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How-to Make tortillas from scratch

Why pay more for store-bought tortillas when you can make fresh, delicious ones at home? Surprisingly simple to make, they turn a basic meal into something special. So grab a rolling pin and get ready to enjoy homemade tortillas warm from the pan.
Surprisingly simple!
How-to Make tortillas from scratch

Ingredients:

  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus a little extra for rolling the tortillas
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup very warm tap water

Directions:

1

Step 1

Measure out your flour into a medium bowl. Make sure to fluff up the flour before putting it in the cup measure to ensure that it is not packed down in the cup. Stir in the salt.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

2

Step 2

Place the shortening into the bowl...

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

… and use your hands to squeeze and work all of it into the flour. There should be no large pieces of shortening visible when you are done.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

3

Step 3

Make 3/4 cup of very warm tap water...

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

... and work it into the flour with a fork until it starts to form a dough.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

4

Step 4

Turn the dough out onto a counter...

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

... and knead until it has started to smooth out. This will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

5

Step 5

Roll or squeeze the dough into a log and cut into 12 equal pieces.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

6

Step 6

Place in a zip-closed bag and leave it for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 hours. This lets the dough rest and makes it easier to roll out. You can use this time to prep all the yummy fillings for the tortillas.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

7

Step 7

Roll out the tortillas into 7-inch circles. Start by flattening the dough with your hand, and then flip and turn the tortillas as you roll it to make an even circle.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

8

Step 8

Preheat a frying pan to medium high. The tortilla should sizzle when it touches the pan. Use a timer (like the one on your phone) to time 30 seconds for each side of the tortilla. The tortilla should bubble up a bit during the first 30 seconds. Flip it and use the spatula to gently press it down during the next 30 seconds to help it cook.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

9

Step 9

As you cook the tortillas, keep the finished ones stacked in an aluminum foil package. This keeps them warm and creates steam which makes them soft.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

10

Step 10

Once you've cooked them all, load them up with your favorite toppings.

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

I love avocado, tomatoes and cheddar, but you can put anything you want in there! They are great for breakfast wraps or even with just a smear of peanut butter and jelly. Use your imagination and enjoy!

How-to Make tortillas from scratch

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