Josh has slow smoked and eaten so much pork, he's legally recognized as being part swine. He brings that love for barbecue, grilling, and cooking to Serious Eats as a regular recipe contributor.
@Katypizza Yup, you can totally do that.
@khark You want to go high, and let the skillet heat up for awhile. I used an infrared thermometer to measure the temp of my skillet.
@thengai The baking is what gives these tortillas their chewy, bread-y texture. If you omit it, you get tortillas that are thiner and more tender, like these—which are awesome, just a different style.
@keevie I went to Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona.
@Creamy Cheese You could do that if you wanted. I was trying to keep the experience of the soft corn tortilla and the crispy cheese for contrast, plus I think the overflowing cheese looks pretty cool.
@monopod & @emmythemac Never had a Navajo taco, but damn, that sounds good.
@PoachedSteak I used both white corn for the masa harina and fresh masa I got. Either should work though.
@Ananonnie Yeah, that's what I meant by fresh masa. I did get mine from Nixtamal. Went back the next week too for more to make tamales—it's good stuff.
@Dennis They should stay crisp. I made most of my shells an hour or so before I ate them and also had some fresh. The masa that doesn't crisp is a bit softer and better soon after the fry, but the shells that sat out were totally fine.
@Lexine M A pastry cutter would work great, rubbing the fat in by hand is good as well. I used the food processor because I was making so many batches it sped things up a lot. If I were making only 1 batch, I'd opt for a pastry blender to avoid having to get out and clean the food processor.
@Dori Zinn I tried water that was around 110°F and the ones with cold water and cold fat were the most tender and flaky, which was my goal with these. Warm water still made stellar tortillas and they were the most like the ones I'm used to getting in Houston, but I do believe the cold ingredients made these tortillas all the better.
@lauraeeparis I tried vegetable shortening as well, but those ended up a bit more dense, not as tender, and lacked the flavor of the lard. They weren't bad at all, just not as good. Baking powder and milk will give you a little chewier tortilla, which is a different style that I have a separate recipe for coming soon :)
@elangomatt Never had those, but they look pretty good based on this post.
@Coconut12 I didn't try boiling water, but the tortillas I made with the warm water weren't as tender or flaky. The ones with the warm water were actually the most similar to what I get in Houston, but the cold fat/cold water were even better in my opinion.
@Fingolfin114 All bacon fat would probably be overpowering, but adding a tablespoon may give it a nice smoky, salty flavor.
@Yozhik Adding baking powder will create a different variety of tortilla—have a separate recipe for that coming...
@DrGaellon You can order lard from Amazon, but if you can find a local source you should be able to save a lot of money on it. I haven't had the best luck at butchers, it's been easier to find at farmer's markets. You may want to check Mexican groceries too, they tend to have lard with a darker color and bit more flavor that's great for tortillas and tamales.
@Coogles Thanks for pointing out, I've fixed that.
@conky The gravy I made was pretty mildly beefy—the stock was a combo of beef, veal, and chicken. Since it wasn't a true roasted beef stock, it actually hit a really nice balance of flavors, in my opinion. Next time I'll try it with a chicken only.
@ChazL I did double fry the fries, then extended the cook on the second fry to get a little more crispness.
@Ocean Yeah, I know. There's a great "quick and easy" coming...
@plazmaorb That's only if you consider the poutine alone—you get a lot of extra stock that can be used for other soups/gravies/sauces, so their a lot of additional value there.
@Robin Garr: You need to get the rice and tapioca flours for these to be right. You may be able to find them all in the grocery under the "Bob's Red Mill" brand if the Asian market isn't within reach.
@The J I haven't tested out frying them straight from the freezer yet, but that's how I was planning on making them next time. It took a fair amount of time to develop a dark crust, enough time that I would think the insides should fully defrost and warm through if they're frozen. Again, haven't tried it yet, so just a theory so far.
@Jammin & @selyar I did take a photo of them before chopping, but it didn't turn out well and wasn't very usable. You can always image search that, which is how I stopped myself from almost buying the wrong thing when I was at the grocery.
@Bill Woods Supposed to just say "heat remaining oil," I fixed that. You can use the garlic oil, but you'll have to adjust the amount of garlic in the recipe so it's not overly garlicky.
@bunkylion Yes. You may need to thin it a bit with water or more stock when reheating if it's thickened up too much.
@phreddo We'll make a lot and eat it through a week. Usually I need to add a bit more stock or water to it when reheating to get it back to the right consistency.
@tbhenson You could do that. I never have, so you may need to adjust the amount of garlic in the recipe depending on how strong the the flavor of the oil is.