Wednesday, March 5, 2014

So Simple and Easy…Homemade Tortillas

I don’t do many posts about food. We don’t cook elaborate meals. Living here in Florida we grill most of our meat and then do simple veggies for our sides. Often we even grill our veggies.

But I get so hungry for Mexican food…Tex Mex!



So last week when I made Tex Mex, I remembered to take a photo of the homemade flour tortillas.


They are so easy with only a few ingredients.


2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup shortening

1/2 cup warm water

Combine flour and salt, cut in shortening until crumbly. Add warm water until dough holds together. Knead for a couple of minutes. Divide into 6 equals parts and roll out into a round circle.  Cook on hot ungreased griddle, 1 minute on one side, flip for 30 seconds on the other side. Stack in a cake pan, cover in foil and keep in 300 degree oven until ready to assemble.


Too bad I didn’t take a photo of the ‘full meal’! lol But when dinner’s ready around here we only think about eating not taking photos.

You can use your imagination and fill these with whatever filling you have on hand.

We grilled a flank steak. I sauteed  strips of onion with red and green sweet bell peppers. Then we filled our tortillas with some of the meat and veggies, grated cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream….oh and a big spoon full of salsa. But you could use ground meat or chicken, too. (avocado or homemade guacamole is amazing, too)

We ate ours with rice and corn on the cob. Use your imagination!

And these tortillas don’t have preservatives, artificial colors and unnecessary ingredients. Just plain and simple….and home made good!

I was looking for a good photo that I had taken of Mexican food and found this one of ME taken 5 years ago at Papa’s & Beer on my birthday! How embarrassing! hahahaha!!!


I’m joining Penny at Comforts of Home for Tasty Tuesday HERE! Come over to get some great recipes!

What’s for dinner at your house?


Stephanie said...

YUM!! I would love to make homemade tortillas - thanks for the recipe :) And dear Diane, you look lovely with your sombrero :) Hugs to you!

ann said...

Great hat. We love Mexican food. I should try to make my own tortillas.

Barbara said...

We do simple meals here too, but I like the sound of your Tex Mex and the photo is wonderful! Also like the sound of Papa'sand Beer! ;)

Christine said...

You look fantastic in the sombrero! Its so colorful too!
Enjoy your dinner!

Susan said...

When we moved to Massachusetts after living in California for ten years, I hated not having fresh tortillas. I started making my own and I can vow they really are easy and so good. Love the sombrero! XOXO

Cranberry Morning said...

Ha! Love the photo of you in the sombrero, Diane! And grilling meat sounds wonderful. I bet we could pull our grill out of the snowbank and start grilling. Sounds delicious!

jody said...

I should try these actually will.. I get so hungry for mexican food! Yum! Enjoy your dat!

Stacey said...

Fresh tortillas are just as wonderful as fresh bread in my book. I've never made them homemade though. Looks wonderfully delicious.

Unknown said...

I've never made a tortilla in my life so this is getting pinned without a doubt ( would have loved to see the whole meal - that was quite selfish of you LMHO )

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Cute picture Diane. Your Tex Mex sounds delicious...nothing like homemade tortillas. Yum!!

Suzan said...

I'm impressed that you make your own tortillas!! Awesome!
We have our favorite Mexican Rest. that we indulge at least twice a month!!
LOVELY tile/mosaic title photo!!

Debby Ray said...

Wow...I've never even thought of msking my own torillas! That's awesome...they look yummy! I also love me some Mexican food...the fajitas you made sound amazing!

Montanagirl said...

I did a screenshot of your Tortillas recipe. I might try them one of these days - even though my husby isn't big on that sort of thing.

20 North Ora said...

Sounds yummy!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wow! I am not a very ambitious cook so making my own tortillas never occurred to me. They do look good! Hugs!!


joyh82 said...

Love the picture of you in the Mexican hat!! Not sure what we are having yet. Maybe a cheese Quesadilla or a fish sandwich.

Vee said...

Hmmmm...I must try that! You look great in that hat!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

You make it sound easy, Diane! Thanks! You always look so cute;) Twyla

Susie said...

I think some store bought tortillas would last about 10 years in a fridge. LOL. Scary ! You looked like you were enjoying yourself at the restaurant . Hope you are having a great day. xoxo,Susie

Pamela Gordon said...

I don't care for Mexican or spicy food as it hurts my tummy. You look so cute in your Mexican sombrero. :)

camp and cottage living said...

You look adorable in this picture! Ole'
Mexican is my favorite food choice. I cook it at least every other week, mostly I do chicken enchiladas.
It cost over five dollars for a pkg of ten tortillas here, so thanks for the recipe. I'll use it!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

WOW! I have never made a tortilla before! I am impressed. I would love it if you lined up to my Tasty Tuesday party!

Diane said...

Never tried homemade tortillas. Should give it a go. That sombrero looks quite festive! How fun that must have been!

Poppy said...

Nothing like homemade goodness! Diane, it seems to me that you and your hubby are always on the go, so active and energetic, and now I know why: interesting, healthy and tasty food!

You look adorable in your sombrero!

Have a wonderful day!


RURAL said...

I love homemade tortillas...and they are easy to make. They don't last long enough around here to be frozen, but I have heard that you can do that too..I would love to get a tortilla press one day.

Yours look so good.


Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Love your Sombrero, you look just darling in it! You and your husband have such a neat life and are so energetic and participate in everything with such gusto and enthusiasm!
Warm Hugs,

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Diane, we are twins. My husband took me for a Mexican dinner for my birthday April 15th a few years back and I asked the guy if I could wear the Sombrero and my husband took the picture and I DID post it!!!!!!
DON'T be embarrassed I wasn't I think we look cute and you look cute as a button. We only live once so enjoy it that is what my hubby always says!!!!!!
Love ya girl,
Hugs and Kisses
Tricia XO

Lynn said...

Papa's and Beer sounds like my kind of place! Homemade tortillas sound good, actually, a filled on sounds great right about now:@)

Joanne said...

YUMMERS!!!!!! now I want Tex Mex!
Thanks for the recipe!
Blessings, Joanne

Sam I Am...... said...

Thank you for the recipe! I was just looking at one that called for those and you filled them with pie filling for a dessert.
I like your fillings too. It's about supper time and I'm getting hungry!

Trace4J said...

You look wonderful friend.
As happy as ever.
I love Mexican too.
Woolie hugs

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane! Oh, aren't you as cute as a button in your sombrero! I just love Mexican food, maybe my favorite. I'm so impressed you made your own tortillas! I've never tried to before. Your previous post was just beautiful with those gorgeous flamingos and yes, my roses look just like them! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

How cute you look in the sombrero, Diane! I've made tortillas before, but not in a long while. Thanks for the recipe and inspiration.

Betsy said...

never made my own tortillas but will now with the recipe you shared, love the ingredients you put into yours, Yummmm.
Love the hat for sure and that dish of what looks to be fried ice cream.

Musings from Kim K. said...

Aren't you a cutie in your sombrero. I think the girls and I would love to make homemade tortillas. Thank you for the recipe. Yum! Perhaps I can use some of our snow and make margaritas.

Celestina Marie said...

Diane you look adorable in the sombrero. Great recipe when one is hungry for TexMex. We have some awesome places here for Mexican cuisine.
Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Mexican food is a favorite of mine, but I haven't ever made tortillas.
You look cute in the sombrero. Did I spell that right? lol!

Tony said...

We get very good Mexican food around here. I love it.

Te ves hermosa con un
sombrero mi amiga


Great Hat Lovely Happy Smile. Hugs Judy

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh Diane,
This is perfect and my son just went to a favorite Mexican restaurant of ours today, and we were talking about when my mom used to make homemade tortillas. There's nothing like them, is there? You look so cute in your sombrero hat.


NanaDiana said...

I have never made tortillas! Who knew they were so simple? Thanks for the recipe. LOVE that picture of you in the sombrero. You sure are cute! xo Diana

Donna said...

We've never made them, but it sure sounds easy! And you look cute in the hat, LOL.