Making Tortillas (The Real Deal)

Sólo he estado en El Salvador cuarenta y tres días

If you know me, you know that I like to cook.

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Whether it’s baking cookies for the staff I work with at the clinic, cinnamon toast crunch cupcakes for ladies’ night at the church, or chicken parmesan for dinner, I enjoy it to the fullest.

But this cooking adventure was a little more than I had taken on before; I was going to be cooking tortillas!!  You may remember from a previous post that Kaitlin was astonished that I had never made tortillas before.  (Imagine that, a gringa that had never actually made tortillas… haha)

Well I’m happy to say that I lived to tell the tale of making tortillas, and I’m here to share with you all how to make them.  (Note: I was told that making tortillas successfully on your first try can usually be described as a “happy accident” since there isn’t much room for error.  So I may not make tortillas again soon so that way I have a long time to boast about how well they turned out haha)

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Step 1: Gather ingredients: flour (5 c), salt (2t), baking powder (2.5t), shortening (.5c), hot water(1.5-2c). (M&M container sitting temptingly close is completely optional.)

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Step 2: Mix ingredients together except for water. Pour the hot water into the flour mixture and mix with your hands.  Be warned that hot water and bare hands do not mix well together so be prepared.  Also, make the process as messy as possible.

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Step 3: Knead dough and let sit for 20 min.

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Step 4: Make 18 balls of dough with the dough and let sit again for 20 min.

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Step 5: Roll the balls of dough out and place immediately on the hot griddle.  (Also, do not be ashamed of your PVC pipe rolling pins.)

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Step 6: Cook tortillas only a few seconds on each side.

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Step 7: Take the tortillas off the griddle and keep warm under a towel or in tortilla warmer until served.

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Step 8: Celebrate amazing, homemade tortillas with a celebratory picture!! (No matter how blurry it may be!)

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Step 9 (optional): Brag (humbly, of course!) to every Salvadorian woman you know that you made tortillas for dinner and be prepared for their response: “Oh good! Now you can get married!” 😉

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6 Comments

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6 responses to “Making Tortillas (The Real Deal)

  1. Tressa Morrow

    way to go! I still didn’t see the M&M bowl in the pictures….did the actress and photographer get paid with them, by chance????

  2. Nobody tell my dad that you can make food with PVC pipe :O Those look awesome. Now I want mexican food. Again…I might have to stop reading your blog lest I become interested in cooking.

  3. Pam wittfeld

    Wow! PVC practice for polymer clay translated to real world use! And people have the nerve to say art is not important! Hee Hee! I bet they are truly delicate and delicious! Yum!

  4. Dave morrow

    You set yourself up for making them at home!

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