Delicious Amaranth Tortilla Recipe for Healthy Eating

Welcome foodies! In today’s recipe, we’re going to shake things up by using a gluten-free ingredient that you’ve probably never heard of before: amaranth flour. Yes, you read that right! Amaranth flour is not only naturally gluten-free but also packs a powerful nutritional punch with high levels of protein, fiber and amino acids. It’s no wonder why this ancient grain has been making a comeback in modern-day kitchens worldwide.

So, what’s the recipe? We’re going to make amaranth tortillas – gluten-free, healthy and delicious all in one bite! Not only are these tortillas easy to make with ingredients you may already have in your pantry; they’re also versatile and can be used as tortilla wraps, taco shells or even as a base for breakfast tacos.

Now, you may be wondering how to make these delectable treats. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. In this recipe article, I’ll guide you through the entire process from start to finish so that you can impress your friends and family with homemade amaranth tortillas (and brag about how healthy they are).

So let’s dust off those aprons and get ready to embark on a gluten-free culinary adventure with our homemade amaranth flour tortillas.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Amaranth Tortillas - Gluten Free
Amaranth Tortillas – Gluten Free

If you are looking for a gluten-free and dairy-free recipe that is both healthy and delicious, look no further than these homemade amaranth tortillas. These tortilla wraps are made using naturally gluten-free amaranth flour which is high in protein, fiber, and essential amino acids.

But wait, there’s more! These amaranth tortillas are also vegetarian-friendly and perfect for creating satisfying breakfast tacos or taco shells that will kick-start your day in the right way. The recipe is easy to follow, and you can even make them ahead of time and store them for later use.

In addition to its health benefits, the amaranth grain has a naturally sweet taste that pairs superbly with a wide range of flavor profiles. Add in some chili powder, and you have a perfect pop of heat that really makes these tortillas burst with flavor.

These homemade gluten-free amaranth tortillas are ideal for those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten intolerance but desire a flavorful alternative to traditional wheat flour tortillas. Plus, they provide endless versatility in the kitchen because you can use them in a number of different dishes such as burritos, enchiladas or simply as a side for soups or stews.

Lastly, if you are on the go and seeking a healthy meal option, wrap up your favorite ingredients in these flavorful tortillas to take along with you wherever your day leads. This recipe is so versatile, convenient and delicious that it is sure to become your new go-to recipe for all your meals – breakfast or otherwise!

Ingredient List

 Fresh and wholesome tortillas made with organic amaranth flour
Fresh and wholesome tortillas made with organic amaranth flour

Now that we have covered what makes these gluten-free amaranth tortillas so amazing, let’s dive into the ingredient list that you will need to make them.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of amaranth flour
  • 1/2 cup of corn flour
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of chili powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

Note: If you want to make these tortillas dairy-free or vegan, you can substitute the olive oil with vegetable oil or any other plant-based oil.

Optional Substitutions and Variations:

  • Quinoa flour can be used in place of the amaranth flour for additional protein and nutrients.
  • White corn flour can be substituted for the yellow corn flour.
  • Almond flour can be added to the mix for added texture.

That’s it – this is all you need to whip up a batch of delicious gluten-free and vegetarian breakfast tacos!

The Recipe How-To

 These gluten-free tortillas are perfect for any Mexican dish!
These gluten-free tortillas are perfect for any Mexican dish!

Now that we’re all excited about amaranth tortillas, I’ll walk you through the process of making them. Don’t worry, it’s not as daunting as it sounds!

Here are the steps:
Step 1: Combine the Dry Ingredients

First things first, in a medium-sized bowl, mix together 1 cup of amaranth flour, 1/2 cup of brown rice flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 2 tsp of chili powder, and a pinch of salt. Whisk these ingredients together until everything is well combined.

Step 2: Mix in the Liquid Ingredients

Next up, add in 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Stir this mixture until a dough is formed. If your dough is too wet or sticky, add more flour (one tablespoon at a time) until the consistency you desire is reached.

Step 3: Knead the Dough

Sprinkle some extra amaranth flour on a clean work surface and transfer the dough to it. Knead the dough with your hands for a minute or two until it’s smooth and pliable.

Step 4: Form Small Tortillas

Divide your ball of dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a small ball shape. Then, place each ball between two sheets of parchment paper (or plastic wrap). Use a rolling pin to roll out each ball into a flat, circular tortilla shape – about ⅛” thick.

Step 5: Cook Your Tortillas

Once your tortillas are formed, place them onto a non-stick skillet over medium heat (no need to use any cooking spray). You should cook each tortilla for around 30 seconds to one minute on each side – or just until they start to develop some golden-brown spots. Move your cooked tortillas onto a plate and cover them with a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm.

And that’s it – your homemade amaranth tortillas are ready! They are the perfect base for taco shells or breakfast wraps. Enjoy your new gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian breakfast tacos!

Substitutions and Variations

 Full of nutrients, these tortillas are a healthy alternative to traditional wheat tortillas
Full of nutrients, these tortillas are a healthy alternative to traditional wheat tortillas

Welcome to the exciting realm of improvised cooking! Here are some options to create some delicious variations of the amaranth tortilla recipe.

Firstly, if you are looking for a healthier option, try replacing amaranth flour with quinoa flour, almond flour or rice flour. These flours are naturally gluten-free and great sources of protein, fiber and nutrients.

Secondly, try experimenting with different spices to add flavor to your tortillas. You can add chili powder, paprika or any other spice according to your liking. When you’re feeling adventurous, throwing in some garlic powder or onion powder into the dough can add another dimension to your dish.

You can also tweak the consistency of the dough by adding more or less water respectively. A wetter dough will make softer tortillas while a drier one will make crispier ones.

If you’re looking for a simple and quick meal idea, use these homemade amaranth tortillas as taco shells to make delicious vegetarian breakfast tacos. Feel free to add in your favorite vegetables and proteins such as peppers, onions, eggs or black beans.

Alternatively, these amaranth tortillas can also be transformed into wraps! From breakfast burritos to lunchtime wraps and dinner fajitas – these gluten-free tortillas make a great base for various meals throughout the day.

So go ahead and let your creativity run wild with various substitutions and modifications that suit your taste buds!

Serving and Pairing

 Upgrade your taco game with these amaranth tortillas
Upgrade your taco game with these amaranth tortillas

Amaranth tortillas are perfect for creating delicious and healthy meal options. You can serve them with your favorite filling to make tacos, enchiladas, or wraps for a quick but satisfying meal. The versatility of these tortillas means that you can pair them with different ingredients to create a variety of flavors.

For a savory breakfast option, try stuffing the tortillas with scrambled eggs, cheese, and mushrooms. It’s a great way to start your day with something hearty and filling. You could also try mashed avocado, tomatoes, or fresh salsa as toppings on your tortillas.

If you are looking for a lunchtime option or something on-the-go, wrap the tortillas around grilled chicken and vegetables for an easy healthy wrap. Another delicious option is pairing them with roasted veggies and hummus or beans for added flavor.

You can serve these healthy amaranth tortillas with any of your favorite toppings to make delicious vegetarian or vegan tacos. They’re also perfect for serving with fresh guacamole, salsa, and sour cream as a fun party dip that everyone will love.

In conclusion, the possibilities are endless when it comes to serving and pairing amaranth tortillas. Use them as a base for protein and vegetable loaded wraps or stuff them with eggs and cheese for a breakfast taco. These naturally gluten-free tortillas are an excellent addition to any mealtime.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Easy and quick to make, these tortillas will become your go-to recipe
Easy and quick to make, these tortillas will become your go-to recipe

Once you have made the amaranth tortillas, you can store them for later use. The great thing about these tortillas is that they can be made ahead and reheated easily. To store your tortillas, make sure they have cooled completely, and then store them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.

These tortillas will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days at room temperature. If you want to store them for a longer time, you can keep them in the fridge for up to 5-7 days or freeze them for up to a month. Just make sure to add a layer of parchment paper or wax paper between each tortilla before freezing so they don’t stick together.

To reheat your amaranth tortilla, simply place it on a non-stick skillet over low heat and warm it up on both sides. Alternatively, you can wrap your tortilla in damp paper towels and microwave it for 15-20 seconds until hot.

These convenient storage and reheating options make these gluten-free amaranth tortillas perfect for meal prep or quick weeknight dinners. You can even use them as wraps for sandwiches or taco shells for vegetarian breakfast tacos.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The perfect tortilla for those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease
The perfect tortilla for those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease

Cooking can often seem like a daunting task, but with a little bit of guidance and techniques, it can be a fun and rewarding activity! Here are some tips for making the perfect Amaranth Tortillas:

1. Evaluate the Consistency of Your Dough

When making the tortilla dough, it’s important to mix together the wet and dry ingredients well. After stirring in the water, evaluate the consistency of the dough. It should be soft and moist, but not too wet. You should be able to mold it easily without it sticking to your hands.

2. Use Amaranth Flour

This recipe calls for amaranth flour, which is naturally gluten-free and has a nutty, earthy taste. Although you can substitute it with other flours such as rice flour or quinoa flour, using amaranth flour will give your tortillas that unique flavor and texture.

3. Let Your Dough Rest

After preparing your dough, let it rest for at least 30 minutes. This helps to relax the gluten-free amaranth flour and makes the dough easier to handle when rolling them out.

4. Roll Out Your Tortillas Thinly

When rolling out your amaranth tortillas, aim for a thin layer of dough. This will help them cook evenly and prevent them from becoming too dry and brittle.

5. Cook on a Preheated Skillet

Before adding your tortillas to the skillet, make sure that the griddle is well-heated. Preheat it over medium heat for at least 5 minutes before you begin cooking your tortillas.

6. Use Flattened Taco Shells

If you want a crispy alternative or would like to make taco shells instead of tortillas, use enriched flattened taco shells that uphold their structure throughout serving times.

7. Add Vegetable Oil or Olive Oil

Adding a small amount of vegetable or olive oil to the skillet can help prevent the tortillas from sticking, as well as give them a nice golden-brown color.

8. Serve Immediately or Store Them Properly

Amaranth tortillas taste best when they are served warm and fresh off the skillet. However, if you need to store them, wrap them in a damp towel and keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When reheating, you can use a skillet or zap them in the microwave for about ten seconds.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating delicious and healthy gluten-free amaranth tortillas that are perfect for vegetarian breakfast tacos and beyond!

FAQ

Before concluding this article, let’s address some frequently asked questions regarding the amaranth tortilla recipe. From substitutions to serving suggestions, these FAQs are here to help you make the most of your gluten-free amaranth tortillas. So, let’s dive into the answers for some commonly asked questions!

Is amaranth gluten-free or not?

Amaranth, a long-cultivated grain, is rich in minerals and naturally free of gluten. Nevertheless, it is important to look for amaranth labeled as gluten-free, as with all naturally gluten-free grains.

What is a gluten-free substitute for amaranth flour?

If you’re looking for a gluten-free and nutritious flour substitute, chia flour might be a good option for you. Made from pulverized chia seeds, it contains a comparable amount of fiber and protein to amaranth flour. However, keep in mind that the substitution process may require some trial and error to achieve the correct flour-to-liquid ratio in your recipe.

How do you use amaranth powder?

Looking for a gluten-free alternative to thicken your soups and sauces? Amaranth flour might be the solution you’ve been seeking! It can also be an excellent substitute for 25% of the wheat flour in your recipes, especially when blended with other gluten-free flours to create a bakeshop-worthy texture.

What kind of tortillas are gluten-free?

Here are some versatile and healthy tortilla options that cater to various dietary needs. There are white corn tortillas perfect for tasty street tacos, original gluten-free tortilla wraps, low calorie yellow corn tortillas that won’t compromise flavor, innovative cauliflower tortillas, nutritious almond flour tortillas, and ultra-thin white corn tortillas for a lighter option.

Bottom Line

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I hope this recipe for gluten-free amaranth tortillas has shown you just how versatile and delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian cooking can be. With a few simple substitutions, you can enjoy all your favorite dishes without sacrificing flavor or nutrition.

Amaranth flour is a fantastic alternative to wheat flour that is naturally gluten-free and packed with nutrients. By using amaranth flour in this recipe, we’ve created a healthier version of a classic dish that everyone can enjoy. And by making your own tortillas at home, you can control the ingredients and ensure that your food is free from unwanted additives.

So whether you’re looking for a tasty option for breakfast tacos, taco shells, or simply need a gluten-free bread alternative, these amaranth tortillas are the perfect solution. They’re easy to make, store well, and are incredibly versatile – you can pair them with almost any filling you like!

I hope you give this recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments. And don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family – everyone deserves to enjoy delicious, healthy food!

Amaranth Tortillas - Gluten Free

Amaranth Tortillas - Gluten Free Recipe

A recipe from Bob's Red Mill as contributed by Marjorie Hunt Jones, R.N. and posted in response to a recipe request. Cooking time approximate.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 batch
Calories 475.7 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cups amaranth flour (Bob's Red Mill Organic preferred)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (store bought, Chili Powder, or your own recipe)

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix the amaranth flour and chili powder.
  • Stir in water, then evaluate the consistency.
  • The dough should be soft, but not wet, and mold easily into shapes.
  • The dough will easily form a ball as you stir it.
  • If necessary, add a bit more flour or water to achieve the proper consistency.
  • Pinch off balls of dough the size of golf balls.
  • Roll them in additional flour to coat well.
  • Knead each ball a bit as you pat or roll it into a flat circle that's about 1/8" thick and 5" - 6" across.
  • Repeat with all dough.
  • Heat a heavy nonstick frying pan or griddle. Use no oil.
  • Place each tortilla in the hot pan, and cook for a few minutes on each side.
  • Tortillas should become lightly brown and start to appear dry. Cool on wire racks.

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Nutrition

Serving: 246gCalories: 475.7kcalCarbohydrates: 84.1gProtein: 18.4gFat: 8.6gSaturated Fat: 2.1gSodium: 54.9mgFiber: 12.5gSugar: 0.2g
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