Recipe by Chef John
"Homemade tortillas are so much better that if you do decide to give these a try, be warned that you'll have a very hard time ever going back to the packaged option again."
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1 3/4 cups
all-purpose flour for dusting
Great recipe. Awesome with the stated shortening, but if you're like me and want a lower fat one, you can get a great result with 2 tablespoons shortening (just be aware you may need to adjust the water if reducing the shortening). I double the recipe and keep the leftovers (if any) wrapped in plastic for the morning. Just put it back on a hot skillet for a minute each side and it becomes soft and pliable again. Scramble and egg, add cheese, and you have great breakfast burritoes!
I've made my own tortillas a few times with different recipes from this site. I used this recipe exactly. I thought I'd try this out one but I wasn't too pleased with it. I think it had too much shortening and made them taste a little gummy.
When I first made these, I was planning on having to later run to the store to buy tortillas because I didn't think that I would be able to make these, since I am terrible at making bread. My end result was exactly what they are supposed to look like. and they tasted much better than store bought tortillas. I was very impressed by this recipe, I found that the video was very very helpful. I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could. To be completely honest, I did burn one (oops) because I forgot about them on the stove while doing dishes :) But that was my fault. I wouldn't change the recipe at all, just remember to stay at the stove the whole time. Thank you Chef John for sharing this great recipe, I will be looking into your other delicious looking recipes, they look amazing. Oh, and I did not use a tortilla press, I used a rolling pin. They were very fun to make!
Great recipe, very easy to make. If using a tortilla press, ask your local florist for a few sheets of their clear wrap for flowers. Much easier to use with the press, one sheet can be cut into many pieces. Makes this recipe even easier to make!
I thought these were alright. The tutorial video was very helpful. Watch it for tips, and definitely use the tortilla press. I learned from making corn tortillas that they are a lot quicker to make on a pancake griddle. The recipe I have used in the past uses vegetable oil instead of shortening. I prefer that, much more, because these were a little heavier, thick, and doughier than what I have made in the past and had a floury after taste I have not experienced in other recipes. I found that a temp. of 350 deg. on the pancake griddle was best for getting the puff, like Chef John illustrates in the video. Was interesting to try a new recipe, but will stick with the vegetable oil version.
I've made these a few times and they never turn out as good looking as on the video. I'm not sure what I did wrong! they tasted more like an Indian flat bread than a tortilla.
We loved this recipe! We have 5 boys and like the burrito size a double reipe makes 8 burrito size tortillas. I have a large ammount of the dry ingrediants pre mixed so all I have to do is measure out 4 cups of mix, add 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp shortning and 1 cup water. Quick and easy!
First time ever making tortillas. I am living in Ecuador and right now you can't find them in any stores nearby. Now I consider myself fortunate. I never knew they could be so easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly. To flatten mine I put down half of a clean clear plastic food bag on the table; another one over the top of the dough and flattened with a pan. Worked fine for me, although when I get home I will probably buy a press.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Flour Tortillas
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 60
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