Homemade Flour Tortillas
If you’ve never made homemade flour tortillas before, you’re missing out on the softest and most tender flour tortilla you’ve ever had in your life! I can’t go back to store-bought tortillas now that I’ve made my own flour tortillas!
Something must be wrong with me. Everyone has been praising House of Cards and everyone has told me that I have to watch it and how addicting it is. This past weekend, my entire Facebook newsfeed was filled with statuses of people binge watching the newly released season two of House of Cards and/or of people who were, like me, watching it for the first time but subsequently getting hooked on it. I, on the other hand, felt as if I couldn’t watch anything more boring. I gave it three episodes and I finally just gave up and went upstairs to go to bed. Jason says he likes it and continued to watch it further but I really just couldn’t get into it. I guess I really don’t like political shows. My friend told me it’s kind of like West Wing back in the day, but I was never into that show nor cared for it so I guess I should’ve known I wouldn’t be into House of Cards either. It’s not as corrupt and dramatic as I want it to be. It’s nothing like Scandal or Homeland. Jason thinks I don’t like it because a lot of what goes on in the show is beneath the surface and not in my face kinda stuff. He’s probably right. I like crazy action!
I don’t know, maybe I’m not giving it enough of a chance, but I also don’t like shows that take forever to get into. Scandal took me three episodes (almost gave up on that, too; thankful I didn’t). Friday Night Lights, Nashville, and Homeland took only one episode for me to get hooked. I feel like shows need to hook you in the first episode. I don’t want to question my time investment in the show. I don’t want to force myself to keep watching and then be pissed off I wasted my time when I could’ve been spending my time doing something else. Downton Abbey lost me on the first episode so I have since stopped watching it. I guess that’s what bothers me – why do some shows take so long for you to get into and if it does take a few episodes to get into, how are people coming back for more if the first episode didn’t leave them with anything? I understand shows need to give you background info and grow the characters so you can get invested in them, yadda yadda, but sometimes it’s just dragged out too long for me. I’m just not cut out for slow-paced shows that take forever to get to the drama. I wish I could have the three hours I wasted on Saturday night back, lol
Totally not digging at anyone who loves House of Cards – it just isn’t for me and I tried so hard to like it! Argh :)
I can’t believe I’ve never made homemade flour tortillas until now. What was I thinking? They’re so incredibly easy (like ridiculously easy) and they taste SO MUCH BETTER than store-bought. They’re way softer and way more tender. I know that’s a weird word to describe a tortilla, but they were! I could’ve used one as a warm blanket. Ok, maybe not that far..but seriously, I feel like any Mexican dish would be elevated to the next level by using homemade flour tortillas. I don’t ever want to buy store-bought again. Next time, I’m going to make a large batch of these homemade flour tortillas and then freeze them! Pretty sure when you make these yourself, you won’t ever want to go back to those store-bought kind. They’re just not the same. Trust me.
Once you’ve made these homemade flour tortillas, you should use them for these recipes:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup warm water
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix on low for 30 seconds until dry ingredients are incorporated.
- With the mixer running at medium speed, add the vegetable oil and warm water.
- Continue to mix on low until mixture starts to come together and starts to form a smooth ball.
- Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and divide dough until you get approximately 16 fairly equal portions then shape each portion into a ball then gently, using the palm of your hand, flatten out the dough.
- Cover flattened dough with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 15 minutes before proceeding.
- After dough has rested, heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
- Roll each dough piece into a 6-inch diameter circle on lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin. Do not stack uncooked tortillas on top of each other.
- When the pan is hot, place one dough circle in the middle of the pan and let cook for 1 minute OR until the surface of the dough starts to bubble and the bottom starts to brown. At that point, flip it and cook the same way on the other side, but for slightly less time, 20-30 seconds. You want the tortilla soft and to have little brown spots on it. You don’t want to cook the tortilla too much that it becomes crispy.
- Place cooked tortillas on a plate. You can stack them on top of each other to cool.
- If you’re freezing them, wait til the tortillas are completely cool before storing them in a ziploc bag. If you using them immediately, go for it!