Homemade Tortillas

The more I read food labels, the more disappointed I become. Even at health food stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's,  I find myself frustrated by how many unnecessary ingredients are added to packaged foods. Sure, health food stores might leave out the  preservatives, but there are a slew of other food additives that I don't like consuming. Ingredients such as maltodextrin, soybean oil, canola oil, soy lecithin, xantham gum, and the list goes on. All of these ingredients are completely unnatural despite what the label may tell you.

When choosing which packaged foods to purchase, think to yourself what ingredients NEED to be in this particular food. The only neccessary ingredients for tortillas are flour, water, salt, and oil- preferably unrefined oil which does not include lard,  soybean, canola, or vegetable oils.

In an effort to continue striving to eat clean, whole foods, I have developed a very EASY, INEXPENSIVE recipe to make your own tortillas. When you make your food from scratch, you know exactly what you are eating! No surprise ingredients- what a relief!

Homemade Tortillas
makes 6-8 tortillas
1 cup whole grain wheat flour + extra for kneading
1/2 cup refined, unbleached flour
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup oil (I use cold pressed olive oil)

In a large mixing bowl, add flour, water, oil, and salt. Mix slightly with spoon. As dough becomes sticky, add extra flour as needed and knead with hands. Dough should not be sticky. Form dough into ball and cut in half. Continue shaping dough into balls and cutting in half until you have 6-8 balls, equal in size. Roll dough on floured surface into flat circles.  Roll dough as thin or as thick as you like; this is just personal preference. Cook on stove top in a skillet using medium heat.

Lisa Clouse  – (September 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM)  

Great looking tortillas! :) Thanks for continuing to inspire us to eat healthier and think more!!

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