First, make sure your tortillas are completely thawed before trying to separate them.
Next, gently and slightly bend the stack of tortillas back and forth so that air can get between them and begin the separation process.
If they are too stiff even after thawing or after removing from the fridge, you can let them come to a slight room temperature by leaving them on the counter for about 20 minutes before cooking. (Food safety rule is no longer than 2 hours at room temperature).
Now you can gently peel the top (or bottom) tortilla from the stack. The tortilla should separate smoothly and completely without ripping the tortilla. If it starts to rip, try bending the stack a little more and try again. Be patient:)
First, preheat a cast iron or non-stick pan over medium heat. There is no need to grease the pan. Make sure the pan is hot enough or the tortilla will cook too slow and this can result in an overly crisp tortilla. You can check by dropping a few drops of water onto the pan, if the water "dances" on the pan, it's ready.
Next, put the tortilla on the pan. Watch the tortilla as it cooks the first side, this should only take 20-30 seconds. The tortilla will likely bubble up and fill with some air, and you can gently pat it back down with a spatula. When the tortilla has nice brown spots, it's ready to be turned. Cook the other side the same way.
Don't let it burn or overcook for too long on too low of heat, this will result in an overly crispy or hard tortilla. A perfect tortilla will have nice brown spots and still be soft and lightly crispy and flaky in texture.
If you are planning to sit at your table with your family or friends with your taco fillings, then you'll want your tortillas to stay warm so that they can be taken as needed. Filling your plate all at once with 3-4 tacos can result in a cold tortilla. To help with this, you can store your cooked tortillas in a tortilla warmer. In Mexico, this is called a tortillera. If you do not own one, then wrapping the tortillas in a clean T-towel will work just fine to keep them warm by trapping the heat inside.
Now you are ready to make your taco!
Some excellent and delicious options for filling your tortilla are:
- Lita's potatoes
- Scrambled eggs
- Pulled pork (or other meat)
- Wild baked or BBQ salmon
- Cheese (quesadilla)
- Lita's beans
- Pan fried potatoes or zucchini with Mexican spices
- Sauteed vegetables with Mexican spices (like a fajita)
- Avocado or guacamole
- Refried beans
- Lita's Salsa's
- Jam and banana (a kid favorite)
- Nut butter and banana (another kid favorite)
- and so much more
Now eat and enjoy the best flour taco ever!
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