Homemade flour tortillas can be used for so much and they are so easy to make. I have now been making flour tortillas at home for years and it has become a fun part of cooking for me. Also, it is a great way to experiment with Mexican food and enjoy handcrafted Mexican flavors. As a part of our taco series, we are going to share our flour tortilla recipe. I hope you get as much joy out of making these tortillas as I do! Go straight to the recipe.
Flour Tortillas Vs Corn Tortilla
We already have shared our corn tortilla recipe and these are quite a bit different. I mean, the ingredients are only slightly different, but in terms of flavor and cooking problems, there are some distinct differences that are worth mentioning.
Taste of Homemade Flour Tortillas vs Corn
Obviously, there is going to be a taste difference between corn and flour tortillas. Corn tortillas have a distinct corn taste and have a bit more of a mealy texture. Homemade flour tortillas have more of a bread like taste and consistency.
Personally, I like both, but I can understand why one might like one over the other. Hey, eat what you think tastes good, right?
When it comes to cooking the tortillas, the actual frying procedure is very similar. How the dough needs to be handled, however, is quite a bit different. Corn tortillas made with Masa Harina and the texture is much different than the wheat flour we use. The bigger problem with corn tortillas is keeping the dough together. It can easily fall apart and we have to be careful and mindful of the delicate nature of Masa Harina. When we roll out our flour tortillas, breakage is a major issue.
It is somewhat opposite with flour tortillas. The dough stays together really well and we almost want to get as little water in our recipe as possible. Once we have kneaded our dough, a little more patience needs to be taken to roll our flour tortillas out. It can be rubbery and feel like it is snapping back. We need to get this flour as thin as possible, but it is almost as though it wants to snap back to a ball.
Lard Vs Shortening
This really is personal preference and I tend to use shortening in our house, as I have a vegetarian to feed. You will get a bit more flavor out of good ol’ fashioned lard. You will also get quite a bit more saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal products.
Roll Them Babies Out
Have patience when rolling out your flour tortillas. It may seem like it is taking too long, but this is an exercise of working with your ingredients. Some things in cooking can be forced and expedited, but many recipes involving dough or flour need some time and care. From apple pie crust, to corn tortillas, to this, it is important to find your place of happiness and zen to make a good product. Some things are hard to force and the flour tortilla is one of them. Like a painter must work with their canvas, you must work with yours… the dough. Care for it and you will learn to make great tortillas.
Are Flour Tortillas Authentic?
Yes. It is worth mentioning that wheat was not a domesticated product in North or South America and did not become so until Westerners brought it to the New World. So, corn tortillas have a far longer heritage and history in the tortilla world (see my history post), but that does not mean flour tortillas are not authentic.
And if it means anything, beef and pork was also not native to North or South American until Europeans brought them over. So, I will leave that for you to figure out.
It is Economical To Make Homemade Tortillas!
Holy buckets, it makes financial sense make your tortillas! A cup and a half of flour, 2 tablespoons of shortening, and a teaspoon of salt! That is it. Locally, flour tortillas run about $2.00 for a ten count package. I figured it out to be about than 50 cents for a ten count of our tortillas. Yes, it takes a little time, but you are going to get better flavors and once you have the cooking part down. They taste better and are economical!
I really like making homemade flour tortillas. It is economical, tasty, and fun. You can learn how really easy and it is worth trying! If you like what we are doing, please make sure to subscribe to our email list and also follow me on Instagram!
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Homemade Flour Tortillas RecipePrint
Fresh, homemade flour tortillas for your authentic Mexican food experience at home! Not only does it taste great, but it is also economical and a fun way to spruce up your dining table.
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon shortening (or lard)
- 1/2 cup water
- Mix all ingredients together in mixing bowl
- Put in a stand mixer and use mixing attachment on low for 5 minutes or knead for the same amount of time.
- Weigh entire dough ball and divide into 6
- Form each into balls
- Wrap in plastic wrap
- Put into the refrigerator for 20 minutes
- Put nonstick pan (I use a cast iron) on stovetop medium high
- While heating, I roll out each ball individually onto a lightly floured surface.
- Once about 6-8 inches in diameter and as thin as you can get them, they are ready
- Put on cast iron and cook each individually for about 45 seconds on each side. There should be some browning on each side. Adjust your cook time for you stovetop/pan as needed
- Place aside and once all are cooked, serve! These will dry out quicker than store-bought tortillas, so use em up!
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