Dry Mix Recipes: Tortilla Mix

 Tortilla mix

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If Mexican food is a staple in your house, this mix is for you.  A warm, homemade tortilla takes that burrito and bumps it up a notch.

16 cups flour (can use all regular flour, or combine half regular and half whole wheat), 6 tsp baking powder, 6 tsp salt, 1/2 cup -1 cup shortening (you can play around with a lesser amount than 1 cup to make these lower fat). Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and cut in shortening.  Store in an airtight container for several weeks.

To make the actual tortillas: put 2 cups of mix in a small bowl, making a well in the center. Add 1/2 – 3/4 cup warm water, a small bit at a time, mixing until you have a somewhat soft dough. Knead dough for a short while until it becomes elastic. Cover and set aside for a few minutes.

Place some flour on your rolling surface to be able to form your tortillas. If you have the extra bucks to splurge on a tortilla press, great. Otherwise a rolling pin will serve you just fine. Form dough into balls the size of eggs. Roll each ball into a 6 inch circle. (You can make the ball and flat size larger if you like, you just won’t get as many tortillas in a batch.) Cook on a preheated ungreased skillet over medium level heat on each side until they start to appear a bit speckled (about two minutes or so). Place on a plate and cover with a clean linen to keep them warm and soft. You can make these a few hours ahead, or a few days ahead and freeze if you have a big party coming up.

Obviously, there will be some (OK, many) evenings when you don’t feel up to this task. When you do have the time however, it can take a meal that you only have pennies to spend on (ex. bean burrito night) from drab to fab with no extra cost.  We had some friends over for breakfast one time.I made scrambled egg and refried bean burritos, these homemade tortillas, and set out some fresh and fun toppings like chopped scallions, onions, jalapenos, shredded cheese, Tobasco, etc. We had a large urn of coffee with some fun add-ons as well. Their favorite part of the whole breakfast . . . the tortillas. They told us this trumped any restaurant breakfast they had ever had and wanted the recipe. These tortillas are also a great way to get kids and teens excited about a meal.  Wrap up meals are a hit with the younger age group, and the homemade version really kicks things up a notch.