White Flour Tortillas

Although Mexican in origin, white flour tortillas are also the cornerstone of American Tex-Mex cooking. When the Spanish introduced flour and cattle ranching to the northernmost regions of Mexico, it was only a matter of time before the industrious Mexicans began to make their ancient corn tortillas out of flour. Shrinking borders as Texas expanded southwards left Mexico with much less territory and Texans with a much richer cuisine. These tortillas are used to wrap foods, especially burritos, breakfast tacos, and quesadillas.

Mexican flour tortillas

White Flour Tortillas

Soft and chewy, these flour tortillas are perfect for burritos, quesadillas, breakfast tacos, or queso fundido (melted cheese dip).
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Course: Bread, Breakfast, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican, Norteno Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 Tortillas
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • Large heavy-bottomed skillet
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • tsp Kosher salt
  • tsp Baking powder
  • ¾ cup Warm water
  • 2 tbsp Lard, butter, or neutral flavored oil

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Rub melted shortening into flour until it resemble coarse crumbs. Add water all at once and work dough until no dry flour remains in the bowl.
  • Knead dough for 1 minute on a lightly floured work surface until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough into equal parts and roll each into a ball. Cover balls and rest for another 15 minutes.
  • Preheat skillet to as hot as possible. Place a ball of dough on a lightly floured work surface. Pat down into a flat disk. The flatten into an 8-inch disk with a rolling pin. Place disk in the hot skillet for 1 minute. Flip tortilla and cook another 30-60 seconds so that bottom develops a few brown spots. Transfer to a plate and cover with a kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining dough balls. Serve while still warm or refrigerate for up-to 3 days wrapped in paper towels and placed inside a sealed plastic bag.

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

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