As I have been batch cooking recently I have been using my simple tortilla recipe at least twice a month. I like to make my simple tortilla recipe as it means I can pop chicken fajitas in the slow cooker in the morning and don’t need any fresh tortillas on hand.
I first made this recipe not to save money but because I wanted fajitas and didn’t want to walk to the shops in the rain. I then saw just how easy this simple tortilla recipe is and I haven’t looked back since! I do buy supermarket tortillas, on occasion, but only if I see on offer. I love the taste of these fresh ones and they are so much easier to make than I ever thought!
Ingredients for my simple tortilla recipe
250 grams of plain flour
3 grams of salt
5 grams of baking powder
15 grams of butter
100ml of water
Method for my simple tortilla recipe
This is SO easy – hence the name. Mix together the plain flour, salt and baking powder. Personally I sieve first, but you really don’t need to. Then use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour. Once this is well broken up you can add the water.
Divide the dough into small balls. I personally go for 6 or 8 pieces, as that suits the two of us. I make them a little thicker than the supermarket ones, just because I really enjoy the texture. However, if you want to make them a similar size and thickness of the ones you would buy in a supermarket then you’ll want 10 or 12 balls of dough.
I tend to use a rolling pin to roll my tortillas out but if you want to save a bit of time then a tortilla press is a fantastic item. This will speed up your tortilla making and make them extra thin too. If you don’t have a rolling pin or a tortilla press you could even use a pint glass to roll the dough out.
Cook the tortillas in a dry frying pan until those lovely little brown spots appear. This is where the butter has melted and means that the tortillas are ready. As you are cooking just one or two at a time you can keep them warm under a tea towel but it only takes a few minutes to cook a whole batch.
Costings for my simple tortilla recipe
I must admit that I was surprised when I worked this out…
Supermarket tortillas – 320-464g of tortillas are around £1. Sometimes they are as high as £1.60 but they are usually on offer for £1 anyway.
This recipe makes around 370g of tortilla dough (depending on if you add extra water) and costs just 18p + the energy to cook the tortillas. This is based on using sea salt and Lurpak, so you could probably cut back another couple of pence with cheaper ingredients.
This simple tortilla recipe is easy to prepare, taking about 3 minutes to get ready. It can then rest while you get your tortilla filling cooking and then it takes another 3-4 minutes to roll out and a similar time to cook. It is fair to say that it is a very small amount of effort for the high quality that you get. The tortillas taste delicious and they look almost the same as the supermarket ones. My husband is a fan and I love knowing that I can have the ingredients in my cupboard to knock these up any time. This is great for meal planning as it means I don’t have to make a special trip for tortillas if I want to make fajitas, quesadillas or enchiladas.
This is also a fantastic recipe to use when I have slow cooker roast chicken or slow cooker pulled pork leftovers. It takes minutes to get ready and can even be used when you fancy something different in your lunch box.