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Dolores' Homemade Flour Tortillas

Dolores' Homemade Flour Tortillas

Mark Winn of BootsNGus.com reflects on memories of his grandmother Dolores whose parents came to Texas from Mexico in the early 1900s. He shared with us how this family recipe brings back precious memories of the time he spent with his beloved grandmother. 

My maternal grandmother, Dolores Torralva, taught me this recipe when I was 14 years old. She had 16 children, 55 grandchildren and countless great grandchildren. She was always cooking and her delicious fresh flour tortillas were available with every meal. She must have made hundreds of thousands of these tortillas in her lifetime. Every time I make these, I think of her.

[This photo] was taken on my 30th birthday, the last birthday I would spend with her. She passed several months after.

[This photo] was taken on my 30th birthday, the last birthday I would spend with her. She passed several months after.

This recipe will make 12 -14 tortillas: 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water

1. Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the shortening in with your hands until the mixture has a texture like cornmeal.

2. Slowly add in the hot water and mix thoroughly with your hands until a dough is formed.  Form dough into one large ball and let the dough sit for at least 20 minutes.  

My grandma always said, “Mijo, make sure you let your masa rest.
— Mark Winn, @BootsNGus

3. After letting the dough rest, knead the dough on a hard surface for a few minutes.  Make 12-14 small balls from your dough.  Lightly flour your surface and roll the balls flat with a rolling pin.  Cook the tortillas on a hot cast iron comal. I use the comal that my grandma gave me when I turned 30. 

Dolores Torralva sitting in her kitchen, while forming tortilla dough.

Dolores Torralva sitting in her kitchen, while forming tortilla dough.

It took me more than a few times to get my tortillas to be as delicious as my grandmas, but she used to tell me, "Mijo, just like with everything in life, practice makes perfect."

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