Homemade tortillas are easier to make than you think. Hot off the grill, tortillas can be used as the base for delicious fajitas. Rolling tortilla dough is similar to working with biscuit dough. Roll tortillas ahead of time, sprinkling some flour between each to keep them from sticking together. Seal the stack with plastic wrap until the grill is ready. Cooking a tortilla takes about a minute.
Makes 8 servings, 2 tortillas each
- 2½ cups flour plus extra for kneading and rolling
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
- 2/3 cup warm water
In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt and baking powder until well combined. Cut shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry blender until it becomes coarse in texture. Stir in water until dough forms.
Prepare work surface with flour. Place the dough on floured surface and kneed until it is smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes, reflouring the surface as needed.
Form the dough into 16 round balls, equal in size. Cover the dough balls loosely with plastic wrap and let rise on counter for 30 minutes.
Heat grill to medium temperature. Flour work surface. Roll out each dough ball into a 6- to 8-inch round tortilla. Place tortillas on the hot grill one at a time. Cook for 45 to 60 seconds and flip to the other side for an additional 45 to 60 seconds. Repeat for remaining tortillas. Stack and cover tortillas until ready to serve.