Tortillas – Middle School Monday

This is late so it may show up as Tuesday. Oh well. Life happens, right?

A couple of days ago we had not yet gone to the grocery store but I knew that tortillas would go great with our lunch of 15 bean soup. So, I pulled Miss E into the kitchen and had her make my grandmother’s tortilla recipe. It was a quick and fun way to prep lunch together and there were several stories to tell about eating these yummy tortillas when I was growing up.

The recipe is simple but the tortillas are nothing like you expect from a store. These are thicker, chewier (it’s a good thing, believe me!), and much more filling than the thin tortillas that are store bought.


Miss E mixed up the dough and then split it into balls. She then rolled each ball out as thin as she could get it. We cook these on an electric griddle that fits four at a time.

We enjoyed them with our soup and then with some butter and honey for dessert. YUM!

The recipe:

  • 4 C flour
  • 6 T powdered milk
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 3 T shortening
  • 1 C warm water

Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients and then add the water. This will make a softish dough but dry enough to roll out. Separate into 16-20 balls and roll as thin as you can on a floured surface. Cook on a hot, dry griddle. I used an electric griddle on 400 degrees. Cook until the side has some brown spots but not burned. Turn over and do the same.


At Home.

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10 thoughts on “Tortillas – Middle School Monday

  1. Annette Tinholt Vellenga October 25, 2016 at 7:46 am Reply

    I am going to try to make these. Perhaps with supper tonight. (depending on what I make)

  2. Carol Emmert October 25, 2016 at 6:43 pm Reply

    We also like making our own tortillas, as they do taste SO MUCH BETTER than the ones from the store. Great that you got to share stories from your past while making them. 🙂

    • 3gigglygirlsathome October 25, 2016 at 7:23 pm Reply

      Other than my family, I think you are the first person I have met who makes tortillas!

  3. Kym Thorpe October 26, 2016 at 11:59 am Reply

    Oh I like tortillas with butter and honey – yumm!! I’ve been meaning to try making my own for ever so long and have never done it.

  4. Brenda Prince October 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply

    I’ve made tortillas a few times – can never get them to ever look round, but they sure taste good 🙂

    • 3gigglygirlsathome October 26, 2016 at 9:53 pm Reply

      Round is the benefit of a machine; mine never turn out round either. That is always a fun discussion to have with the kids, especially if you have ever seen one of the machines that makes them. A restaurant here has a machine behind a glass wall so we can stand and watch them get made.

  5. Annette Tinholt Vellenga October 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm Reply

    I’ve always used them like bread, just fold them up differently with no crumbs leftover. just with honey and butter? Wouldn’t that be sticky sweet???

    • 3gigglygirlsathome October 26, 2016 at 9:55 pm Reply

      Definitely for dessert! We most often just put a dollop of honey on the plate and dip it. We use them like bread often, as well. Especially with beans.

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