Saturday, May 5, 2012

Homemade Flour Tortillas for Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

To celebrate, I wanted to share with you a recent video I made on how to make homemade flour tortillas. Towards the end of the video, I also demonstrate how to use the tortillas to make vegetable quesadillas.

Prepared from a short list of common ingredients (flour, shortening, salt and water), you won't believe how easy tortillas are to make from scratch—and they’re cheap, too! You don't need to use a tortilla press or any fancy equipment, just your hands, a rolling pin, and a cast iron skillet. If you want to reduce prep time even further, simply add all of the ingredients to a food processor and whirl away. After rolling the dough into flat discs, the best part is watching it squirm and bubble in the hot skillet as it dries out, instantly morphing, Hulk-style, into a bona fide tortilla.

There are so many uses for homemade flour tortillas. In addition to quesadillas, they are the base of many of our favorite handheld Mexican foods like burritos, tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas. Granted, flour tortillas are a little more Tex-Mex than Mexican. Corn tortillas are what you will commonly find in traditional dishes such as Mexico City street tacos, and are considered more authentic to Mexican cuisine. Corn tortillas are also a bit healthier, but it’s Cinco de Mayo and we’re celebrating.

If you come here often, you know that Mexican food is one of my favorites. Here are a few more recipes that are perfect for Cinco de Mayo:

Mexican Meatball Soup
Pico de Gallo & Guacamole
Margarita Sorbet
Tequila-Flamed Mangoes


CJ - Food Stories said...

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Anonymous said...

Love your blog it very informative. You have great ideas.

Patty said...

I love the vlog and can't wait to try making them! So practical and yummy :)