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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Do You Love Homemade Flour Tortillas?

Hello everyone!

The questions is this, "Do you love homemade flour tortillas?"  Well, I know I do.  If you have ever wanted to make some but didn't know how than read on and I will share the recipe with you.  I have to add a little disclaimer here.  I cheat use an electric tortilla press that not only presses but also cooks the tortilla for you.  If you have one than GREAT, read on.  If you don't well, go out and buy one, read on anyway and I'll tell you how to make one without a press.  Ever since I started making my own tortillas, I have had a really hard time buying the ones in the store.  In fact, I think I have only done this a couple of times in the last few years.  They just don't taste the same.  Once you start making them, you will be hooked as well.  So here goes the recipe:

FLOUR TORTILLAS  (makes about 10-12 tortillas depending on the size you make)

2 cups flour (you can also use whole wheat but I would suggest going half white & half whole wheat)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 to 3 1/2 Tbsp. oil
2/3 to 3/4 cup hot water

I use a food processor and it makes the dough in nothing flat.  First put the flour, baking powder and salt in the processor and pulse it a couple of times to blend.  Then add the oil and do the same.  Next add water.  I usually pulse as I'm adding the water.  You will see it all pull away from the sides and start to form a ball of dough.  This is what you want.  When you see it turn to a ball, you are done.  The next thing you want to do is get out a cookie sheet and add a thin dusting of flour.  Roll out your dough into individual balls approximately  a little bigger than the size of a golf ball.  Place on floured tray, cover with a towel and let rest for 20-30 minutes.  You can let them sit up to an hour but they tend to work better if you at least let then rest for the 20-30 minutes. 
While they are resting, preheat your tortilla press.  Make sure your press is good and hot before you start or they will stick.  It only takes about 30-40 seconds per side to cook these.  So if you use the processor and let them rest for the shorter time, you can have fresh, warm, homemade tortillas within an hour.  YUM!

While on the press.

 Plate full of yummy tortillas!

I just love to sneak one while they're hot.  I add  butter and salt and roll it up! Mmmm, good!
(This picture courtsey of my 9 year old daughter)

Now for you none press owning people out there.  It doesn't take that much longer for you.  You will do everything the same up until the point where you would put them on the press.  At this point you will need a floured surface so you can roll them out by hand with a rolling pin.  Then you just cook them on a flat skillet or griddle.  It just takes a little more muscle and they don't always turn out good and round but they still taste just as yummy.
The picture above of the plate of tortillas is actually 2 batches.  I will give you a hint here.  Don't double the recipe.  I have tried this and for some reason they just don't turn out the same.  Since it is so fast to do the dough in the food processor, I just do it twice (or three or four :) ).  I made these today and then made these for the kids and my lunch.

Quesadillas with beans & cheese

This recipe always turns out great.  I have had many requests for it from family and friends.  I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think.  If you have any questions, just let me know and I will get back with you. 

Have a blessed day,

maggie jane


  1. I was emailed a question about my press. The thinness of your tortilla can sometimes depend on the type of press you have. Some presses don't press them out as flat as others. Mine is just an electric one with a non-stick surface. I understand that the cast iron ones don't press out as flat. You might keep this in mind if you are in the market for one. Good luck!

  2. I just made these and they are amazing!! Sadly we don't have a press, but the griddle was very easy. LOVE this recipe! Thanks for sharing..

  3. Thank you for this recipe, I am in a hurry to try it! I don't have a press so I'll have to come up with something different.