Mamatoga Recipe: Make Your Own Flour Tortillas

Now, I know what you're thinking, when I first thought about making my own flour tortillas I was a little intimated. But once I tried it and saw how easy it was I fell in love with making my own. I am a wrap freak. I make breakfast wraps, lunch wraps, I could easily have a tortilla for every meal of the day and so could the kids. One of our favorite, super easy go-to meals is just some sliced peppers and onions sauteed and then topped with whatever we like: sriracha, vegan and non-vegan cheese, sour cream, crème fraiche or low-fat greek yogurt, avocado slices, salsa and more. It is inexpensive, easy, and fast. I love the idea that I can make one meal that can also be customized per person (and per child) so that everyone gets what they want. I've adapted this recipe so you don't have to use any lard, instead I use canola oil.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Organic, Unbleached Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ⅓ cups Canola Oil
  • 1 cup warm water

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the canola oil and mix with your fingers.

Next add warm water a little at a time until your dough is soft and not sticky. You do not need very hot water.

Knead the dough for a few minutes and then gently pull off pieces of dough to form about 12 small dough balls. Let them rest for at least 10 minutes. You can also make the dough ahead of time and leave it in the fridge overnight.

Pre-heat your skillet to medium while you roll out the dough balls. Flour your work surface (and dough balls) a bit, and roll them out using a rolling pin until they’re thin and circular. This is a fun part to let the kids jump in and roll out their own tortillas. Don't sweat it if they’re not perfectly round. Mine usually come out semi-round-ish and they will taste great no matter what shape they are!
Once you’ve got a few tortillas rolled out, place one in your skillet. When it starts to bubble a little, flip it over with tongs. Cook until lightly browned in spots, but don’t overcook!

These tortillas won't last long since they have no preservatives, but if you happen to have any leftover from dinner throw some eggs, sour cream, black beans, chopped tomatoes and some fresh cilantro in them the next morning for a delicious breakfast!