Tortillas are not just a means to wrap your food. They can be and are a food in a category all by themselves. There is nothing like taking a handmade corn tortilla hot off the comal, adding a little salt, rolling it up and eating it like a taco. It is comforting and delicious. A flour tortilla has its place in flautas and burritos, but you would never roll it up and eat it on its own. In my search for the perfect substitute, I have finally found one that although it is not a hand made corn tortillas equal, for now it is a great substitute. I haven’t tried it in all situations yet, only as a soft taco and as taquitos (baked until cripy rolled tacos) and in those two cases, they were really good.
2/3 c Raw Hemp Seed Hearts
1/3 c Tapioca or Arrowroot Flour
Juice from 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
3 T Ground Flax Seeds
1/4 c Water
Oil of choice (olive, coconut, avocado) for greasing your hands when making the tortillas
These will make 8 taco sized tortillas.
Place the ground flax seeds in a measuring cup and then add the water until it reaches the 1/4c line and let it sit while you mix the other ingredients (If you add the water first you will have more water than you need and they mixture will be too sticky to work with). Place the hemp seed hearts in a food processor and pulse it a few times. Then add all the other ingredients, including the flax seed mixture and process together. It will become like a sticky dough. Take your tortilla press and cut 2 small pieces of parchment paper, big enough to cover the round portion of your tortilla press. Grease your hands pretty well and one side of each parchment paper square. Place one Tablespoon of dough in-between the two parchment paper pieces and flatten with your press. Remove flattened tortilla and place in a preheated skillet and cook on each side about 1 minute. If you heat them too long they will get hard and then can be used as a tostada. These fold like a corn tortilla, and the texture is similar to a hand made corn tortilla, but they have a more nutty flavor due to the hemp seeds. Nothing can truly take the place of a corn tortilla, but these hold their own pretty nicely.