Homemade Tortillas –These Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas are so much better than anything from the store. Homemade tortillas are extra soft, doughy, and chewy. And you can’t beat the taste.
Our guest chef for “Cooking with Milwaukee Community Leaders” is Jason Gonzalez. Jason has been the Executive Director of 4th Dimension Recovery since 2012.4D Recovery provides the support and guidance needed to navigate addiction recovery.
They help young adults find and maintain a recovery identity through peer mentorship, supportive housing, drop-in recovery centers, recovery events, and a leadership development program. One example of the success of the 4D program is our old friend, Orlando Pachecho. Orlando first came on our show with Kinship Community Food Center. As a graduate of 4D, he is now working as a chef at a James Beard award-winning Restaurant.
Homemade flour tortillas are so easy to make at home and pretty hard to mess up. No yeast and no rising time, it is very simple.
Just mix flour, baking powder, and salt together. Then, add hot water. Mix this until you get a soft dough mass. Then use your hands to knead the dough into a large, smooth ball. Divide the large dough ball into smaller dough balls, then roll each out using a rolling pin.
It is easier if you roll all the dough balls out before starting to cook the tortillas. This helps the process go much smoother.
If you have one, use a cast-iron skillet, then add a little olive oil. Many people don’t use oil to cook the tortillas, but I think you get a much better tortilla with just a small amount of oil in the pan. These are delicious warm, right off the skillet. These are great with fajitas, quesadillas, or tacos.
Do I need a tortilla press for homemade tortillas?
No, you don’t need a tortilla press to make this tortilla recipe. Although this tool does create even, round, thin tortillas, a rolling pin will work just as well.
Why don’t my homemade tortillas puff up when cooking?
Tortillas may not puff up if they are too thick or are cooked at a low temperature. You should roll out thin, even rounds into an approximate 7″ circle and cook over medium heat in a cast iron skillet.
- Cast Iron Pan
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.
- Stir in water and oil.
- Put on a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough.
- Let rest for 10 minutes.
- Divide dough into 8 round portions.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each small dough ball into a 7-in. circle.
- In a greased cast-iron skillet, cook tortillas over medium heat until lightly browned, about 1 minute on each side.
- Serve warm.
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