An easy recipe for homemade tortillas

Homemade tortillas are surprisingly easy to make. Last night I had all the ingredients for chicken and bean burritos, but no tortillas. Instead of making an emergency trip to the grocery store (which I’m trying to cut down on), I pulled out my Flatbreads and Flavors cookbook by travel writers Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. I found a recipe for “Wheat-Flour Tortillas” and soon had some delicious, warm, chewy tortillas on the table that were much better than any store-bought ones. Give them a try and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Wheat-Flour Tortillas

Fresh homemade wheat tortillas
Fresh homemade wheat tortillas

2 cups flour (I used half white, half whole-wheat)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp corn oil
1/2-3/4 cup warm water

Mix flour and salt. Sprinkle on the oil and blend in thoroughly. Gradually add 1/2 cup warm water, stirring with a fork to moisten the dough evenly. If it’s too dry, add a bit more. Gather the dough into a ball, turn out onto work surface, and knead briefly. The dough should be neither particularly wet nor especially dry, but easily kneadable.

Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Flatten each between lightly floured palms to a disc approximately 3 inches in diameter. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

Heat an 8-inch or larger cast-iron pan over medium-high heat until very hot. On a lightly floured surface, using a rolling pin, roll out a tortilla to 7-8 inches in diameter. Place tortilla on the pan; if it’s sufficiently hot, the first side should cook and become speckled with brown in approximately 45 seconds.Turn it and cook for 45 seconds longer. Remove and wrap in a kitchen towel. Repeat with the rest of dough. Serve warm with fillings of choice.

Loaded up with chicken, black beans with cumin, cheese, and salsa
Loaded up with chicken, black beans with cumin, cheese, and salsa

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Chickpea, Feta and Carrot Fritters
Flank Steak Tacos with Spicy Sour Cream
Grilled Eggplant Burgers

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6 thoughts on “An easy recipe for homemade tortillas

  1. Ooh yum! It’s funny the things we are used to buying that are actually SO easy to make. I make our chapatis – and they look almost identical to your tortillas! The other thing that we all love is home made peanut butter…the simplest recipe. I started making it because my favourite brand costs a fortune here and the only stuff that’s affordable is the dodgy cheap stuff which is crammed with sugar.

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