Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HOMEMADE TORTILLAS and Black Bean Burritos

I love the freshly made tortillas at Cafe Rio, so I set out to make my own. I learned that they are super easy and just as or even better than Cafe Rio's. Note though they are easy to make it does take time. I recommend making with a friend. One rolls and one bakes the tortillas.
This picture makes me so happy. Hot sauce, tomatoes, and homemade bean burritos. 
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, plus a little extra for rolling the tortillas
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup very warm water
Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and baking powder large mixing bowl with a dough hook till combined.
Step 2: Add the oil and water and mix till well combined and continue to mix for another minute.
Step 3: Stop and scrape edges. When mixtures comes together and forms ball decrease the mixing speed to low. Then mix until smooth.
Step 4: Transfer to well floured surface and divided into 8 balls for 12-14 inch tortillas or 16 balls for 6-8 inch tortillas.
Step 5: Flatten each ball with the palm of your hands and let rest for 15 min covered.

Step 6: Heat large flat pan to med-high. Roll each flatten ball into a very then circle using a bit of flour to keep the dough from sticking to the surface and the rolling pin.

Step 7: Transfer the thin tortilla to the hot pan. After 30-45 seconds, when brown splotches show underneath, flip it over. cook another 30 -45 seconds more, until other side is browned.  Do not overcook or the tortilla will become crisp.  Remove and wrap in a cloth napkin.  Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas and stack them on top of each other.Note, cook time is PER tortilla and is approximate.  Go by the way it looks more than you go by time.
See the bubbles. That means it is time to flip.
Husband made me this one and said, "I love you."

Feed to baby
Refried Black beans
  • 2 cans of cooked black beans
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, optional
  • 1-4 tablespoons Fat, amount depends on if using onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 teaspoons of taco seasoning
  • water, if needed
  • For fun (or rather health I have added shredded carrots or other vegetables) husband not a fan.

Heat the fat in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and taco seasoning and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the beans cook beans on a low simmer for 10-15 minutes. Mash the beans coarsely with potato masher, adding more water to moisten, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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