Flour Tortillas

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JoSele Swopes Recipe
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JoSele's notes for this recipe:
I got this recipe from a friend...This is the same friend I got my Sopapilla recipe from..Her family has made these for generations...They are so good you can use them to eat with chili, green chili stew, Huevos Rancheros, Green Chili cheese Chicken Soup and many other things..we put butter on them, Peanut Butter and cheese, we make sandwiches with them too...
Here is the history..



With the recent popularity of Mexican food and wraps in general, flour tortillas are now a very popular subject. With a little practice you will discover they are much easier to prepare than corn tortillas and that it is just as easy to make great ones as ordinary ones!

Anxious to be able to prepare their staple breads, Spaniards brought wheat seeds with them to Mexico. Unfortunately, wheat did not do well in the humidity and heat of southern Mexico. It was not until years later when Spanish settlers arrived in northern Mexico that they found the dry cold winters required for the crop to flourish. Ironically, by that time, the Spaniards were accustomed to Indian foods and quickly adapted wheat to the preparation of a new type of tortilla.

Being close to northern Mexico, flour tortillas are very popular in the United States, where they are widely available in supermarkets. Another reason why flour tortillas are so popular is that really good corn tortillas are almost impossible to find in the United States, and difficult to prepare, while top quality flour tortillas are relatively easy to make.

All flour tortillas are similar in ingredients and preparation but not in size. They vary from about 4 inches to about 18 inches in diameter, and in thickness from paper-thin to over 1/8 inch thick. Generally, the largest, thinnest tortillas are found in the Mexican state of Sonora, where burritos are thought to have been invented. There, it was discovered that dried meat wrapped in very large flour tortillas could be carried in saddlebags and, if necessary, eaten with one hand while riding a horse. This style of flour tortilla is also popular in Baja California, Arizona, California, and New Mexico. One exception is Tex-Mex cooking where thick, puffy flour tortillas are used in place of bread, and to wrap fajitas and other fillings.

The most common flour tortilla size is what I call the all-purpose flour tortilla, and has a diameter of about 6 1/2 to 7 ½ inches, and is less than 1/8 inch thick.
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1. Combine dry ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl and cut in shortening.
2. Make a well in center of dry ingredients. Add water, a small amount at a time, and work mixture into a dough.
3. Knead dough until smooth, cover, and set aside for 10 minutes.
4. Form dough into balls the size of an egg. Roll each ball of dough into a circle 6 inches in diameter.
5. Heat a griddle or skillet on medium-high heat. Place each tortilla on griddle and cook for approximately 1 minute on each side. (Tortilla should be lightly speckled.)

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user Bonnie D. Utahn - Sep 23, 2010
I always wanted a tortilla recipe. I am going to try this. I spent 3 months in Mexico in remote areas, like El Pilar that you could only get to by horse, and met friendly villagers who were always feeding us. (What hospitality!) Their tortillas were outstanding, not like the package kind in the states.
user JoSele Swopes JODIE57 - Sep 23, 2010
There are very few packaged ones I will eat...We have two places that I will buy them at when not making them...Frontier Restaurant makes them fresh daily..When you buy theirs they are still warm in the package..very flaky....The other is Albuquerque Tortilla Factory fresh daily too...I have only gone to the border towns and they suck....I know the further in you go the better.....
user Nancy R Robeyone - Sep 23, 2010
JoSele, do either of these places ship? I would love to try them
user JoSele Swopes JODIE57 - Sep 23, 2010
I know Albuquerque Tortilla Factory does....

There is a down load able menu...and Phone #

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