put your dough in the center and use your hand to lightly press into a flattened circle. Place another piece of wax paper or plastic wrap over the top of the dough and close the press and bring the lever over pressing them out.  
  • Open the press and remove the plastic-wrapped tortilla
  • Take the tortilla off the plastic wrap or waxed paper
  • Hold the tortilla with two hands and put it flatly on the pan.
  • Cook for 2 minutes
  • Turn to the opposite side – cook for two minutes. 
  • Remove the tortilla and place it in a container with a lid or on a tray covered with a clean cloth to keep warm. 
  • Repeat the process for all of your tortillas. 
  • Serve warm 
  • Keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container, for future use.

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Delicious Homemade Flour Tortillas

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Delicious homemade flour tortilla recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp good salt (we use Celtic brown or Himalayan pink salt)
  • 4 Tbsp Lard, Organic shortening or unrefined coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup of HOT water

Instructions

In a large bowl mix your flour and salt.  
Measure in your fat and mix with your fingers until crumbly.  
Heat your water and add it to the flour.  
Use a spoon to mix in and then as it cools off a bit use your hands. 
Knead the dough for 2 minutes
Divide the dough into 8 balls for burrito size tortillas, more for taco size.
Heat up your pan
Using a rolling pin roll out circles.
If you are using a tortilla press then place wax paper or plastic wrap on the bottom of the press. Put your dough in the center and use your hand to lightly press into a flattened circle. Place another piece of wax paper or plastic wrap over the top of the dough and close the press and bring the lever over pressing them out.  
Open the press and remove the plastic-wrapped tortilla
Take the tortilla off the plastic wrap or waxed paper
Hold the tortilla with two hands and put it flatly on the pan.
Cook for 2 minutes
Turn to the opposite side - cook for two minutes. 
Remove the tortilla and place it in a container with a lid or on a tray covered with a clean cloth to keep warm. 
Repeat the process for all of your tortillas. 
Serve warm 
Keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container, for future use.

Notes

Keep the dough covered with plastic wrap or in a sealed zipper bag or Tupperware as you work to keep the dough moist.

 


 

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