If you’re looking for an easy homemade tortilla recipe, have you ever thought of using plantains? 3 ingredient Homemade Tortillas make a delicious substitute for corn tortillas.
3 Ingredient Homemade Tortillas
I love experimenting with food. Don’t you? Back when cauliflower rice was a new thing…I was amazed. I mean I don’ t love cauliflower, but who knew you could do so much with it?
Plantains are another of those more unique food items that I just don’t use enough. Many people make fried plantains to snack on, but today we’re taking those banana-like fruits and making tortillas with them. They are a great replacement for corn tortillas. You’ll love that little bit of a sweet flavor that they have.
How to Make Plantain Tortillas
For homemade plantain tortillas, you’ll want to be sure you choose the right plantains. If you choose green plantains, they will not blend smoothly. But you also must realize that the more brown the plantains are, the more sweet the tortillas will be. The picture down below shows plantains just a little more brown than we’d like. We tend to choose plantains that are mostly yellow with just a touch of brown.
You’ll boil the plantains to get them soft, but then be sure to drain them well. Put the drained plantains, flour and oil in the food processor. Blend until a smooth, stretchy dough forms. We do this in two batches just so the dough forms easily. If you have a large food processor you could try to make it in one batch.
Getting the dough to exactly the right consistency can be tricky. I have found that adding a little more flour and either processing some more or simply kneading the dough can produce the desired elasticity.
Once you have the dough, you’ll find it can be sticky. Be sure to use generous amounts of oil on all surfaces, including your hands! This dough is sticky and tricky, but well worth the effort to make it work as the results are amazing!
Divide the dough in about 14 balls, then roll out the dough. You can use the wide rim of a bowl to cut a circle.
Once you have circled, it’s time to cook the tortillas. Heat a skillet (preferably cast iron) to very hot along and very lightly oil it. Cook the tortillas for about 2 minutes on each side.
Once the plantains are done, place them on a plate or tortilla warmer and wrap them with a cloth. This will help them to remain pliable and not dry out.
Small bowl to cut out the tortillas (We used one that was 5.5” across)
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil with the plantains.
Once boiling, continue for 15 minutes.
Remove plantains from water, drain well and let cool.
In 2 batches, add half the plantains, ⅛ cup + 2 T flour, and 1 T coconut oil to a food processor. Let run for about 1 minute, or until an elastic dough has formed. If the dough doesn’t form at this stage, add another tablespoon of flour and continue processing.
Repeat with second batch of dough.
Once you have the dough, start with small golf ball sized pieces and work them by hand into flat discs on a well-oiled surface.
Oil a rolling pin, and use it to create a smooth, round tortilla. You want this to be a little larger in diameter than your bowl.
Press the bowl into the dough, remove the cut edges, and gently peel the tortilla from the surface. Wax or parchment paper work well to store the formed tortillas.
Once they are all formed, cook them for about 2 minutes on each side in a very lightly oiled pan -cast iron works well for this.
Stack the cooked tortillas on a large cloth napkin, folding to cover after adding each one.
*Getting the dough to exactly the right consistency can be tricky. I have found that adding a little more flour and either processing some more or simply kneading the dough, can produce the desired elasticity. Be sure to use generous amounts of oil on all surfaces, including your hands! This dough is sticky and tricky, but well worth the effort to make it work as the results are amazing!*The calories shown are based on the recipe making about 14, with 1 serving being 1 tortilla. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.