Sweet Potato Tortillas!

As promised, here are the directions and recipe for the Sweet Potato Tortillas I posted on Facebook earlier this week. They are soooo delicious and worth the little bit of time it takes to make them. We never buy tortillas at the store anymore, these are just too good. And bonus, they freeze great, so I make a big batch and freeze them after they’ve cooled.

For this batch, I used Stokes purple sweet potatoes. These are purple on the outside and purple-fleshed on the inside. But you can use any type and color of sweet potato. You can even use squash—kabocha squash is actually my favorite for making tortillas because the flesh is so meaty, sweet, and a beautiful orange. Stokes purple sweet potatoes are kind of hard to find, I usually find the Japanese sweet potatoes which are purple on the outside but creamy white on the inside. I found Stokes at PCC Market in Redmond, Washington and typically buy Japanese sweet potatoes by the case at Uwajimaya in Bellevue, Washington (you can buy them individually but we eat a lot of sweet potatoes at our house!). Many grocery stores and Asian markets carry different varieties of sweet potatoes.

The first thing you need to do is cook your potatoes or squash. It’s up to you what method to use. You can peel and chunk the potatoes up and boil them or cook in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot until soft. For the Instant Pot, add 1/4 cup of water, put the potato chunks on the trivet or in a steamer basket, cook on high pressure 2-3 minutes and then quick release. You can also roast the potatoes in the oven, leaving them whole, slicing an “X” in the peel, and bake at 400˚F until soft on a piece of parchment or silicon baking mat on a baking sheet (the potatoes will ooze a sticky liquid from the “X” cut while baking and will get all over your oven if you just bake them on the rack. It’s easier to clean your baking sheet if it’s protected with parchment or silicon mat.). If you use squash, you can roast them in the oven, cutting them in half, scooping out the seeds, putting cut side down on parchment paper or silicon baking mat on a baking sheet and bake at 400˚F until soft, about 45-60 minutes, or cook whole in an Instant Pot for 30 minutes on high, using a natural pressure release.

Once baked, mash the sweet potatoes or squash. I like to use a ricer so I get a really nice mash without lumps or stringy fibers. I’ve found they mash better when warm, so let your cooked potatoes or squash cool a bit and mash them up.

Mashed purple sweet potatoes

Next you’ll add an equal measure of flour to your mash, i.e. if you have 4 cups mash, add four cups flour. So it makes it nice for adjusting the recipe if you only want to make a few or a lot. I use whole wheat pastry flour, but you can use any flour you like, even gluten-free flour mixes. Add a pinch of salt too, if you’d like. Then mix with your hands. It’s a gooey mess at first and you’ll think it’s never going to come together! I use one hand to mix and keep the other hand clean so I can scoop more flour to add if I need to.

It eventually turns into a beautiful silky dough! You want a smooth consistency that is not sticky but not dry. I turn the dough out of the bowl and knead on the counter on flour, a little at a time, when the dough is no longer lumpy and chunky like the picture above. This way I don’t get too much flour mixed in. And I knead for a few minutes to develop the gluten, like with mixing other bread doughs.

Kneaded tortilla dough

Next the dough needs to rest for about 15 minutes. This allows the flour to absorb moisture from the sweet potato and allow the gluten to relax. I simply flip my mixing bowl over to cover or you can use a towel or plastic wrap.

After the dough has rested, you’ll notice it seems more moist, but it’s not sticky. Cut your dough into equal sizes and roll into golf-ball-sized balls. Cover the balls so they don’t dry out.

Divided dough

Flatbread-sized dough balls (left), tortilla-sized dough balls (right)

If you want to make flatbread, use more dough to make the balls.

To roll out the tortillas, flatten a dough ball in your hands and then put on floured surface. Flip to get flour on both sides. Then roll out with a floured rolling pin. You’ll need to flip the dough every couple of rolls so you get a nice floured surface, otherwise the dough will stick on your counter.

“Rustic” shaped hand-rolled tortillas!

You can roll them into round shapes, but mine often come out square and odd-shaped—we love them that way! Actually, we think they roll up into burritos easier if rectangular shaped! That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

Plop those bad boys on a preheated griddle or pan. After a minute or so, they’ll start to puff up, letting you know it’s time to flip. Use tongs to flip them as those puffed areas can release steam and really burn your fingers badly (speaking from experience!).

Griddling the tortillas

You’ll notice they get the characteristic brown spots on them just like store-bought tortillas. Once both sides are cooked, stack them on a plate while you cook the rest.

Purple Sweet Potato Tortillas (left) and Flat Bread (right)

If you want to make flatbread, just roll them out to your desired thickness and cook the same way. They will take a couple minutes longer per side. We use thicker ones for naan, pizzas, pitas, etc.

Use these as you would any other flour tortilla, wraps, enchiladas, etc. And these store great! I keep them in a cookie tin in the refrigerator. They freeze well too. I simply use a cookie tin, or you could use a plastic bag, and put them in the freezer—you don’t even need to put anything in between them, they don’t stick together. Pull out a frozen tortilla when you want one, or more!

They keep great in a cookie tin. These were made with kabocha squash, hence the orange color.

I am experimenting now on making Sweet Potato Corn Tortillas, thanks to a friend’s suggestion. I did try just subbing masa flour for whole wheat pastry flour, and they came out good, but I think I need to research this a little more as they weren’t as tender as I would like. But they tasted awesome! So stay tuned….

Corn tortillas made with white-fleshed Japanese sweet potatoes

 

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Sweet Potato or Winter Squash Tortillas

Whole food, oil-free tortillas you and your family will love!
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican, Whole Food Plant Based, Zero Waste
Keyword Sweet Potato, tortilla, tortillas, Winter Squash
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 tortillas

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups mashed sweet potatoes or winter squash
  • 4 Cups flour of choice whole wheat pastry or gluten-free, plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp salt optional, to taste

Instructions

  • Knead together all ingredients to achieve a non-sticky dough. 
  • Cover and let rest 15 minutes.
  • Roll into golf-ball sized balls for tortillas, or larger for flatbread. 
  • Roll dough to desired thickness using a rolling pin on a floured surface. 
  • Cook on preheated griddle until puffy and have characteristic brown spots, flip and cook other side.

Notes

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze.

 

 

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