Once upon a time, in small town Iowa, there was a girl named Marissa who had yet to discover all the wonders of the burrito fast food world. Then the day came when she packed her bags and moved into a dorm room at UNI just down the street from the famed Pancheros.
Her life was forever changed. The end.
Now that I’ve graduated college and am working on this whole “adult” thing, I’m trying to get a bit more skilled in the kitchen. Plus, finding ways to make your favorite fast food meals at home saves you money and calories!
Having craved Pancheros for about a week now, I decided to look into making homemade, soft tortillas to rival the famous burrito chain. I discovered an amazingly simple recipe online, made a few tweaks, whipped up a batch, and decided it was worthy of sharing!
What You’ll Need:
- 3 cups flour
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water
How You Make it:
- Combine all the ingredients together in a medium to large mixing bowl. It helps after stirring to knead the dough with your hands.
- On a clean counter top, spread some flour and grab your rolling pin. Section off 1-2 inch chunks from the dough and roll out. (FYI: don’t get caught up on making a perfect circle!)
- Place the rolled out dough into a skillet or hot plate on medium-high heat and cook until the side begins to brown. Flip the tortilla over and cook the other side.
- Continue with the rest of your dough and enjoy soft, homemade, and filling tortillas for days!
Here’s a few things I learned in my tortilla undertaking:
- Always put fresh flour down for each new tortilla you roll out. It also helps to put flour on your rolling pin if it’s wooden or not non-stick.
- These tortillas will not be as large and thin as Pancheros, as they tend to stick to the counter or surface you’re rolling on (hence the flour), but they are delicious and soft all the same!
I was a bit under prepared to completely recreate my favorite Pancheros burrito filling, but we’ll get to that another day. Instead I decided to make a few turkey, cheese, and spinach “tacos” for lunch. I like to swap out bread now and then when I get in a sandwich rut, and these tortillas were beyond better than the ones I buy at the store! They were fresh, soft and filled me up without weighing me down. Give them a shot today!
If you liked this recipe and want to see me tackle another of your favorite restaurant dishes, leave a comment below! And check out my blog every Monday for a new tutorial, whether it’s a recipe, craft or DIY!