This post has been a long time coming. Lots of people have asked me to share my tortilla recipe and I've only just now gotten to it. So here it is!
Making your own flour tortillas is easy and well worth the effort! There are few things better than soft warm tortillas fresh off the skillet. A fresh tortilla can make a regular burrito taste pretty extraordinary and you'll seriously impress your friends when you have them over for Mexican night.
Don't worry about rolling them out perfectly round, they'll just have that homemade feel. ;)
They don't have any preservatives so they don't last long. Eat em up or freeze em!
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4-6 Tbsp. vegetable shortening (you can substitute olive oil but I prefer shortening)
about 1 1/4 cups warm water (you may not need all of it)
-Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
-Add shortening and use a fork or pastry cutter to cut in the shortening. The mixture should be crumbly.
-Add warm water a little at a time until the dough is soft. Knead for a few minutes until smooth and elastic, then let it rest for 10 minutes.
-Roll out 12 tortillas and cook in an iron skillet or frying pan (note: you do not NEED an iron skillet. A frying pan works just as fine) over medium-low heat about 30 seconds on each side. You should see some bubbles start to form and that's when you should flip it.
-When the tortillas are finished cooking they should have those classic brown spots speckling them.
TIPS: Dust the balls of dough with lots of flour to keep them from sticking when you're rolling them out. This helps create more rounded tortillas.
Keep them warm after you cook them by lining a large bowl with a tea towel and covering them up.