Homemade Tortilla Recipe
There are many tortilla recipes floating around online. Notably among them are homemade corn tortillas and, of course, the mouthwatering homemade flour tortillas. When made properly, this snack is quite tender and soft, yet sturdy and pliable – a perfect base for burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, all quite easy to throw together. If you are tempted into making your very own homemade tortilla, the below recipe will ensure you most likely won’t be going for the store-bought variety ever again.
What Is Tortilla?
A tortilla is a tasty snack of Mexican origin made with flour, baking powder, lard or oil, salt, and water. The dough is made into very thin pizza crusts that are cooked until golden brown dots are formed on both sides.
Your Flour Tortilla Recipe From Scratch
The total time for making this scrumptious Mexican snack is one hour divided between thirty minutes of preparation time and thirty minutes of cooking time. Really simple and quite fast! For 16 servings of homemade tortillas, you will need the following ingredients;
- All-purpose flour – 3 cups
- Salt – 1 tsp
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Olive oil – 1/3 cup
- Water – (must be hot) – 1 cup
Directions for Using the Stand Mixer
- As opposed to mixing with hand, use a stand mixer bowl filled with all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. With the aid of the fitted dough hook, mix the trio until they are well combined.
- While the mixer runs at medium speed, add some water and oil and mix for a minute or two. Be sure to scrape the mixing bowl down as you go. The speed of the mixer should be reduced when the dough starts to form a ball; but the mixing continues for another couple of minutes or so, or simple until when you are satisfied with the result.
Instructions for Mixing With Hand
- Grab a large mixing bowl and throw in some flour, baking powder, and salt. Briefly whisk the trio, then add the oil and continue stirring until the mixture closely resembles coarse crumbs.
- Now it is time to add some hot water and continue mixing. Your hands should be well-floured as you knead, until everything blends into a craggy or rough dough.
Now, Let’s Get the Ball Rolling
- After mixing the dough, transfer it onto a flat surface that is well-floured. Since we are targeting 16 servings, the dough should be divided into 16 portions. Each portion should be rolled into a ball, after which you then slightly flatten each one with your palms. The flattened balls need to be covered with a neat kitchen towel and allowed to sit for fifteen minutes to one hour.
- When it’s nearing cook time, grab a heavy-bottomed skillet or a large-sized cast-iron and warm it over medium-high heat.
- With your work surface lightly floured, use an equally floured rolling pin to roll flattened dough balls into circles – six inches in diameter should be perfect. While rolling, avoid stacking the tortillas on each other – this will only make it difficult to transfer them into the waiting pan. If your staging area is not enough, use parchment paper with a light sprinkling of flour as additional space.
- Now that the skillet is hot, and it is time to transfer the tortillas one by one into the pan. When cooking, ensure that the bottom of your tortillas cook for at least one minute until tiny bubbles and brownish spots start forming. However, the heat might need to be increased if the cooking time for one side exceeds a minute. On the other hand, if the tortillas are browning too quickly, the heat must be reduced. Once you are satisfied with one side, flip, and allow the other side to cook for about half a minute.
- Once cooked, grab the pan off the heat and stack the tortillas, wrapping them loosely using a kitchen towel. This way, the delicious snack will be kept soft, warm, pliable and slightly chewy.
- Serving is best done immediately, or you can allow the tortillas to cool and store for future use.
Tips for the Best Homemade Tortillas
Making tortillas is not just about gathering the right ingredients; there are a good number of tips that can guarantee success if adhered to.
- Mixing your ingredients: When mixing your ingredients, hot water works best. What’s more, it should be as hot as possible. However, boiling water should not be used so as not to scald your hands.
- Rolling the dough: Each tortilla should be rolled on the entire surface, including the edges. This way, you will be able to get a uniform thickness, which is important for making well-formed burritos later. Another important tip on rolling is that thick tortillas can never be as tender as thin ones; so, try and roll them to be pretty thin, such that they are nearly translucent when exposed to bright light.
- Cooking your tortillas: Flipping over the tortillas should only be done once; this means you will have to wait for one side to be cooked before turning it over.
- In place of olive oil, lards or coconut oil can suffice. Just add it to the dough before kneading.
- If the dough turns out springy or too tough to roll, relax it by allowing a few minutes of rest.
- The secret of making your tortillas tender is to watch them closely, adjusting temperature and cooking time, if necessary.
- If you end up with stiff tortillas, it means that they were overcooked. There are various reasons for this; however, most likely, it could be that the heat was too high, or they were cooked longer than necessary.
- If you have a tortilla warmer or toaster handy, it makes things a lot easier when it comes to storage. You can use such warmers to stack your cooked tortillas to retain the softness. The warmer can also come in handy when it is serving time. However, acquiring this kitchen utensil is not compulsory; in its place, a covered pot can suffice. Just transfer the cooked snack to the pot and close the lid. By doing so, your tortillas will remain very soft and pliable thanks to the residual steam that will be trapped within – in fact, this is similar to what a warmer does.
- Additionally, since the dough can be rolled out easily, acquiring a tortilla press may not be necessary. You will simply need to use a damp towel to wipe the pan out as you cook since flour tends to accumulate.
How to Store Tortillas
After serving, if you still have some leftover tortillas, or it happened that you made a little extra for later use, the following instructions offer the best way to store your tortillas so that they remain soft and tasty.
- First, allow the tortillas to cool completely.
- Next, grab a zip-top bag, preferably a plastic one, and place the tortillas inside.
- Seal and store at room temperature. This way, the snack will be able to last for a few days.
Many people prefer to store tortillas in the refrigerator using the same plastic sealable bag. Alternatively, you can also freeze these versatile snacks for up to two months or even three. However, you must first separate them using sheets of waxed paper or parchment paper before storing them inside the zip-top bag.
How to Reheat Homemade Tortillas
Stored or refrigerated tortillas can be reheated in a couple of ways.
- The stove can suffice; just place them on a pan and use low heat, in the same fashion as you would when making fresh tortillas.
- The second method is the microwave oven. However, before placing them inside, be sure to have them wrapped in moist paper towels. Fifteen to twenty seconds in the microwave should suffice, or they can sit until they are properly warmed to your taste. Some people will prefer to add some shredded chicken, cheese, and beans on top of each tortilla before microwaving. For sure, the cheese and chicken serve as great fillings for the tortillas, but you can also explore several other tortilla filling recipes online.
The Best Ways to Enjoy Your Homemade Tortillas
- Tortillas can be used for burritos, quesadillas, tacos, tostadas, enchiladas and more. There are literally dozens of different ways to eat this tasty snack!
- One cool fact about this Mexican delicacy is that you can actually make them into wonderful thin-crust pizzas. A light brush of olive oil is all you need, with any toppings of your choice ranging from mozzarella, pesto, bits of smokey bacon, fresh herbs, pine nuts, and a whole lot more. Just pop it everything into a hot oven for five minutes, or let it cook until it turns golden brown.
- During the week, if you come home too tired to prepare a meal, your stash of frozen tortillas will serve as a consolation meal. Just rustle up a bowl of fresh salad to go alongside the tortillas, and the entire family will be satisfied!
- Tortillas can also serve as fantastic wraps for your favorite sandwich fillings.
- Ever heard of homemade flour tortillas with butter? You can actually make a quick yummy treat from these pizza crusts by smearing them with wither butter and salt or butter plus sprinkled cinnamon sugar.
- How to Make Tortillas From Scratch – Institute of Culinary Education