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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Flour Tortillas

I've seen flour tortillas run $2 or more at the grocery store! Save money by making your own. Tip: If you're getting store bought tortillas, they're much cheaper at your local Mexican grocer. I frequent mine all the time. The staff is very helpful and friendly, and their exotic variety of produce and herbs are fresh and less 'messed with' than the produce at chain grocery stores.

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 good sized handful of Crisco
1/2 cup hot water

Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl. Add Crisco and combine with your hands until the mixture looks like cornmeal. Add the hot water and stir until ingredients hold together. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer sticky, working in flour as needed. There will be tears and cracks, the important thing is that it doesn't stick. This will make the rolling out process much easier. Cover and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
Divide your dough into 8 portions for burrito size or 12 for taco size. Create a round ball with each portion. Using a rolling pin, roll each ball out as flat and round as you can. Stack your flattened dough rounds and set aside.
Lightly grease a 10-inch skillet and let it heat up on the stove for a minute or two over medium heat. One by one, cook the tortillas for about 30 seconds on each side. Once you see a few bubbles form, you can flip. I prefer a spatula. If it's not brown enough for you, flip it again.
And it's that simple. :)