Growing up we never had store bought tortillas, they were always homemade by my mother. When you are a kid you don’t realize how lucky you are to have something like that, it’s just the norm. Then I grew up and I didn’t have someone making tortillas for me, rather, I purchased them at the store. I cannot count the number of times I watched my mother make the tortillas not thinking anything of it. It never even entered my mind to write down a recipe or take any kind of mental note, so instead I played around with some recipes I found online, adjusting them to what little I did remember from all those years of watching.
This recipe is incredibly easy and gives wonderful results. Unlike my mother, I use a tortilla press, I just how much quicker it is over rolling them. At least for me…
For the Recipe”
1 3/4 c. flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
5 tbsp. shortening
3/4 c. very warm water
In a bowl mix the flour and salt. Put in the shortening, cut into 5 pieces, and mix either with your hand or a pastry cutter. You want the shortening to get distributed well.
Add the water and mix until it forms a nice ball. Do not over mix.
Place on a lightly floured surface and form into a log, cut into 12 equal pieces. Use your hands and roll into little balls, cover the pieces and let sit for 15 or so minutes.
Next, either use a tortilla press, which is what I use, or use a rolling pin to make them into 6 inch circles (or there about). I use two pieces of plastic to cover the plates of the press, it makes for easy removal and cleaning.
Cook on a hot pan until each side gets nice brown marks. Place cooked tortillas on a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep moist. These will keep for several days if stored in an air tight container.