Hubby and I both love Mexican food. Hubby’s particularly found of burritos, so after making up a huge batch of refried black beans last week, I decided to try my hand at homemade flour tortilla wraps.
After three attempts, and a stock pot’s worth of the refried beans, I am finally ready unveil my recipe. It is really simple, and they taste divine. Don’t be spooked by the fact that kneading is required, it’s really not hard to do and I’ve decided that kneading is going to replace lifting weights as my upper body workout. Think of all the time that you can save at the gym. If you put on a great cd, it goes quickly and you get to dance while you’re working.
Homemade Flour Tortillas
makes approximately 10 tortillas, double as necessary
- 2 C flour
- 2 Tbs oil, butter, or lard (lard is traditional, but oil has been working fine for me)
- 3/4 C water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Put flour in mixing bowl and add oil. Stir to combine.
- Dissolve salt in lukewarm water.
- Add 1/2 C of the water to the flour mixture and mix with spoon until the water is fully mixed in.
- Put on a wooden cutting board (or counter top) and knead with your hands, adding a little water at a time. Make sure that you don’t add so much that the dough sticks a lot to your fingers. Keep doing this until the water is added and the dough ball looks smooth and has few or no lumps. This should take 7-12 minutes.
- Break off golf ball sized pieces and roll them into balls. Put into a bowl and cover for 30 minutes to let the gluten rest.
- After letting the dough rest, heat a dry frying pan to medium-low heat.
- Put a little flour down (to keep the balls from sticking) and roll each ball out with a rolling pin to about 5-7 inches in diameter, adding flour to the work surface and ball as needed.
- You can cook as you roll out the next tortilla. Cook the tortilla on each side until it bubbles and light brown spots form on the cooked side.
- Wrap the cooked tortillas in a clean kitchen towel as soon as each is done to keep warm for serving.
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