tacos at home

Tacos with homemade tortillas

Recently I had the opportunity to try out a tortilla press, and I was immediately hooked. I had no idea making tortillas at home was so easy and fun. Of course I didn’t own a tortilla press yet, so I consulted with my friend and author, chef Roberto Santibanez of Fonda. He told me what to buy, and it turns out they’re pretty affordable (but heavy!). I needed a recipe to follow, so of course I consulted Roberto’s new cookbook, Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales. Here’s how it went.

Tacos with homemade tortillas

First I made a salsa, but I guess the term “salsa” is broader than I’d realized because this one is made with heavy cream. It called for habaneros which I couldn’t find, so I used Scotch Bonnets (just one, dry roasted in a skillet). There are also roasted red peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and allspice. This sauce is so good, you’ll want to serve it with everything.

Tacos with homemade tortillas

I made a mushroom filling, also following a recipe from the book. I know mushrooms might sound kind of boring for my first time making tacos at home, but words (and a photo) cannot to justice to how amazing this turned out. There is onion, jalapeno, cilantro — pretty normal stuff — but the mushrooms turn out so good, it’s almost impossible to resist eating them straight from the pan.

Tacos with homemade tortillas

Tacos with homemade tortillas

Now comes the fun part. There is a recipe for corn tortillas in the book, but it’s super easy — masa harina, warm water, and salt. You almost can’t go wrong, but you’ll probably need to adjust the moisture a bit so the dough isn’t too wet. Why did I always believe this was some complicated thing to prepare? Once using the press, plastic wrap helps a lot to prevent sticking.

Tacos with homemade tortillas

Tacos with homemade tortillas

And voila, there you have it. You toss the tortillas into a hot skillet, and they’re done really fast. I probably could have cooked them until they browned a bit, but I think these turned out just fine.

Tacos with homemade tortillas

Then you put everything together, the cooked tortillas, filling, and salsa, with some Mexican-style cheese crumbled on top. Honestly, this is one of the best-tasting things I’ve made at home in my entire life. And knowing how easy it was to make tortillas from scratch, I’m addicted now.

11 thoughts on “tacos at home

  1. Mmmmm. The sauce sounds good, the mushrooms sound good and I want to try those corn tortillas! Just ordered the kindle version of the cookbook.

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