I love Mexican food. Unconditionally! Ever since I moved back to Germany, it
has been one disappointment after another when trying to find a truly authentic Mexican restaurant. I've been surrounded by so many great Mexican restaurants when I lived at the Mexican border in San Diego. So instead of waiting until one day in the far future it starts raining fabulous Mexican restaurants from German skies, I took matters into my own hands.
So I decided to teach myself how to make great Mexican comfort food. It's become quite easy to get the necessary ingredients in well organized German supermarkets. A couple of years ago that was nearly impossible. Recently I tried to make my own homemade tortilla chips. They turned out so well! I ate them the traditional way alongside guacamole and spicy salsa.
It was a feast. I made an extra big amount, so that I could have more of this yummy soul fuel the next day. Making your own tortilla chips is so easy, and absolutely worth the time. Since I only had whole wheat flour in the house, I decided to make them with regular flour instead of corn flour. Turns out, I like them even better that way. Here's the recipe:
2 cups whole wheat flour
½ tsp salt
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp baking powder
A bit less than 1 cup water
Canola oil for frying
Combine the dry ingredients. Then add butter chunks, and mix until the flour turns slightly crumbly. Now add the water. Using your hands, knead until a nice dough has developed. Roll the dough out with the help of a rolling pin. The thinner, the better.
Then cut little triangles out of the dough, and add them to the hot oil. Don't add them too early, and don't add too many at once, since this results in soggy tortillas. Remove them once they're golden brown, and place them on a wire rack. That's it!