Flour Tortillas

Wheat TortillasToday we will take a look at Flour Tortillas. Flour tortillas are found mainly in Northern Mexico and the United States. Wheat is grown in the states of Sonora and Chihuahua, both of which boarder with the United States, the result being that flour tortillas are more common than corn tortillas in Northern Mexico.

Have you ever noticed a Mexican picking up a flour tortilla and smelling it and asking yourself why?  When tortillas are made in a tortillerias or tortilla factory, they add ingredients to prevent mold and help keep the tortilla feeling fresh. Often local restaurants will try to pass off their tortillas as being made fresh in their kitchen when in fact they buy them already made. Mexicans that make their own tortillas can tell with one sniff  if it is in fact made fresh daily at the restaurant. This little act alone will often determine if that customer will return to the restaurant again or not. Give a pack of tortillas the test the nest time you pass them in your local super market. There is a reason that they can set on the shelf for so long.

Making flour tortillas is really not hard to do, perhaps the hardest part is kneeding the dough.


5 cups of all-purpose flour, sifted

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of sea salt

scant 1/2 cup of lard or oil

1/2 cup of warm water

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a large glass bowl.                                             18034652_s

add the oil and stir, adding enough water to bring the flour together into a stiff dough.

Turn the dough onto a working surface and kneed it for 12 to 15 minutes, until it is elastic.

Place in the bowl and cover with a towel until you are ready to make the tortillas.

P1090425 Divide the dough into 12 to 15 even sized pieces and fold into balls using your fingers and the palms of your hand.  Place these back into the bowl and cover until all the balls are in the P1090423bowl and you are ready to proceed.

Using your fingers, start making a flat round surface, then roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface. Give the dough a quarter turn after each roll to keep the round shape. Keep P1090426rolling until the tortilla is between 10 and 12 inches wide.

Warm a large skillet and cook each tortilla over medium heat in an non-greased pan for about 45 seconds to a minute until the lower surface blisters and brown .P1090427

Turn over and cook the other side for about a minute.

Flip it back again and it will start to puff up..at that point it P1090431is done.

Remove from the heat and store the cooked tortilla in a clean dry dish towel or tortilla cloth while you cook the rest.

tortillas250Let the adventure begin. Do you have some leftover roast chicken or pot roast that you want to use up. Here is your meal. Grab a couple of tomatoes, some shredded lettuce, a little grated cheese and one of the salsas I have shown you. Heat up the left overs and declare it to be Taco night.

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6 Responses to Flour Tortillas

  1. Given my rare use (and disinclination to have flour in the pantry), I am thrilled that there are plenty of choices of kosher tortillas to fit my needs on those rare occasions when I use them in my cooking.
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    • Chef William says:

      It is good that you know where you can by kosher food when you want it. I respect the
      kosher label but do not always seek it out. My reasons are related to not being a pork
      eater, however mixing dairy with other products has never been a concern of mine and
      thus I have only one set of cookware in my kitchen
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  2. Well this looks do-able as far as technique is concerned. Time-wise? Not so much. In my next life…. :)
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  3. Amy

    Taco night with homemade tortillas–awesome idea, Chef!!
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    • Chef William says:

      and you get to secretly clean the refrigerator in the process. It has always worked well in our house.
      Being the master bread baker you are, I’m sure it will be no problem to make a few tortillas.
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