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Make your own tortillas with this easy flour tortilla recipe! While corn tortillas dominate through most of Mexico, when you get close to the US-Mexico border, you will find flour tortillas much more common.
Flour tortilla recipe:
2 cups all-purpose flour (plus about ½ -3/4 cup more for kneading)
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons oil
¾ cup milk, room temperature
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They are usually made with lard, but you can use oil (as I’ve done) or vegetable shortening. In fact, I’d say from my experience eating tacos and tortillas all across this great state, while lard is typical in Mexico and in the border towns on both sides, shortening becomes the preferred fat as you head Northward towards San Antonio.
And while corn remains very popular to hold such fillings as carnitas and al pastor, flour tortillas are almost always what you will find cradling your breakfast tacos and accompanying your fajita plates.
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hey I'm Hilah today I'm going to make tortillas now you all know that I love tacos but you cannot have a good taco without a good tortilla and a good tortilla is a homemade tortilla so I'm going to show you how to do it Oh okay let's talk tortillas let's get serious about it there's only five ingredients there's flour and baking powder and salt and oil and milk so let's start with the flour two cups of all-purpose flour I use my finger when I measure things like so and number two okay there's a second couple flour okay done almost one-and-a-half teaspoons of baking powder and flour tortillas are pretty new by the way because I guess the Europeans just brought flour over like five hundred years ago or something so you know say ancient human standards flour tortillas are New Kids on the Block so to speak all right well salt and mix it okay now and milk and oil okay mix it up okeydoke that is it for the easy part now I'm going to need it for two minutes that means check your watch and do it for two minutes or count to 120 Mississippi's learn that trick and kindergarten alright so you throw a little flour down and you probably need to add flour as you go and you pull out your little squishy ball and this is all kneading is this folding and squishing we're most done gosh really hard work being a homemaker making tortillas okay just kidding um all right this is good it's soft and pliable and fun I'm going to put it in this bowl and I cover it with a damp towel and set it aside to rest for 20 or 30 minutes I'm going to go for 30 ok compadres we have now reached the second leg of our tortilla journey I'm going to take this dough I want to separate it into evenly sized balls probably get like 10 out of this little little mess here maybe 12 if you want to be chancy with it um doo doo it's really fun feels like play-doh yay hmm probably make one shaped like an H okay so just roll each one into a little crappy little ball there and put them on a plate and then we're going to let them rest for another ten minutes which would give you plenty of time to go take like five tequila shots or wash this bowl just probably what I'll do okay set those aside for ten minutes see you later so I've been waiting patiently and I'm ready to roll my little balls out into little discs and this is really fun okay so get some flour on your board or your counter and your rolling pin doing those job easy those jobbies okay get on your little balls flatten it out this is totally fun I don't know why people don't do this every day I guess some people probably do okay just start rolling it out and start in the middle and kind of press out to the sides until it's about the size the tortilla should be okay cool I'm going to set that on the side okay I gotten a little tortilla babies all rolled out and I have a cast iron skillet heating up over high for a couple of minutes to get it SuperDuper hot no oil or anything just a dry skillet and I'm going to throw one of these in and let it sit there for a couple of minutes and you'll start to puff up and then I will flip it and then let it cook on that side and then we'll have hot fresh tortillas so it's getting really really puffed up it's pretty cool take a little gander steps looks great and flip it and if there's a big old air pop air bubble just kind of pop it but look out for the steam because it's super super hot super fudging hot and let it go for a couple minutes on that side and it should have this little crispy Brown golden toasty stuff on it and that my friends is the tortilla and there you have it internet people homemade tortillas mmm so much better than anything you can buy in a store including a big-screen TV alright that's it for tortillas we're working on a very special secret new project so if you want to be fully involved in that sign up through the newsletter and practice making yourself some tortillas because you're going to need to know how to do that all right