Homemade flour tortillas

As you may have read previously, in my posts, my hubby comes from a Mexican background.  I like to try Mexican/ Tex-Mex recipes for our family.  Today, I made homemade flour tortillas for the first time.  The hard part about this was choosing which recipe to use!  I found so many online and they were all similar.  Mr. was raised in San Antonio and he ordered a cookbook from one of the SanAntonio family restaurants, Los Barrios.  I decided to use their recipe for the tortillas.  This is their cookbook I am using.

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Every recipe I found is basically the same.  You will need flour, salt, baking powder, shortening or lard, and warm water.  That’s it.  Most combinations I found were pretty much the same proportion of ingredients.  I did find that you can use whole wheat flour to make whole wheat tortillas.  For today’s instructions, I just used regular all purpose flour.  Any search will give you the basic amounts.  I did not feel it was morally right to copy the Barrios’ recipe, as it was in a copyrighted book, but this basic recipe makes about 10 tortillas and has the same ingredients:

2 c. unsifted flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. warm water or more as needed
1 tsp. salt
1/4 c. shortening or lard

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First, Combine flour, salt, baking powder. Add shortening/lard and a little warm water stirring or mixing with hands until you get a soft dough.

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Divide into 8 -10 balls.

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Roll out on floured surface to 1/16-inch thick, about 6-7 inches diameter.

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This is what they look like after I roll.  I know the ones we buy in the store are all nice and round, and for the most part, uniform.  Well, mine look more like amoeba!

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On a hot grill or griddle, or pan, on medium-high, cook about 1 minute each side.   I used a non-stick skillet and did not add oil to the pan.

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I probably got some of them a little dark, but Mr. says he likes it that way, and giving him a pleasant experience is all I want to do with these tortillas.

Note: I used parchment paper on my surface to help with cleanup.  These had a very good taste.  I am making an authentic Mexican meal for dinner to go with these.  I will share my recipe for Picadillo Carne Molida con Papas.

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  1. Pingback: Picadillo de Carne Molida con Papas | Lori's Own Little World

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