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Homemade Flour Tortillas

Packaged processed tortillas are fine in a pinch, but if you want taste something completely satisfying, try some homemade flour tortillas ASAP!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican


  • 4 cups white flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 4 tablespoons lard or shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups very hot water let the faucet run until it's as hot as it gets


  • Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • Cut in lard or shortening. Make a well in the center and add water, a small amount at a time, to form a dough.
  • Knead dough with hands in bowl until it's smooth and feel elastic.
  • Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Form dough into egg-sized balls and flatten between palms.
  • Preheat ungreased cast-iron skillet to a medium-high heat.
  • With rolling pin, roll each ball into 6-inch, thin circles (or to the size of your skillet).
  • Cook for approximately 30 seconds to 2 minutes (depending on how hot skillet is) on each side until tortilla looks slightly speckled and golden brown.
  • Cover with a clean towel or in a tortilla warmer to keep tortillas warm and soft until served. Store tortillas in a plastic bag for later use.