I've been wanting to make my own flour tortillas for a long time now, but didn't think I had enough time (plus I was a bit intimidated by the whole thing, really!). I thought it would take me a half day to make these, but they didn't. It took me about an hour from start to finish to make a dozen large tortillas. This recipe comes from our friend, Gloria, who did a lesson on making these at a ladies fellowship a couple years ago! I can't believe that I've had this recipe that long without trying these myself. So, finally...here goes...
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup coconut oil or butter flavored shortening
2 cups hot water (as hot as you can stand to touch)
Step 1: Mix together, BY HAND, all dry ingredients.
Step 2: Add water and mix by hand.
Step 4: Form the tistales (small fat disk-shaped dough pieces approximately 3/4" thick and 3 inches in diameter).
Step 5: Roll the tistales into 8-inch circles. (I'm not sure how big mine were, as I experimented with different amounts of dough to roll out.) You'll want to make sure that you roll it out as thin as possible!
Step 6: Place on a hot cast iron griddle (comal). You will not need to grease the pan. (I learned this the hard way when I put my first one on there and it came out so greasy.--yikes!!) Turn tortilla until done (about 30-45 seconds on each side).
Step 7: Enjoy your warm homemade tortillas! I used ground turkey to make our soft tacos. Another lady in my church gave me a recipe for making your own taco seasoning mix. Q and I both enjoyed this new seasoning. Try it out for yourself!
Taco Seasoning Mix (makes 2 cups)
Mix together with a fork the following ingredients:
3/4 cup dried, minced onion
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons salt
1/4 cup chile powder
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon marjoram (optional)
2 tablespoons dried red pepper (optional)
2 teaspoons dried, minced garlic
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons paprika
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons mix and 1/2 cup water to 1 lb ground beef or turkey. Simmer until thickened.