Friday, August 23, 2013

In our quest to begin eating more “real food” (aka not highly processed) we started making our own tortilla shells. And guess what, it is actually very simple to do and the tortillas taste so much better!
how to make tortillas including recipe for tortillas

100% Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla Recipe

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 teas salt
3/4 cup water
Mix all ingredients together. Now divide dough into 12 balls. Allow the dough to sit 30-60 minutes. Continue following steps below.

50/50 Tortilla Recipe

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour (we prefer organic)
1/2 teas salt
3/4 cup water
2 1/2 TAB Olive Oil (get extra virgin full flavor)
Mix all ingredients together and separate into 10-12 balls. Allow the dough to sit 30 minutes. Continue following the steps below.
how to make homemade tortillas

Authentic Tortilla Recipe

4 cups flour (you can use 1/2 whole wheat flour if you like)
1 teas salt
2 teas baking powder
2 TAB lard (lard is better, but use Crisco in a pinch)
1 1/2 cup water
Mix all ingredients together. Divide into 24 balls. Allow the dough to sit 30 minutes. Continue following the steps below.

How to make Homemade Tortillas

You can use a skillet to make homemade tortillas, but I found the Chef Pro Tortilla Maker makes it go really quickly and easily – essential if you are making homemade tortillas for a family!

Note: If you look on Amazon you will see the tortilla maker is not rated very well. I have no idea why not – we LOVE it! how to make homemade tortillas
Put dough ball in back middle of preheated press. (If you use a skillet you will need to roll the dough out first)
how to make homemade tortillas

Close the press and press latch for 7 seconds only. It helps build up steam and flattens them nicely. But if you apply pressure too long the steam will break apart your shell.  Leave closed (without pressing) 8 more seconds.

Open the press and rotate the tortilla 90 degrees. Close and press a couple seconds then leave closed another 10 seconds.

how to make homemade tortillas

Open tortilla maker and you have a beautiful homemade tortilla! (Note: the 50/50 recipe is pictured above)

Recipe for Tortillas

Continue making all your tortillas. I stack them on a plate. They stay warm because it goes quickly and the warmth of the new ones helps keep the previously made tortillas warm.

It goes really fast!

Recipe for Tortillas

Now you are ready to enjoy your homemade tortillas with whatever you want to put in them. If you like to have tortilla chips to go with them we love the organic blue ones with flax seed that target makes.

Storing Homemade Tortillas

Make sure the shells are completely cook  before putting in a plastic bag and storing in the fridge.  If you don’t let them cool first the condensation holds the shells together and they are nearly impossible to separate to eat as leftovers. (this is especially true if you use whole wheat flour). They will store 4-5 days in the fridge, but may mold in 2 on the counter.


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Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of three who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123Homeschool4Me where she shares 150+ {free} printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.
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  1. This is definitely something I have been meaning to try, Beth. Your tutorial sure makes it look easy!

  2. I make homemade tortillas but I need that press desperately!!


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