February 6, 2013

Homemade Tortillas

THIS is my favorite homemade flour tortilla recipe. I used to make tortillas with shortening and then one day I decided to use olive oil instead. The end result is a tortilla that stays soft. Yeah, that's right. These are going to change your life. 

By the way, store bought tortillas are nothing compared to fresh, warm homemade ones. We never buy store bought. EVER. You shouldn't either. After you try these you won't want to.

Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas made with olive oil #recipe www.the-taste-tester.com

Homemade Tortillas

Recipe Source: © The Taste Tester

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup good quality olive oil
3/4 cup hot water

Combine the dry ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Using a hand mixer, add in the olive oil just until it makes the dry ingredients crumbly. Add the hot water little by little until your dough is soft and shiny but not sticky (sometimes I need all of the water, sometimes I don't--- you may even need a little more than 3/4 cup depending on humidity). Divide the dough into eight balls of the same size.  

Lightly flour a clean surface and a rolling pin. Use the rolling pin to roll each ball of dough into a 6-8" tortilla. You can also use a tortilla press. By the way, David (my husband) if you are reading this I'd like a tortilla press for my birthday. Please and thank you!

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook each tortilla for 1 minute on the first side. It should bubble up. Flip and cook for about 30 seconds on the second side. Remove to a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm. For best results store tortillas in a ziploc bag at room temperature (they stay softer this way) though you can also refrigerate them. I usually make them in large quantities and freeze them.

Serves: 8
Calories: 215
Carbs: 28g

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Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas made with olive oil #recipe www.the-taste-tester.com

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  1. We make our whole wheat tortillas with olive oil too - love them. These look incredible and I'll be really excited to try them soon.

    I've been itching for a tortilla press.... maybe one day!

    1. I really want a tortilla press too. I guess it's not so bad rolling them out by hand but it would be nice to have one! I need to try making these with whole wheat flour.

  2. I SOOOOOOO want to tortilla press, too! I get so tired rolling the tortillas out, but maybe because I'm not cooking or baking as much as I'd like. Out of practice. Seeing how we live somewhat close.....maybe I should come over and have you help me (or vise versa) make some of these! I'm always looking for a great tortilla recipe.

  3. Unfortunately, a tortilla press is better for forming corn tortillas, not flour ones. I have a press like the one you want, and the flour tortillas still come out too thick (great for making "sopes", though!). You would still need to roll them out a bit more, but at least they will be rounder :).

    I think your tortillas already look perfect. I also love the fact that you used olive oil in place of shortening. brava! :)

  4. Thank you for this recipe. Thought I had some in the house and didn't. Excited to make this recipe. I'm a Mormon too.


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