So last night I was DETERMINED to make a dinner 100% from my Food Storage. Chicken Enchiladas was the recipe. But it required me to make my own tortillas. No laughing, no judging….for many of you this task would have been simple, but you see I have never, ever made my own flour tortillas. My sweet hubby was sitting at the computer doing his homework and when he saw what I was doing he starting laughing (in a supportive kind of way) and jumped in to try and
salvage help me with the project. Hubby lived in Mexico for 2 years and kept trying to pass along advice. So for a first time tortilla maker….I have to say they turned out okay, yes, I need practice, but they tasted great despite the looks. Remember, no judging when you see the pictures!
Step 1: Make Tortillas:
1 1/2 cups Honeyville’s Flour (plus more if needed)
1/4 tsp Honeyville’s Salt
2 TBS Honeyville’s Powdered Shortening **
1/2 cup warm water (plus more if needed)
Combine the salt and flour in a bowl. Add shortening. Mix in water a tablespoon at a time until dough holds together (I for sure used more water, almost a full cup total). Knead dough on a lightly (lightly is a KEY WORD…if you use too much flour, you won’t get real tortilla’s) floured board or surface adding flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking until the dough is smooth and elastic–about 4 or 5 minutes.
Divide dough into 6 pieces. Roll out on surface into a circle about 8 inches in diameter. Heat skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. One at a time, cook the tortillas on the griddle until brown spots begin to appear, turn and cook the other side, total cooking time will be 4 to 5 minutes per tortilla. Serve warm or cool. Store in plastic bag as you would store bought tortillas. (I used my griddle that we make pancakes on….just make the heat on HIGH!)
** Original recipe called for Lard, I wanted to use Honeyville’s Powdered Shortening. I mixed the Shortening in a separate bowl and then from that added the 2 TBS. I would say this step is unnecessary. Just put the powder in with the salt and flour and add a little bit more water.
Step 3: Fill Tortillas and Bake
Mix your ingredients together, then fill your Homemade Tortilla’s, lay them in a greased 9×13 pan, put remaining mixture on top, then sprinkle the other half of shredded cheese on top, and bake for 15 mins at 350 degrees.