There are few things better in the world than a fresh-cooked flour tortilla. The aroma alone is reason enough to make them at home. The feel of a warm, flour-dusted tortilla against your lips, the soft, chewy bite, and the taste of a touch of charring is an experience you won’t get in any other food. You definitely won’t get it with a store-bought tortilla, but you will with this authentic flour tortilla recipe.
I grew up in a small mining town in central Arizona. Stepping into a friend’s house to find her mother flipping the day’s tortillas on the stove was one of my greatest joys. Inhaling the tummy tickling fragrance of charred flour on an heirloom comal, I prayed they would give me one. Which, of course, they did – plain or slathered with butter and honey. Certainly, it was the look of longing in my eyes that made them do it. It was probably pretty pathetic, the truth be told.
My best friend’s mother taught me how to stretch tortillas by hand when I was thirteen. As a result, I got pretty good at it. Even though, I made a lot of wonky, hole-y tortillas, at first. I don’t stretch them by hand anymore. It’s easier to roll them with a rolling pin. Believe me, they still taste as good, even if I don’t look as impressive while I’m making them.
Different Flour Tortilla Recipes
Flour tortillas are made in different sizes and textures. Some are made with baking powder and are relatively small, thick, and a bit bread-y. They’re good for scooping and dipping beans, eggs, and other foods. This is the type of tortilla I encountered most often when I lived in New Mexico. It was actually quite a shock to my senses when I first saw them. Who makes fat tortillas? But, they quickly found their way into my heart and stomach. (I’ll post a recipe for those soon.)
This flour tortilla recipe is for my favorite type – my first love so to speak – the large, thin, unleavened tortillas. Tear and fold them to scoop food or use them to make burritos, chimichangas, and quesadillas. Drizzle them with honey or slather on butter with sugar and cinnamon for a quick treat that you and your family will love. I serve them with creamy refried beans and green chile meat or use them to dip into salsa verde. That’s always a hit at my house. (I’ll post those recipes soon, as well.)
Tortillas are not hard to make, but it’s important to follow the recipe, exactly, to get the best results. If you need help troubleshooting, please let me know in the comments below. I’ll do my best to help you.
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