Lon made that orgasmic Pequin Pepper Sauce and soft tacos seemed like an ideal way to use it. I must have been feeling daring because we made tortillas from scratch. Doughs are one of the hardest segments of cooking/baking and we haven’t made tortillas ourselves before and we don’t have a tortilla press. This first try turned out better than expected, actually quite impressive. This is a combination of recipes I put together from reading about tortillas on-line and it yields a dough that is very easy to roll out super thin. There is great elasticity and the taste of fresh tortillas will make you question ever using store-bought tortillas again.

Fresh Home-made Tortillas
~makes 16-18 small tortillas

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour + extra for kneading
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons cup vegetable oil

1. In a large bowl, mix together bread flour, all purpose flour, and salt. Use your fingers to rub in shortening until the flour looks a little lumpy. Make a well in the center and add boiling water. Stir with a fork until even and start kneading with your hands. Add an additional tablespoon of hot water if it doesn’t come together. Kneading on a floured surface until the dough is smooth and no longer sticky.
2. Make golf-sized balls and lay out on a tray. Cover with a damp paper towel and let it rest for 2 hours.

dough balls

3. Heat a large cast iron pan on medium high heat. Place the oil in a small dish and use a paper towel to wipe a thin layer on the cast iron pan. Roll out each ball one at a time and place on heated pan. (I wasn’t able to make them perfectly round but that doesn’t effect the taste.)

roll out dough

4. Cook until you see a bubble form and flip it over (less than 1 minute).


5. Cook for 30 seconds-1 minutes, or until it puffs a little. Remove from pan.
6. Repeat with remaining dough.

We really loved this meal and will probably be making our own tortillas from now on.

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