These are very good with store bought tortillas too so just omit the first recipe to make it a bit easier:
For a nutritional boost use whole wheat tortillas!
4 cups all-purpose flour(you can use 1/2 or ALL whole wheat flour for a nutritional boost!)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening(or lard if you can get it)
1 1/2 cups water
Instructions with KitchenAid mixer:
if you dont have one you can mix this by hand
Stir the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. With Whisk attachment Mix in the shortening with until the flour looks like cornmeal. Remove whisk and add paddle attachment. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together; remove paddle and add dough hook attachment and allow to knead until smooth and elastic
Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use a well-floured rolling pin to roll a dough ball into a thin, round tortilla.
Place into the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly and golden; flip and continue cooking until golden on the other side. Place the cooked tortilla in a tortilla warmer; continue rolling and cooking the remaining dough.
1 lb. dried pinto, pink, or black beans plus soaking water
6 cups water
2 onions, chopped (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup fat (hot bacon drippings, butter, margarine, or lard)
Salt to taste
plus any seasonings to taste....cumin, chili powder, cilantro, coriander...what ever you like. My kids prefer them plain.
Soak beans overnight or by quick method.
Drain and Rinse Add fresh water and onions.
Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer slowly until beans are tender, about 2-3 hours.
Drain any extra liquid if you want thicker beans, leave it if you want it a bit thinner
Over medium heat, mash beans well , (I use an immersion blender, not to a puree so leave some good chunks.
Add fat and salt(and seasonings). Mix well; continue cooking, stirring frequently until beans are thickened and fat is absorbed.
If your tortillas are fresh and still warm perfect! If not heat them slightly so they are easier to work with.
Spoon on about 4 TB refried beans and sprinkle on some cheese, whatever kind you like, dont go too much though.
fold over ends of tortillas then roll it up, kind of tight but not TOO tight. Place it in a 9x13 pan seam side down....repeat until full, you can place a piece of wax paper over the first layer and start again.
When you are done freeze over night then pull them out and wrap individually and pop them back in the freezer. To heat, microwave 1 minute and check...turn if needed and microwave in 30 -45 second intervals until hot enough for you. Serve with salsa and sour cream .....YUM!