Friday, January 27, 2012

Homemade Tortillas and Salsa

As you may have noticed from the preponderance of quesadilla recipes on the site, my kids LOVE tortillas. It may border on obsession.So, when we started our Get Real journey, we knew we had to break down and get a handle on our store-bought tortillas. Yes, you can buy store-bought tortillas with quality ingredients, but what can I say, I really get into the whole challenge thing (see the year of 2011). So, I made tortillas. Not as pretty as Kelly's, but tortillas, which the kids ate...and loved. Awesome. I served them with my Easy Homemade Picante Salsa, which Bug and I made together. It is incredible and I'm so glad we made 5 pints of it. Delicious and easy.

Homemade Tortillas and Salsa
Adapted from Homemade Tortillas.
Ingredients for 20-24 small tortillas
  • 6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour (I had to increase this amount by half a cup, possibly due to altitude or humidity)
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups HOT tap water
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Easy Homemade Picante Salsa
Cube the cold butter and add flour and butter to the food processor with a chopping blade. Process until combined.

Dissolve the salt in hot water. Switch to dough blade, if applicable. Pour salt water through the feeder tube of your processor. (Watch that the flour doesn't get too wet, next time I might reduce the water amount, because this is where I got frustrated...I ended up adding the 1/2 cup of flour and was fine, but was kicking myself that I didn't stop adding water before-hand.) Stir until combined.

On a floured surface, divide dough into equal balls. Roll out flat on floured surface (I did this in batches, because I have limited counter space...this prompted me to go out and buy a 6-inch tortilla press later). Heat a griddle to high and then turn down to medium. Grill tortillas on one side until small bubbles appear. Flip and grill about another minute. Repeat process until all tortillas are grilled.

I had enough flour on the outside of my tortillas that I didn't need to separate them with plastic wrap before bagging and freezing. But, with the tortilla press that might not be the case.

The Results
In spite of my minor frustrations (hey, I'm new at this homemade tortilla thing), these came out really well and were delicious. The only thing the kids didn't like (really just Bug, Goose didn't chew slow enough to even notice), was the extra flour on the outside of the tortillas. Once I knocked that off, they went crazy for them. We served the first ones with just salsa. Later, we served them with salsa, refried beans and cheese. They also love them with peanut butter (yes, I know they're weird, I'm OK with it).

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  1. Oh wow, that is so cool that you made your own tortillas! Thank you for sharing your experience, technique and recipe, and also for sharing this post with the Gallery of Favorites.

  2. Visiting from Gallery of Favorites.
    We love homemade tortillas here and also eat them w/ pb as a snack.

    The salsa looks great and definitely easy--will have to try it. I haven't found a recipe I'm totally happy with yet.

  3. I've made corn tortillas but never flour. Do you think this would work with oil or a vegan butter as well? They look delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. @Small Footprints - I think the Earth Balance-type stick vegan butter would work well as long as it's cold. I think oil might turn the dough too gloppy.

  5. Hi Kristi. Timely post. I got a tortilla press for Christmas and was going to make a batch on Tuesday. Thanks for sharing your experience. I'll be careful with the water! :)

  6. Your tortillas and salsa look wonderful! Thanks for sharing them with the Gallery.