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Industrial Bakery Equipment For Tortillas

Tortillas will not only hold a delicious meal together but will also compliment it!

Tortillas are a thin flatbread typically made from finely-ground corn or wheat. Tortillas can be incorporated into sweet or savory dishes, and have been uniquely adapted to everything from ice cream tacos to thin-crust pizzas! Most often, however, they provide the perfect carrier for well-known Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, tostadas and enchiladas.

Tortillas made from maize have a centuries-long history in Mexican and Central American culture. Traditionally, these could have consisted of a variety of kernels in naturally-occuring colours from white, yellow, red, or blue. Today, white and yellow tortillas made from flour are most common.

The process for making tortillas is similar to the baking process of bread, involving mixing, kneading and rolling dough. This versatile flatbread is simple in ingredients, typically consisting only of flour, salt, shortening or lard, water, and occasionally baking powder.

Once the ingredients have been mixed and the dough made, a surface should be lightly floured and the dough kneaded for several minutes. Giving the doughtime to rest is an important step in the process of making tortillas. This allows for full absorption of the water and for the dough to “relax.” Doing so ultimately makes the dough easier to roll, resulting in a thinner and better-textured finished product. Finally, after being thinly rolled out, it should be baked for only tens of seconds on each side.
Achieving a perfect consistency for the mixture can be challenging and take practice, as can knowing for how long and at what temperature to bake it. The tortillas should have some bubbles and light brown spots on the surface. Enjoying tortillas that are soft and tender or more crispy is a personal preference, but if they feel stiff it means they’ve been cooked for too long and/or at too high of a heat.

While a bowl, skillet, wooden spoon, spatula and/or Mexican tortilla press may be perfect for at-home use, at a larger-scale operation this may not be practical. Let us help you design the right tortilla solution for your manufacturing environment!

Dunbar Systems Inc. can provide industrial bakery equipment for mass production of tortillas while still maintaining the perfect quality and consistency of individually handmade tortillas. We follow a carefully-planned and streamlined system to understand your current business process before formulating a customized solution to help you achieve your production goals. We have an inline process that can be used separately or integrated in an adaptable production line. Our project managers and engineers monitor the building of equipment and will be on site to ensure proper installation and on-time delivery.

With over 35 years of experience in the industry, professionals at Dunbar Systems Inc. are experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to providing the right industrial equipment for tortillas. You can trust us when it comes to your commercial bakery needs as we customize our vendor selection to your solution. Since our inception, we have completed over 1,600 successful baking production installations. We can help you identify the right bakery solution for your operation. Our solutions are simple, cost-effective and innovative, allowing you to maximize bakery efficiency.

If you need support in designing a custom automated system for your commercial space, contact us today for more information. Call us at 630-257-2900, or email We look forward to helping you!