I am no longer surprised that things made at home just taste better. This goes for tortillas as well as bread and beans. Tortillas are a basic elements of many Mexican dishes and a staple of astronaut diets. As tortillas don't leave crumbs behind, astronauts use tortillas instead of bread to avoid making a mess on the International Space Station.
To learn this Spanish and Cosmic delight stay tuned for this easy recipe.
- 3 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1 cup warm water
Step 1: Mix all the ingredients
I use my stand mixer with the beater attachments but you can mix by hand. This is an easy dough to work with and you can knead the flour in by hand. Make sure the mixture is completely mixed.
Step 2: Divide and let Rest
Divide the dough into even sized balls. I like making 12 dough balls from this recipe which yields 8" tortillas. If you like smaller tortillas, then divide into more. If you want larger tortillas divide into less balls.
Let the dough rest in balls for 10-15 minutes. This allows the gluten to relax and makes it easier to roll out.
Step 3: Roll out the dough balls
Using a floured surface and a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough so it is very thin. There are tortillas presses, shown here, that will press the dough into a uniform thickness.
For my kitchen, I feel like this is just another gadget to take up space but I can see if you are making lots of tortillas this tortilla press could be handy. I prefer to roll my tortillas by hand for now.
Step 4: Fry the tortillas
If you are using a cast iron pan, no oil is necessary. Simply drop the tortilla dough into the pre-heated pan. Fry the tortillas for a few minutes on each side. Bubbles may appear, and will give the tortillas their distinctive browned spots.
Step 5: Eat the tortillas
Enjoy fresh warm tortillas with rice and beans. 3 Ways to Cook Beans (No Soaking Required) Or store them once cool in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. You can also freeze then with wax paper between tortillas for long-term storage. Of course, eating them fresh will always be the best.
This is just one more thing we know how to make ourselves and enjoy the taste more than store-bough tortillas. Maybe if we have any extras we will bake some into tortilla chips! But I doubt there will be a time we have extra tortillas lying around, we just love rice and beans too much!
Have you ever made your own tortillas? How did they turn out? Let us know in the comments below.
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