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.
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
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.
Divide into 8 -10 balls.
Roll out on floured surface to 1/16-inch thick, about 6-7 inches diameter.
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!
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.
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.