When I was 17 or 18 I went on a trip to Arizona with my parents over Spring Break. We did a lot of hiking and a LOT of eating. In Sedona, we went to a restaurant two nights in a row and I was amazed that the staff remembered us. My dad said that it was because they had never seen someone so petite eat so much!
I bought a couple of cookbooks while we were there and after we returned, I became absolutely obsessed with cooking Southwestern food for a while. One of my go-to recipes was to soft tacos with flour tortillas for dinner. For some reason, in the past few years I stopped making tortilla and would buy either flour or corn tortillas to use. Last night I was considering what to make and remembered my old recipe for flour tortillas. Boy are they easy to make! They only have 4 ingredients, they are easy to roll out and they cook quickly. Because they are fresh, they remain quite elastic when cooked and don’t crack like store-bought ones often do.
I found the dough really satisfying to work with as well, because it feels like playdough 🙂 I use the hottest water out of my tap for these. It is just hot enough to melt the fat and distribute it evenly through the dough. I roll out each round as the previous one is cooking.
Easy Flour TortillasHave delicious tender flour tortillas on the table in one hour from start to finish!
- In food processor, pulse flour, shortening and salt until shortening is incorporated.
- With food processor running, gradually pour in water and mix until dough starts to form a ball.
- Knead dough for 4-6 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. It should feel like playdough.
- Cover dough and let rest for at lest 20 minutes. This will make it easier to roll out
- Divide dough into 8 portions.
- Pre-shape dough into a disk shape with hands, then on a floured counter, roll out into a 6-8 inch round. Keep remaining dough covered to keep from drying out.
- Meanwhile, heat vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat until smoking. Then wipe the oil out with a paper towel.
- Add one tortilla and cook until you start to see bubbles forming on top, about 1 minute.
- Flip and cook until brown spots begin to form on 2nd side, about 1 minute.
- Keep tortillas warm by placing the covered, in the oven on low heat while you cook remaining tortillas.