Homemade Flour Tortillas Using a Stand Mixer

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Say goodbye to your tortilla press and use your stand mixer for fast(er) tortilla-making at home. For these instructions, you would need the pasta roller attachment (not just for pasta making)! Here’s how I make 32 tortillas in under 30 minutes (not including dough resting time or extra little helpers):

Big ball of tortilla dough

Big ball of tortilla dough


25% wheat tortillas

25% wheat tortillas


Flatten

Flatten


Hold top taut to stretch out dough

Hold top taut to stretch out dough

    Ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour, all-purpose or high-gluten bread; you can substitute up to 1 cup with whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
    Directions:

  • Combine flour and salt.
  • Cut shortening into flour/salt mixture using a pastry cutter.
  • Add warm water.
  • Knead using the dough hook until the mixture comes together in a ball.
  • Keep dividing the dough in half until you get 32 balls.
  • If you have time, let dough rest at least 30 minutes.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high or high depending on how fast you want to work.
  • Attach the pasta roller onto your KitchenAid. Set the thickness to ’2′
  • Generously cover a plate with flour, about 1/4 cup to start adding more as needed.
  • Flatten each ball of dough on the floured plate while dusting both sides with flour.
  • Feed the flattened dough into the pasta roller, holding and gently pulling on the top edge to stretch out the dough.
  • Turn 90 ° and feed the long side through the roller again.
  • Place the dough over your closed fist and using your hand, pull and stretch out the dough to desired shape as needed. This is similar to making pizza dough. The longer the dough has rested, the easier this step will be.
  • Cook the tortilla about 5 to 15 seconds per side depending on how hot your skillet is. While you are doing this step, you can start feeding the next tortilla through the pasta roller.

Believe it or not, you can get your kids to help you make tortillas. When my son was three, I would flatten the dough for him and he would feed the first pass through the pasta roller. I would do the second pass and adjust his extremely oblong tortilla. Now that he’s four, he’s actually very helpful – he can flatten and make both passes through the roller. My two year old? Well, she just enjoys playing with a small piece of dough trying to imitate big brother. It definitely slows down the process but the three of us make quite a tortilla baking factory!

Little helper

Little helper

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9 Comments

  1. kyla
    Posted May 31, 2009 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Do you think its possible to substitute oil or butter for the shortening? I’ve always wanted to try making tortillas and actually have a pasta attachment for the KitchenAid and never thought of this!

  2. Roseanne
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    To Kyla: yes, you can even substitute olive oil. if you google recipes you should be able to find one. I’ve been making tortillas for years with whole wheat flour and olive oil.

  3. Wabi Sabi Baby
    Posted June 2, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    You can substitute 1 tbsp veg. oil AND 1 tbsp baking powder for the veg. shortening. This would make it more of a Texas style tortilla – thicker, chewier. Set pasta roller thickness to ’1′. Central Market in Austin uses butter for their in-house tortilla but I’ve never made it that way – it’s rich and tastes very different than traditional tortillas.

  4. kyla
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the info! We used to love the Central Market tortillas but have recently been preferring thinner ones. The only store bought ones we eat are from Costco– the ones you heat on a griddle to cook first. They are made with vegetable oil. We’ll be trying this out soon with 1/4 or maybe even 1/2 wheat. Thanks so much.

  5. Posted November 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Salute,

    I’m Anna, I’m 35 old, I work in a french rest house. it’s great to share with you and I’d would like to improve my english

    regards,

    Ann :: maison de retraite

  6. jamez
    Posted October 19, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Great recipe. I’ve been using my kitchenaide pro series to make mostly bagel dough. Your tortillas are awesome. Thank you.

  7. Donna
    Posted October 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    How large of a tortilla are you able to make this way. I love the whole idea of using a pasta roller but can’t find one wide enough for a burrito sized tortilla. Do you hand stretch it to be larger after you roll it?

  8. Wabi Sabi Baby
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    @Donna,
    you can only roll it as wide as your roller but yes, you can hand stretch after rolling to get it larger – setting the roller thickness to be thicker gives you more room to hand stretch.

  9. Tubes Fan
    Posted January 19, 2011 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    I think a food processor would work better than a stand mixer if you have one. I was told by my wife, a native New Mexican, that the less the dough is handled the better–just like pie pastry.

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