Super Simple Fresh Tortillas

I just love Mexican food. One of my favorite restaurants is Chevy’s simply because of their fresh tortillas. I went to my mom’s for dinner, shortly after being married, and found she made the switch to making her own fresh tortillas. Nearly as soon as I moved out! She has all older kids and they roll their own tortilla out and cook it real quick whenever they’re ready for another. Here, I have is a 2 year old, a 1 year old and a husband. Sooo…. I do all the rolling. At first I was sure it would be too complicated to do for what I typically categorize as a simple meal. (Such as bean burritos.) But man was I ever wrong! It is so simple! I love them. So warm, fresh and chewy. They take a cheap, end of the month budget dinner and elevate it. Without any real increase in cost! They take less than 15 minutes over all.

(Note. This is a double of the original recipe I found. My small family finished off a single recipe of 8 small tortillas in one sitting. This time I aimed for 12 larger tortillas.)

wpid-img_20141010_003738.jpg4 cups Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 cups water
6 Tbsp. Olive oil



- Mix by hand until just combined.
- Turn onto lightly floured surface and kneed 10-12 times.
- Add a little more flour if too sticky.
- Roll into 12 round balls.
- Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes (Longer if you’re doing pre dinner prep!)
- On a floured countertop, roll them out one at a time. (As needed so they don’t dry out!)
- Cook on a greased flat cast iron skillet. High heat. Flip regularly and do not burn!
- Place on a plate, in a towel to keep warm. When you’ve made enough, sit down and enjoy!

My girls even eat these as a snack! Like I said. Chewy. Easy. And yummy!

Our Favorite Shredded Beef Tacos

This is all I need to show you to convince you these tacos are AMAZING:
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Here’s what you need:

3-4 pound chuck roast
3 Tablespoons butter
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin – lightly sprinkled over roast
1 can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup beef broth
lime, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream or other favorite toppings


Preheat oven to 400 degrees if you need this done in less than 3 hours, or 300 degrees if you have a longer amount of time. (Approximately 4 hours.)

Season the roast with spices. (Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin. More or less depending on how spicy you like- or whether you’re feeding a baby or just adults!)

Heat your Dutch oven over medium-high heat with 3 Tablespoons butter. Sear roast on all sides, 2-3 minutes per side.

Turn fire to low, and pour the can of fire roasted diced tomatoes and then 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa over the top of seared roast. Stir together carefully.


Turn fire off, put the lid on the dutch oven and put your Dutch oven in the Oven-oven. (?)


After a few hours (2 hours if on high, 3 hours if on low.) test with a fork. It should start to pull apart easily. Very clear that you could shred it with two forks. If not, put it back in the oven and test after another hour.

Once it pulls apart easily,  remove your Dutch oven from the Oven oven and the roast from the Dutch Oven.


Leave the lid off your Dutch oven so the sauce can cool while you shred the beef.

(Be sure to remove any fat while shredding beef!)

Now back to the sauce. It should be mostly cool by now, so that you can scoop it the fat off the top with a spoon. Throw it away!

This is the base of your sauce. Add 1/4 cup of beef broth to the pot and turn fire to low and let the sauce simmer. Squeeze the juice of one lime into sauce. Taste! And add more lime if needed. Add the shredded beef back into the sauce and stir gently but thoroughly.

Once your beef is completely rewarmed, its ready to serve! Feel free to taste again and adjust salt or other seasonings as needed.

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Baby girl is my 3rd in line taste tester! Me first, Dad has second opinion, and then mostly she just feels left out and starving.

I mean, I was running 30 minutes late with dinner. How dare I!

A valuable lesson for parents of one year olds!

*No matter how many nights in a row you have dinner ready at exactly the time Daddy gets home, if you’re late one night, that all goes out the window! Along with her patience!*

Back to serving dinner! Get all your favorite toppings assembled.

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And create some beautiful tacos!

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For babies, Hailee’s advice is: serve “open face” tacos. Meat and toppings in a bowl with a tortilla on the side!