Living in Austin, we have no shortage of places that have great tortillas, and we always have some stashed in the fridge for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Always having them, however, means we also always run through them pretty quickly, and there have been too many days where we’ve been without. I decided to finally embrace making tortillas at home.
Now, I’ll admit it takes a little bit of practice to get your tortilla method down, especially if you have never used a tortilla press before. A press is actually easier than using a rolling pin, but you need to use just the right amount of pressure and the right length of time to achieve the desired thickness.
I’ve used both lard and butter in my tortillas. I prefer lard, but only if I can get it from the local butcher – not those blocks from the grocery store. Good quality butter is a nice stand-in, though I don’t recommend shortening unless you must, as it doesn’t add any flavor to the tortillas.
This post is also a precursor to October Unprocessed, the monthlong challenge to avoid processed foods. While I cook most of our food at home, it’s sometimes shocking how easily convenience foods sneak into the kitchen and our diets.
Depending on your tortilla press, you might need to press more than once to get the thickness you like. A rolling pin can also be used, but be sure to not use too much flour or your tortillas can end up tough.
Tortillas are always best when they’re made right before eating, but you can cook up the whole batch in advance as well. Simply let them cool and store in an airtight container, then reheat on a griddle pan as needed.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter or lard
- 3/4 cup water
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Cut in butter or lard until mixture starts to clump together when squeezed.
- Mix in water a little at a time (you may use less depending on your flour) until a rough dough forms. Knead dough until it comes together and forms a ball.
- Let dough rest for 30 minutes.
- After resting, line a tortilla press with plastic wrap. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll each into a ball.
- Place one ball on the tortilla press and squeeze down for about 10 seconds. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Cook tortillas on a hot griddle for a minute or two on each side, then keep wrapped in a kitchen towel until ready to eat.
Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.
This month’s theme is Tex-Mex, hosted by Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen.
- Cheddar, Olive, Tomato Savory Madeleines – Life’s a Feast
- Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing – Jeanette’s Healthy Living
- Epic Creamy Chicken Enchiladas – Miss in the Kitchen
- Homemade tortillas – Stetted
- Tex Mex Rice with Bacon – The Heritage Cook
- Vegetable Fajitas –
- Pinto Beans with Fresh Tomato Relish – Never Enough Thyme
- Frozen Virgin Strawberry Margarita – Barbara Bakes
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