Mexican Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

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I learned this recipe from watching my mom in Mexico, however, nobody (not even my mom) knows how much of every ingredient you are supposed to use, so I experimented with different amounts of ingredients and came up with this one, which is pretty good and not so loaded with fat. This is great to do with kids on the weekend, and something you can enjoy anytime!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 36 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 tortillas

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups whole wheat bread flour

  • ½ cup shortening

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

  • all-purpose flour for rolling

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together 1 cup all-purpose flour, the whole wheat flour, and salt. Rub in the shortening by hand until the mixture is the texture of oatmeal. Make a well in the center, and pour in the boiling water. Mix with a fork until all of the water is evenly incorporated. Sprinkle with a bit of additional flour, and knead until the dough does not stick to your fingers. The dough should be smooth.

  2. Make balls the size of golf balls, about 2 ounces each. Place them on a tray, and cover with a cloth. Let stand for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.

  3. Heat a griddle or large frying pan over high heat. On a lightly floured surface, roll out a tortilla to your preferred thinness. Fry one at a time. Place on the griddle for 10 seconds, as soon as you see a bubble on the top, flip the tortilla over. Let it cook for about 30 seconds, then flip and cook the other side for another 30 seconds. Roll out the next tortilla while you wait for that one to cook. Repeat until all of the balls have been cooked. Tortillas can be refrigerated or frozen.

Cook's Note:

For white Mexican Flour Tortillas, use the same amounts of flour, but using white flour only. Another variation is to use 3/4, 1 cup, or 1 1/4 of vegetable shortening or lard. All these amounts work; I have tried them, but I like to keep things light. I must say the best tasting recipe is the one with all white flour, and 1 1/4 cup lard...of course!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

179 Calories
6g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 179
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 261mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 5g
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 119mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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