Saturday, 9 May 2015

Frugal recipe: tortillas/tortilla chips

There are recipes all over the place for these so I won't post a link, just tell you what I did

I'll probably cut them a bit smaller next time!

To make the flour tortillas
200g SR flour
1/4 tsp salt
150mls warm water
some veg oil for 'frying' (you don't need a lot, I used under 1 tbsp)

Put all the ingredients except the oil in a bowl, mic it together and then knead for about 3 mins.
Or do what I do and bung it in a mixer which will do all the hard work for you.  Thermione took 2 and a half minutes to come up with a lovely soft dough.
If it's just too sticky, add a bit of flour.

On a floured worktop, separate the dough into four equal(ish) balls.  Roll each ball out to a sort of circle (exact shape doesn't really matter) about the size of a dinner plate, as one recipe said.  More realistically, about the size that will fit into your biggest frying pan.  You can make more smaller ones, of course, and I think I will do that next time because they would be easier to handle before the frying.

Brush your pan with oil and heat to a medium heat.  Cook each tortilla for one minute each side until the raised bits are just starting to brown.
I cooked a little bit separately and they are lovely eaten straight away, still soft, maybe with a chilli or curry, as a flatbread.

However, this is what I then did.

I cut one tortilla into 8 wedges (as one would cut a cake or a pie), brushed each wedge over with a little more oil, popped them onto a baking sheet (I use a non stick liner on the baking sheet) and bake at around 160-ish for around ten minutes until the edges are browning.  They go lovely and crunchy and would be brilliant with a salsa, a dip, hummus or just as a crunchy snack or as a very thin cracker spread with soft cheese and chutney (just before eating or they would go soggy, I think).
You could brush them with a flavoured oil to create more flavour.  I just sprinkled on a bit of salt.

I think they would be nice if fried in oil but the calories would go through the roof and actually I prefer the 'cleaner' taste of baked anyway.

I think they would keep in a tin - I'm afraid I have just motored my way through the eight I made so have no evidence to offer!

The other three tortillas?  Well, once I knew the baking bit worked, I cut the others into wedges and froze them in eights.  When I want them I will take some out, thaw them, brush them with oil and bake as above.

Cost?  Not allowing for oven heat (and I will try my halogen oven next time or pop them under a medium grill and watch them like a hawk!) they are incredibly frugal.

The flour was 6p, the salt was negligible, the water was zero and the oil was about 3p, allowing 30 mls, of which I didn't use all.  So that's 9p for four large flour tortillas or 32 baked tortilla chips.  Can't be bad, can it?


  1. WOW! Thanks for this Joy. I've never made tortillas or t.chips before, but this seems so simple! I'll have a go at a gluten free version later on; hmm I've got some garlic oil in the cupboard I could now thinking of veg chilli for dinner. Yum!

  2. Good luck, I hope you like them. I'm not sure how they'd work with gluten free but it's well worth having a go.
    They don't taste like Doritos or anything commercial but they're lovely (I think)!
    Do let me know what you think. :-)
    J x