I’m from Texas, y’all, and most Texans understand that a Tex-Mex restaurant isn’t truly authentic unless it makes its own tortillas. I’m certainly not a Tex-Mex chef but I have found that a meal of tacos feels much more authentic when it’s served with homemade tortillas. Have you ever noticed the number of ingredients in most brands of flour tortillas? It’s crazy given that homemade tortillas have about four ingredients.
Like most good recipes, making tortillas is simple but takes a little time.
I found this recipe in the cookbook of my home church in Texas. I was delighted to see that it was submitted by Lori, a dear friend of our family. Lori married into a Mexican family and was taught to make tortillas by her mother-in-law. Lori says her in-laws still laugh about her “state shaped” tortillas. And it’s true, making tortillas into perfect circles is very difficult (as you’ll see in the pictures below). But it doesn’t affect the taste.
I’ve tried several recipes for tortillas and these are the best.
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cups warm tap water
2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the vegetable oil. Stir until the flour mixture holds it’s shape when squeezed in the palm of your hand.
Add the warm water gradually until the dough is smooth and unsticky.
Form into golf-sized balls then roll out as thin and circular as you can.
Cook in a pan (I use a cast-iron skillet) on medium heat until bubbles form. Turn immediately and let brown quickly on other side (if you leave them to cook too long, they won’t be soft enough to use for tacos…they’ll break in half).
Serve with fajitas, tacos or salsa!
Christiana is the manager of this collaborative blog. She has postgrad degrees in theology and creative writing from St Andrews University in Scotland. She lives with her family in intentional Christian community in rural Illinois. While her husband farm manages, she writes, sings, gardens, cares for their two kiddos, cooks, preserves food and attempts to homemake. She also blogs atthebeautyofthishour.wordpress.com.