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My mom is from Costa Rica so I grew up with a lot of traditional spanish foods. Homemade tortillas were pretty popular in my house, although my favorites are platanos (plantains in English) and my aunt’s incredible tamales. But there’s also nothing like a fresh warm tortilla to wrap ANYTHING in. The best part is how easy they are to make. There are only five simple ingredients:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 heaping tsp salt
- 5 Tbsp shortening, lard, softened butter, or olive oil
- 3/4 cup warm water
Now, if you’re going to make them the traditional way, you’ll be using lard. Not always the healthiest choice, but definitely makes for delicious tortillas. A lot of the recipes I’m seeing online get all fancy with their recipe making, i.e., pull out your dough mixer. I suppose you can definitely use your dough mixer or even a food processor, but I’m going to take you through it the old fashion way and it’s so easy.
Mix all five ingredients together in a large bowl. In Costa Rica you just dig your clean hands in the bowl and kneed everything together until you get a doughy consistency. Pull off chunks of the dough mixture, rolls into a ball then place on a floured surface and roll out your tortillas. Use flour as needed to avoid sticking. Brush your pan lightly with oil (we always use cast iron) and allow the oil to heat up. I usually drop a drop of water in the pan and when it sizzles you’re pan is hot. Place your rolled out tortilla in the pan and let cook until it’s lightly browned (kind of like when you cook pancakes) then flip your tortilla and repeat. Done. Keep your yummy tortillas covered to stay warm. They’re great with breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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