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As I was perusing the aisles of the grocery store, I spotted Otto’s Cassava Flour. I hadn’t heard of cassava flour before, but noticed it was gluten-free and paleo, so I put it in my grocery cart and promised myself I’d figure out what to make with it… eventually.
When I got home, I began to eye the bag of cassava flour and wonder what I should make. That’s when I noticed a recipe for cassava flour tortillas on the back of the bag. This sounded wonderful! I love Mexican food but really dislike corn tortillas. They are dry and they break when you fold them.
I was so surprised at how easy this recipe for cassava flour tortillas was to follow. I simply added cassava flour, a little salt, olive oil and warm water, and within a minute of mixing it all together with my hands, I had a beautiful, pliable tortilla dough to work with.
My first batch of tortillas tasted amazing, but they were not as beautiful. That’s because I rolled them out by hand. Trying to get the cassava flour tortillas to roll out in a perfect circle is an impossible task.
Despite the look of these quinoa tacos with beans, these cassava flour tortillas were the perfect complement to this delicious taco recipe! The cassava flour tortillas offers up a doughy texture that mimicked wheat flour and they folded nicely without breaking.
For my next foray into making cassava flour tortillas, I purchased this tortilla press on Amazon. I added each dough ball into the press and then had perfectly round tortillas to work with. Brilliant! These are much prettier!
I also found this great video from a blogger called Fork and Beans, where she shares exactly how she made these cassava flour tortillas with Otto’s Cassava Flour.
What is Cassava Flour?
OK, so I showed you these beautiful cassava flour tortillas, but I haven’t told you yet what cassava flour is, exactly.
Cassava is an edible starchy tuberous root and is a good source of food carbohydrates in the tropics. Cassava is one of the most drought-tolerant crops in the world. Tapioca flour is the extracted starch from the cassava root, but cassava flour is the entire ground up root . (Source: Wikipedia)
Otto’s Cassava Flour is naturally gluten-free and Certified Gluten-Free by GIG (The Gluten Intolerance Group). Cassava flour is also Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) friendly and Certified Paleo by The Paleo Foundation.
How To Cook with Cassava Flour
Here’s the kicker, cassava flour can be used as a 1-to-1 substitute for wheat flour in most recipes (except yeast-based recipes). That is crazy! I am going to test a few of my recipes to see how they work with cassava flour instead of my gluten-free flour. I will keep you (my readers) posted on future cassava flour recipes I try and develop.
In the meantime, Otto’s Cassava Flour has posted several cassava flour recipes for you to try. I’m a bit biased, however, and think the first recipe you should try is the cassava flour tortillas recipe on the back of the bag. It’s so easy to make and will make you a believer in this awesome gluten-free and paleo-friendly flour in no time!
Cassava Flour Tortilla Recipe
I hope you enjoy making this recipe as much as I do. You can purchase Otto’s Cassava Flour on Amazon.com to get started on your own delicious gluten-free, grain-free and paleo creations!
- 3/4 cup Otto's Cassava Flour
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/3 cup warm water
Add all ingredients into a medium bowl. Mix ingredients together by hand until well incorporated.
Divide mixture into six even portions and roll each portion into a ball.
Using your rolling pin or a tortilla press, flatten each ball into a round tortilla. Use parchment paper to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin or tortilla press.
Heat a skillet pan over medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla for about 45-60 seconds on each side. Each side should be slightly browned.