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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Recipe: Homemade Flour Tortillas

The sun has been shining its face off for the past three days and it's a pretty big deal. Like every single person in the city is outside in short sleeves and little dresses, sunglasses and sandals - and it's barely 50 degrees outside. But that's how we do in Portland. We're deprived of good weather October - May, so when a miracle like this weekend happens, everyone freaks out and goes into summer mode. Even if we're shivering, we're wearing shorts, dammit! So in a couple of hours, I'll be laying on a blanket, reading my book club book at Laurelhurst Park with my friend and her adorable Vizsla, basking in the glorious sun. 

Aside from getting my butt outside, the only other thing I have on my agenda this weekend is getting my ducks in a row as Maid of Honor for my sister's wedding next weekend and making tortillas. A random combination, yes. I made tortillas for the first time a couple of weeks ago when I had some friends over for fajita night, and I have been making them regularly since then. Like, I can't stop. They're so tasty and so easy; you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen (my recipe doesn't call for the traditional ingredient of lard, which I am okay with).

a plate from fajita night with homemade tortillas

My favorite way to eat these tortillas is with grilled fajita meat, caramelized onions and garlic lime butter. So amazing! They're also great dipped in queso. Later today I'm planning on making them a little thicker than normal so they'll be more like pita bread, to go with the Palak Paneer I'm having for dinner. Below is the recipe I can't get enough of, I hope you enjoy it!

Makes 2 servings (double this recipe for 2 really hungry people)

1 cup of flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup of WARM water
5 tsp. olive oil

1. Mix the flour and salt in a medium bowl; slowly pour in water and oil while mixing.

2. Mix until a dough is formed; add water to make it less floury, flour to make it less sticky.

3. Knead for about 20 seconds and then let rest for 10 minutes. While the dough is resting, lightly flour a cutting board or stable surface that the tortillas can be rolled on.

4. After the 10 minutes, pull apart the dough and roll into balls about the size of a quarter.

5. Heat a skillet on med-high heat (don't coat the pan).

6. One by one, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough on the lightly floured surface; you want to roll them out as thin as possible (thinner than 1/4 in.). Add a little more flour if things are sticking.

7. Place tortillas in the heated skillet for about 20-30 seconds per side, depending on how thin they are.
Move cooked tortillas to a plate that's covered in a clean dish towel.

8. After all of the tortillas are cooked, serve immediately.

Thanks for reading! I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!


  1. I'm going to have to try this one :) I love homemade tortillas. Actually my dad makes really good ones. I tried once and failed miserably. Maybe this would work out for me!

  2. Wow this looks good, went to place today called the Spice Market in the meat packing district. It was yummy! I know that collection is killer, and I love that top I linked too. I also went the Artists & Fleas space in the Chelsea Market and discovered a wonderful designer there. Can't wait to post on her!

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  3. These sound so easy - and they look delicious! But best of all, no oven is needed to make them :) We're living without one right now and I'm always on the hunt for delicious recipes that don't require baking at 300 for twenty minutes. So glad you shared these, miss!

  4. Thank you very much for the recipe! x

  5. Ok, this is just simply awesome. I NEVER would have thought to make my own tortillas. Gosh, it sounds yummy, and the recipe seems simple enough too.

  6. Yumm!!

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  7. Do those freeze well if you make a large batch? They sound amazing, and I am sure they are better fresh anyhow. I am excited to hear how your sister's wedding goes!

  8. :O I loooove mexican food but I've never tried making my own tortillas. I'd probably end up with a huge mess. But, as the optimistic say, you know know unless you try!

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  9. that picture literally made me drool! also, I had no idea lard was an ingredient in tortillas, eww.

  10. I love tortillas and I had no idea how easy they were to make. Thanks for the recipe and for the inspiration! I definitely have to try this out some time.

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  11. It reached 50 degrees here in NY and everyone was leaving their house without a jacket! It was great! That picture is making my mouth water!

  12. Oh this recipe looks really delicious I make this tomoroow because I love eat! ^^
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  13. Oh damn, I think even I could make those. Do you know if you can knead them in a mixer instead of by hand? I'm lazy ;P

  14. It's the same in England when it gets sunny - everyone goes crazy and strips off haha. This meal looks really delicious x

  15. That food looks so good! We do fajitas once and a while, but never thought to make our own tortillas. Would save me three bucks at the store since we have all the ingredients!

  16. This looks delicious Amberly!! I love Mexican and Tex-Mex Food. Will definitely try this recipe in the future.

    p.s. do you have a recipe for a homemade sauce too?
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  17. My FAVE!!! I live right next to this taqueria that makes fresh tortillas in the early am. I can smell it wafting through the air and all I want is a bucket of coronas and some chimichurri! Yummmm...drools!

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  18. Great recipe! Sounds delish and makes us hungry!! :-)

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  19. Okay, wow! These are so easy to make! I can't believe I actually go out and buy tortillas! Shameful :) Mmm and with Palak Paneer they would be amazing. Thanks for sharing xx



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