Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mexican Fiesta

We love Mexican food.  Not the "taco bell" kind of food....real, authentic Mexican food.    Most authentic recipes satisfy my top 3 requirements for meals--  Super delicious, really easy, and most meals are really inexpensive to make too!

Many of our favourites--enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas require flour tortillas or wraps.  These are easy and fast to make--the freeze beautifully and the recipe easily doubles or triples to make extra for another meal

I've only purchased tortillas at the store once since I discovered this recipe--nobody wanted to eat them!  If you have never had a fresh tortilla before--beware--they are THAT MUCH better!

Flour Tortillas
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup cold lard
3/4  cup hot water

Mix the flour baking powder and salt.  Cut in lard with a pastry cutter or 2 knives until crumbly.  Add hot water and mix with a wooden spoon until it starts to come together.  Pour out onto board and knead for about 4-5 minutes until well combined and a nice soft dough is achieved. 

Cut dough into 8-10 equal pieces. Cover and let sit for at least 15 minutes (I prefer to get it ready ahead of time, and let it sit for an hour or 2).

 Using rolling pin, roll out dough into a 6-7 inch circle. (the dough will not stick to the board because of the lard--so you won't need to use any flour on the board when rolling :)

Cook one at a time in a dry very hot frying pan.  Tortillas may puff up--that's okay, just flip them over when they start to brown on the bottom (about 1 min per side).

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