Thursday, June 14, 2012

Homemade Flour Tortillas Without Lard


I have lived in Texas for nearly 14 years and never made tortillas from scratch until a couple days ago. It's just so easy to throw a pack of 20 into the cart at the grocery. And I must confess, I grew up in Ohio where the only "Mexican" cuisine to be had was Taco Bell or for a homemade cultural experience, hard shells filled with greasy ground beef seasoned with a mysterious flavor packet from a box (ick). And tor-tee-ya was pronounced tor-till-a. I thought there must be something difficult about making them from scratch. I am a true Texas convert now. The boys and I will only eat homemade from now on. They are easy, though perhaps a little time consuming, and much better than store bought. I think next time I will get the boys involved. It would be a great family activity.

I used the left over broth from boiling the tofu cutlets to cook up a batch of black beans, adding a bit of garlic, cumin, pepper, thyme, and salt to season them. The black beans made a perfect filling for the fresh tortillas. No one complained when we had leftovers the next night. In fact, my oldest son had so many compliments for the chef this momma was beaming.

Put on your apron, pull out the flour, and make up a batch of tor-tee-ya's tonight.

Homemade Tortillas

3 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup canola oil
1 cup hot water

Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together thoroughly. Add the oil and mix with your hands until the flour mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add hot water and mix until a ball is formed. Cover and let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes. (If leaving overnight, place in refrigerator)

Divide dough into 12 even sized balls and roll out one at a time on a floured surface. Brush off excess flour and cook on a hot, ungreased griddle (I love my cast iron) over medium high heat. Turn the tortilla when brown blisters form. Serve warm.



50 comments:

  1. About how big should I roll them out and are they suppose to bubble up?

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    1. Yes it is supposed to bubble. Make as large as you prefer and as large as your pan will accommodate

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  2. The balls of dough should roll out into about the size of standard store bought tortillas. Yes, they do bubble up. You can kind of see the bubbled spots in the bottom pic.

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  3. I made this tonight for my husband and my 4 kids. It was fast, easy, and delicious! Thank you!

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  4. This looks like a good tecipe, I will use a safflower or sunflower oil instead of canola- canola oil is rapeseed and should never be heated, heated it has been linked to MS.

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    1. Neither should sunflower or safflower, they are mainly Omega 6. Go for peanut or coconut oils, nut oils are perfect for heating and baking!

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    2. Checked with Snopes and other reliable sites. Canola is indeed rapeseed oil; however, there is nothing wrong with it. Since 1978, rape (which is a member of the mustard family, as are turnips, watercress, and cabbage) has been crossbred to produce an oil very low in erucic acid and that has less saturated fats than any other oil and is outdone only by olive oil for the levels of monosaturated fats. The name "canola" comes from a blend of Canada and oil and came about to get away form the negative connotation of the word "rape." Canola oil is a healthy oil, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society advises to use (in moderation in order to keep a healthy weight) either olive oil or canola oil. No oil should be heated beyond its smoke point, but that's not the same thing as using it as an ingredient.

      Sadly, articles online can be written by anyone and can spread all sorts of bad information. Please, always checkout these so-called facts by going to reliable sources. Not every doctor who writes and article and posts it is correct...or even actually a doctor!

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    3. I would NOT believe SNOPES.com. That site is based on their OWN opinion NOT FACTS.. They even admitted that themselves after they got caught changing facts on some of the 9/11 stuff.

      If you are going to research something you should RESEARCH it .. NOT take another websites WORD for it.

      I am a Naturopath doctor and I know Canola OIL is NOT a healthy oil. It is bad on your health and is a by product. I have done my research and like windwisdom states.. IT causes MAJOR health issues.

      Just like Soy oil.. (whole other beast) It is spun as Healthy because they have too much of the crap left in Canada.. Canada came up with a great idea.. Lets sell this Cancer causing oil to the American's and we will change the name from RAPESEED to Canola.. (Canada's oil of death to America) and that is how we got Canola Oil..

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    4. You can call yourself a Naturopath, but not a Naturopath Doctor. You are NOT a doctor.

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    5. how strange is it that my doctor told me its best i use canola for my health? explain that one to me please

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    6. trust your Doctor not some Quack on the internet

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    7. If you were to take a nutrition class, then you would understand that canola oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids. You could also learn that it has a very high smoking point, which makes it perfect for cooking (i.e. searing, sauteing).
      Using it has not been linked to MS. The only real positive relationships with developing MS are cigarette smoking and living in more northern latitudes (thought to be due to a decreased amount of vitamin D from less sun exposure).
      Don't spread false information, especially when you are recommending someone not use a healthy alternative to other oils. Palm and coconut oils are high in saturated fats - no matter how many companies are taking advantage of the hullabaloo over them at the moment.
      Become educated.

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    8. I believe any "oil" that is man made is bad for you. Y would man have to "make" oil when we can get it naturally. Doctors are idiots and tell people things based on their opinions. Canola oil is really bad for you. please research this for yourself. America is dooming all of us to die of cancer and dieses. help yourself by eating non manmade foods and unprocessed all natural food.

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    9. I think I will use lard... Because of all the "Lard as**s" posting on here... Just make the tortillas or shut up... it is a good recipe! Mama said - "If you don't have anything nice to say - Then shut the "expletive" up!!!

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    10. I looked for this recipe becuase it has all ingredients I have in my himble kitchen... no lard, no coconut oil, no peanut oil... just flour, baking powder, water snd sunflower oil. If I die because of 5tortillas I'll die with a smile! Cheers from Europe :)

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    11. Cheers to you, Valdo! Glad they made you smile.

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  5. I made these torts today & I loved them! Thank you for a great & simple recipe

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  6. You are welcome! I just noticed I posted this entry exactly a year ago today and it has turned out to be my most popular post. I need to make up a batch to celebrate :)

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  7. I am making these as I type. The dough is resting right now and cannot wait to surprise my husband. He's been wanting me to make flour tortillas for a while now. Thanks for the recipe.

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  8. My husband is starting to want tortillas and wraps over bread for lunches. As I make our bread homemade, vs. store bought, I'd like to know if this recipe can be stored, ratger than made and served immediately?

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    1. Jessica, They should store fine if you put them in an airtight container or wrap in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. I have had no problems storing them this way :)

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  9. Thank you..cant wait to try these....

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  10. going to try these asap! looks good :)

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  11. Just made them, but I put a little Adobo and black pepper. AMAZING! Best tortillas I've ever had. Thanks for the post :-)

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  12. I was so excited to find this. I started making fajitas when I realized I was missing the part that holds the whole dinner together! I kept finding recipes that had lard in them and that sounds gross so this is a life saver. Thank you for posting this!

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  13. These are wonderful! I've made traditional masa tortillas for years, but held off on flour ones because of the lard/shortening. I made these tonight using EVOO, and will probably never use store bought again. They made the BEST quesadillas.

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  14. Had them tonight and I am pretty sure I will never eat another store bought tortilla ever. These are so much better.

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  15. These are so easy and yummy! Thanks!

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    1. I haven't tried olive oil, but I am sure it would work. It may change the taste a bit.

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  17. I'm a college student and might i add that besides delicious! these are also super cheap to make!

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  19. Can I use bleached flour instead ?

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    1. Yes, you can use bleached flour.

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    2. Why would you want to eat BLEACH products?

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  20. I found this site right after finding your site. Which is perfect! Homemade Refried Beans..

    http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/03/how-to-make-homemade-refried-beans.html#_a5y_p=671206

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  21. These turned out wonderful! I just had EVOO on hand, and it worked great. Thank you!

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  22. awesome recipe! made them tonight and they were delicious...

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  23. Has anyone tried using coconut oil instead? I have plenty that I haven't been able to use and I would love making these tortillas with it.

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  24. I add garlic powder, onion powder, dried chives and white pepper powder to the flour before adding the wet ingredients and it made the tortillas so much more flavorful. I recommend adding your favorite seasons to the flour.

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  25. can I use whole wheat flour? how long will these stay fresh in the refrige?

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  26. I made these tonight for the first time to go alongside a slow cooked beef chilli con carne. Here in Western Australia, I grew up on nuclear orange sachets of seasoning & thick, sickly sweet packet tortillas-I tasted one of these as soon as I made one, and thought "is this how it's supposed to taste?!' These are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I knew I didn't want to use lard as other recipes suggested, these were so simple to make and taste so good!

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  27. Do people even realize that some doctors are not even aware of which oils have omega 3 or 6 and in what ration and what health effects is has on anyone?

    Doctors are not real doctors, many of them, any longer, they are contractors who dole out pills but they are not healers.

    Trust chemistry and your own good research - if something looks strange to you on examination, trust YOU.

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  28. I have an electric tortilla press that I love. Made in Mexico heavy duty. Looks like two chrome plates. http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Tortilla-tortillas-christmas-crispiest/dp/B005G4911Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1396662636&sr=8-3&keywords=electric+tortilla+press

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  29. I love this :) even tried experimenting with the dough... adding some seasoning to it. Thank you so much!

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