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Discover the art of making your own Homemade Flour + Corn Tortillas-- They're the perfect addition to your meal prep routine, making it a breeze to whip up homemade tacos, enchiladas, soft tacos, burritos, wraps + more! This tortillas recipe is not just easy to make; it also turns out extra soft, delightfully doughy, foldable, and wonderfully chewy. No yeast needed! Gluten-free, Vegan + Make-ahead option.
There's just something about homemade tortillas made from scratch that hits the spot-- I whipped up Easy Weeknight Blackened Chicken Tacos for taco Tuesday the other night and I realized that with all the taco recipes on Orchids + Sweet Tea, it was high time to nail down the perfect homemade tortilla recipe!
What sets these tortillas apart is their unique blend of both corn + flour, resulting in a heartier tortilla with that classic corn flavor. Trust me, they beat store-bought ones any day, and you can even opt for a gluten-free version using just corn! These versatile tortillas are my go-to for for everything from soft tacos, enchiladas, burritos + wraps and SO much more! I love using them for this Chipotle Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadilla and Jerk Salmon Tacos!
I promise this tortilla recipe isn't hard at all!---With just 5 basic ingredients, you'll whip up the fluffiest + freshest tortillas in no time. It's a fun little project that my little one loves getting involved in, from kneading the dough to pressing the tortillas. Plus, they're super versatile and way better than the store-bought stuff.
The process is incredibly simple. Begin by making the dough. In a bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, Masa Harina flour, salt, garlic powder (if using), and softened butter. Mix these ingredients together using a fork or your hands until the butter is well incorporated and the mixture resembles "peas."
Next, pour hot water over the ingredients and mix again until everything is thoroughly combined, and you can form a "ball" of dough. Allow the dough to rest for 5-10 minutes, giving the flour time to hydrate from the water. After this resting period, proceed to cut, roll, or press the dough, and finally, cook the tortillas (find some helpful tips for cooking below).
Here's what you need for the soft + chewy tortillas:
Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with these soft homemade tortillas. Everything from my fave tortilla press, bowls, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
For making these fluffy + soft tortillas, you'll need a specific type of corn flour known as masa harina. Essentially, masa harina is corn flour that has been treated with calcium hydroxide, commonly referred to as "lime." This treatment not only elevates its nutritional value but also enhances digestibility by releasing the niacin content in the corn.
This easy tortillas recipe can easily be adapted to a gluten-free version by replacing the all-purpose flour with Masa Harina flour, creating fully corn tortillas. This alternative is not only delicious but also follows the same simple process for everything else!
I've whipped up this easy tortillas recipe more times than I can count and learned a few things along the way. Here are my top tips for mastering it!
Once you get the hang of it, making these tortillas is a breeze, and you'll develop a feel for the process. The best part is, you don't need any oil or butter!
While a tortilla press makes the process easier, I understand that not everyone has one on hand. No worries! If you don't have a tortilla press, you can still craft this easy tortillas recipe using these alternatives:
Rolling pin: Flatten the dough balls between two sheets of parchment paper with a rolling pin. Roll them out to your desired thickness.
Heavy pan: Use the bottom of a heavy skillet or pan to press down on the dough balls. You can also place a piece of parchment paper on top to prevent sticking.
Baking sheet: Lay a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet, place a dough ball on it, cover with another sheet of parchment, and press down with a flat-bottomed object or another baking sheet.
Your hands: If you have a good feel for it, you can even press the dough balls into tortillas using your hands. Flatten and shape them evenly.
If your dough starts acting like a trampoline, bouncing back when you're trying to roll it out, don't fret. It just needs a little "me time." Giving your dough a short break helps it chill out by relaxing the gluten, making it more roll-friendly.
So, when you're in a dough-taming situation, cover it up, let it kick back for 5 to 10 minutes, and then roll it out without a fuss!
The dough ball shouldn't be too sticky or dry-----if needed, add 1 tablespoon more hot water at a time until just wet enough. If too wet, add 1 tablespoon of flour until consistency is met.
If you're lucky enough to have a tortilla press, use it with parchment paper for near-perfect circles. When using a rolling pin, roll your dough evenly in all directions, starting with a rough circle and working your way outward. After rolling, use a round cutter or a bowl as a guide to trim the edges for uniform circles. Remember that homemade tortillas often boast a rustic charm with their unique shapes, so don't stress if they're not perfectly round!
Homemade tortillas are incredibly versatile and can be used for a wide range of delicious dishes! You can use them for classic choices like tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas. They also work great for burritos, wraps, and even homemade tortilla chips.
Additionally, you can use tortilla strips as a garnish for tortilla soup try my Vegan Taco Soup, turn them into salad bowls, or enjoy them with sizzling fajitas. Breakfast burritos and flatbread pizza are other tasty options. If you want a healthier option, mold tortillas into taco bowls for salads. And don't forget to use them for dipping into your favorite dips like guacamole, salsa, or queso.
Smaller homemade tortillas are my go-to choice for crafting delicious tacos. Check out these recipes to put them to good use:
These homemade tortillas can make for the perfect meal prep situation because you can make them in bulk (double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd), store in the fridge or the freezer (for a longer period), and serve daily with your favorite dish or main.
Leftovers can be stored in a tightly sealed container or freezer safe ziplock bag at room temperature for 1-2 days or in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, for optimal freshness.
Yes! They can be frozen for a few months (2-3 to be exact) by adding them to a freezer-safe ziplock bag, labeling with a date, and wallah. To defrost, simply place on the countertop at room temperature for the quickest thaw before re-heating on the stove top or oven to serve.
Yes of course! Simply use vegan butter instead of regular butter!
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