Indeed, I made flour tortillas. I can’t stand store bought tortillas. They’re chalk-like, strangely sticky, and just don’t taste right. They also have an incredibly long shelf life, which in my opinion can’t be good. Having lived in California, I was blessed to have handmade tortillas by little Mexican women. Now, I am blessed to have my tortilla supply given to me by Walmart! Not.
These tortillas were surprisingly easy to make. When I made them the first time, I couldn’t believe I had ever eaten store bought tortillas! It really was that easy.
If you have two able hands, the following ingredients, and a frying pan, try this recipe out.
2 cups white flour
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup warm water
1. In a bowl, combine your flour, shortening, and oil, and salt.
2. Cut the shortening and oil into your flour until the mixture is coarse.
3. Start adding water gradually, while mixing.
4. Once you have formed a shaggy dough, turn onto the counter and knead until smooth and elastic. This will take several minutes.
5. Once done kneading, cover loosely with saran wrap and let sit for 1 hour.
6. After 1 hour, cut your dough into golf sized pieces.
7. Heat up your frying pan over medium high heat.
8. Roll out the dough as thin as a normal tortilla (the thinner, the better in my opinion).
9. Toss onto the pan and let cook. It will start expanding.
10. Flip your tortilla after about 20 seconds (or until brown spots appear) and cook the other side.
11. Take a towel and keep your finished tortillas inside to keep warm.