Making Fresh Tortillas - The Sequel! / Tip: Making Fresh Taco Shells
The sequel is better than the original! This is my 2nd attempt at making Fresh Tortillas; I used a houseofyumm.com recipe I found on Pinterest! It had very good instructions and tips! My first attempt was okay to pretty good -- I was lazy with my first attempt and didn't roll them out with a rolling pin. They tasted good, but maybe they looked more like roti or chapati. Haha!
I made 1/3 batch of the ingredients below. I used shortening instead of lard.
According to the recipe, this would only make 4 tortillas, but I made smaller ones and got 11 actually (see below).
One difference with her recipe was you mix the water with lard / fat of choice -- separately from the flour. She also says you want to make sure that the fat is dissolved. I think this tip helped! I just microwaved the water for 30-45 seconds.
Then you mix it with flour & salt, and you knead it for 10 min. Good tips on what the dough should be like. I just kneaded it while I was watching TV. Then I made it into 11 little balls and let it rest for 30 min.
Rolling out the tortillas: Before I rolled out the tortillas, I put a cast iron pan on the stove on medium (without oil) to let it heat up -- they take 5-10 min. to heat up. Good tip on that the dough should thin and translucent before cooking them.
Then you just cook them for 45-60 sec. on each side or until there are brown spots.
Tip: Making Taco Shells:
To make Taco Shells, right out of the pan when they were still warm -- I took the warm tortilla shells and put them in the bottom of a muffin pan.
I learned that trick from a few YouTube videos. :)
We are good at this! The tortillas were really good! As I mentioned above, houseofyumm.com had really good tips on how to make the tortillas. Check it out!
Here are a bunch of the taco shells and some ground beef tacos -- Yum! Check out that post!
Give it a try! We are good at this!