Seriously, is there anything better than homemade tortillas? Not much as far as I’m concerned. I suppose that’s a bit of an exaggeration but Homemade Tortillas are really awesome and one food item I prefer homemade over store bought. I made a big batch of them recently for Huevos Rancheros and thought I’d share how I make them with you.
In the early 1990’s I was a vegetarian for about 5 years. My kids to this day will say all they ever ate was rice and beans, which, by the way, isn’t true. They got veggies too! I prepared all kinds of yummy, healthy meals. But they were little and probably wished they could have a real hot dog. I still remind them they developed a taste for healthy foods, even if they do eat junk food now, and they certainly learned to be adventurous, non-picky eaters.
Back then, I use to make everything from scratch. Bread, pasta, and tortillas, you name it, I probably made it at home instead of buying it at the store. Today, I rarely make bread or pasta from scratch anymore. It’s much easier nowadays to buy fresh baked bread or pasta at the local grocery store or farmers market. However, I still like to make homemade tortillas. Especially corn tortillas. To me, there’s such a big difference! They do take a little bit of time to make so I’ll turn on the tv, grab something to drink and work away.
I use my food processor to mix up the dough and I use a tortilla cooker (which I love) to flatten the balls and cook the tortillas. My tortilla cooker is from Vitantonio Tortilla Chef and is similar to these. You could also purchase an inexpensive Tortilla Press that will flatten the balls, then cook them on a skillet or griddle. Or finally, if you’re not like me and don’t want extra gadgets, just roll the tortillas flat with a rolling pin, or place the ball of dough between two sheets of wax paper (or ziploc bags) and press down hard with a pie plate or something similar.
Tortilla Making Tips
- Roll out the tortillas between sheets of wax paper or Ziploc bags if you’re not using an electric tortilla cooker.
- Be sure to let flour tortillas rest.
- Keep the balls of dough covered with a moist towel so they don’t dry out while you’re making the tortillas.
- You might have a few ugly looking tortillas until you get the hang of it. That’s okay!
- Keep the dough a little more on the moister side for corn tortillas or they seem to split and crack.
- Tortillas freeze well so make a bunch and freeze some for later.
Go ahead, make a batch of homemade tortillas. They’re great for all kinds of quesadillas, like my Chile Cheese Carnitas Quesadilla, tacos, like everyone’s favorite Beer Battered Fish Tacos. Or, just eat them warm slathered with butter…Oh YUM!
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