Operation Homemade Tortillas

Homemade _tortillas 
Sometimes I get plum annoyed by the price of things.  My latest annoyance is the price of organic tortillas or wraps.  Rather than just crab about it I decided to try to make my own.  Yeah, I'm stickin' it to the Tortilla Man.

How I went about making said tortillas is below.  Typically, I've been spending between $2.99 and $3.99 for 6 – 10 store bought tortillas or wraps.  This morning, I just made 9 tortillas for about 75 cents.  It took me about 1 hour to make them including the dough resting period.

 Tools Needed
Tortilla Press – We were in Toronto's China Town district on the weekend so I picked one up for dirt cheap.

Electric Frying Pan or Griddle – The mother in-law bequeathed us an ancient Hoover stainless steel electric fry pan.  It's probably the best appliance I have in the house other than our JENN-AIR  gas range.  I suppose you could use a regular non-stick pan but electric gives you a nice even temperature.

Rolling Pin, Cooling Rack, Waxed Paper, Slightly Damp Cloth, Plastic Bag.

 Basic White Flour Tortilla Recipe
2 cups Unbleached White Organic Flour
1/2 tsp Organic Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Organic Vegetable Shortening (I used Earth Balance brand)
1/2 cup luke warm water

Combine baking powder, salt and flour into a bowl.  Cut in the shortening.  Add water to form a dough ball.  Rub a bit of extra shortening on the ball and put it into a plastic bag to rest for 1/2 an hour.

Dust tortilla press with flour.  Pinch off dough about the size of a golf ball.  Squish.  Remove and use a rolling pin to stretch the tortilla to roughly 8" in diameter.  Put the tortilla on your preheated electric pan (400 degrees).  Do not oil the pan.  Leave it cook for about 1 minute per side or until there are some golden bits on each side.

Remove tortilla and put on a cooling rack.  Place cloth over top so tortilla will not dry out.  As you cook and remove the tortillas, place waxed paper in between them and cover the top tortilla with the cloth.  Once all have cooled, store in a plastic bag in the fridge.  Keep waxed paper between tortillas to prevent sticking.


  • How much did the Tortilla Press cost? – The Husband.

    The HusbandNovember 8, 2010
  • Dear Husband,
    The tortilla press was purchased for a one time investment of $15.99. If we are to average our household tortilla consumption to 4 tortillas per week over a span of 10 years, the amortized cost of said tortilla press over the next 10 years will be 0.0076875 cents per tortilla. A bargain for sure :P

    OrganicExpertNovember 8, 2010

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