Tortillas are a staple food in Mexico. The flat, quick-cooking breads are practical because they can be used in place of plates. No utensils are necessary for tacos, burritos or other popular Mexican and Latin American dishes. Bilha Alegria shares her family recipe for flour tortillas.
Bilha Alegria learned to cook from her mother who never used recipe cards or measuring cups. Growing up in Monterrey, Mexico, Bilha’s father was a pastor and the family lived at the church and slept in pews at night because there was no parsonage. Cooking was done outdoors over an open fire. Bilha’s mom would buy sacks of flour to make tortillas and then use the flour sacks to make dresses for Bilha and her sisters.
Bilha and her husband Rudy Alegria are members of Brentwood United Methodist Church in Tennessee.