Okay, you’re going to laugh at this post if you’re from an area with a large Latino population, where you’ve cooked Hispanic foods all your life. Some of us aren’t so lucky — prior to cruising, the only tacos I’d ever had had hard shells and if I’d ever had a tortilla, I’m not aware of it.
So there we were in Mexico and I loved the Mexican-style tacos that were served in tortillas. I bought some to have on Que Tal, but didn’t like them nearly as well.
Luckily, one of the first cruising friends we made was of Mexican descent. And when I asked her what was a good brand of tortillas to buy, she took pity on me and explained that you have to toast the tortillas before eating them.
It’s actually really simple and the procedure is the same whether you’re using corn or flour tortillas:
- Heat a skillet or griddle over high heat (my burners go from 1 to 7, I set it at 6 for tortillas). Wait for the pan to be hot — a drop of water flicked into the pan should dance around immediately.
- Put one tortilla into the dry pan — no grease — and leave it for 15 to 20 seconds, until it’s just getting some browned spots on the bottom.
- Flip the tortilla over — I usually use a fork under the edge, but you can use whatever is easiest for you.
- It’ll take slightly less time on the second side.
- Remove from the fire.
It’s best to use them immediately, but if you need to keep them for a few minutes you can put them on a plate and cover with a clean towel. You can also buy “tortilla warmers” (not used to warm them but rather keep them warm) very inexpensively at any Mexican grocery store or on Amazon. If you use one of these, make sure to buy tortillas that will fit your warmer!