Monday, May 27, 2013

The versatile flour tortilla

Flour tortilla
Striving to keep to a budget can be challenging no matter where you live. However, we have found that one way you can usually save money is by preparing your food at home. Last year, when we were living in León, there was a lady close by our house who made tortillas at a price you can't beat even if you made them yourself - they were only 1 cordoba each. Now that we are living in Pearl Lagoon we have found very few ladies who make tortillas for a living. One time there was a little girl who came by the house selling tortillas for 5 cordobas each - a crazy price compared to León - certainly not a bargain!  Since we love eating tortillas we have started to make our own. We came across a very basic, easy to make flour tortilla that we have used in a variety of ways - for tacos, enchiladas, tortilla with refried beans, cheese, onion and tomato, and for flat-bread style pizza. The dough is very forgiving when you roll it out and although the tortillas usually aren't very circular they always taste great.

Here is the recipe we use:

3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
4-6 tbsp oil  (we use coconut oil)
1 1/4 cups warm water

Mix together the dry ingredients. Add the oil and water to the dry ingredients and mix well. Roll out on a floured surface and make a log shape. Cut off about 1 inch of dough and form into a circle. Roll out on floured surface. Cook in a non-stick pan over medium heat about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove and keep warm. Yield is approx. 18 tortillas.

Roll out the tortillas on floured surface

Cook in non-stick fry pan about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes each side

Use in your favorite recipe:

Tortillas, refried beans, cheese, onion and tomato

Chicken Enchiladas made with homemade tortillas