That's right my friends, homemade tortillas. They are much tastier and cheaper than store bought. I will admit that it takes some muscle to roll them out. Once you realize how delicious they are, the effort makes it worth it every once in a while. Then you'll hate using store bought tortillas. You'll start to covet a tortilla press. Once you get one you'll pop out tortillas like crazy with hardly any effort involved. A tortilla press really isn't all that expensive ($20) and you'll save money in the long run. No more store bought tortillas!
2 1/2 c flour
3 T butter, shortening, or margarine
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup hot water (make it as hot as you can stand to touch with your hand)
1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening to resemble cornmeal. Add water slowly, mixing with your hands to make a soft dough. You may not need all the water.
2. Divide into small balls the size of golf balls. Cover with damp towel to keep balls moist. One by one roll out into size and thickness you prefer. This is where a tortilla press can come in and make life easier. Cover waiting dough balls with damp towel to prevent from drying out.
3. Cook on top of stove over medium-high heat using a cast iron grill or heavy skillet until top is slightly bubbly then turning on opposite side for a minute or two. If you over cook them they will become hard. A very thin tortilla will take less than a minute on each side.
4. Keep stacked and warm inside a clean, lightly damp dish towel. This will help keep them soft.
Store in plastic bag. Heat in microwave for 5-10 seconds to soften tortilla when ready for use.