Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Monday, August 2, 2010

Homemade Tortilla Shells: an old family recipe

One of the things I do with fresh salsa is use it in these wraps. We usually have this for lunch. I wanted to share the recipe for these wraps with you. It's an old family recipe that belonged to my father's mother. She taught my mother how to make them, and I use this recipe a lot.

After mixing the ingredients, you should have a fairly thin batter that looks like this.

You use the back of the ladle in circles, starting in the center and moving outward, to spread the batter in the pan. You can see the lines I've left as I spiraled out.

Here's the finished tortilla.

This is very simple compared to many others I've seen where rolling out dough is necessary. They're light and contain some corn meal. I think the taste is way better than anything that comes from a grocery store. I hope you like them too!

The ingredients:

1 1/2 c. water
1 c. flour
1/2 c. corn meal
1/4 t. salt
1 egg
olive oil (or other) for frying

Mix the ingredients together.
Lightly grease skillet.
Pour 1/4 c. batter in skillet and spread with back of ladle.
Fry until edges are beginning to curl and top is dry.
Flip and fry additional 30 seconds.
Recipe makes about 6 tortilla's

To make these wraps, first fry yourself some tortilla's. Then scramble some eggs and melt cheese over them when they're almost done. Add some eggs and cheese to a tortilla. Top with some of that awesome homemade salsa you ladies make!

Stay tuned for the creme brulee fiasco!


  1. Thank you! My ex was Mexican and his mother and sisters would all get together to make oodles of these and we always went home with a stack, but I never learned to make them myself! Bookmarking this one... I'm thinking like you... scrambled with fresh eggs and fresh salsa, yum!

  2. Have you ever made up a whole batch of these to have on hand? If so, do you freeze them? I'm really eager to try them!

  3. Mama Pea-
    I've never froze them, but it's definitely worth a try! If you go for it, you'll have to let me know how they turn out. If I try it first, I'll let you know. I have definitely had leftovers in the fridge, and reheated them, either in a pan (which I do more often) or in the microwave (which hubby is more likely to use) and they are fine either way.

  4. Mama Pea, ex's family always had stacks in the freezer, so why not?!

  5. these look great! thanks for the recipe, i'm going to give them a try for sure!