Sunday, February 20, 2011

Homemade Flour Tortillas

I saw a post over at Mommy's Kitchen that I knew I had to try. Homemade flour tortillas... yum! I've never attempted them before, but they looked so good! I decided to make tacos tonight so I could try out the recipe. Mine weren't perfectly round, but they sure were tasty! I liked them a lot better than store bought tortillas, and they really weren't too much effort.


2 - cups all purpose flour
1 - teaspoon baking powder
1/2 - teaspoon salt
5 - tablespoons vegetable shortening or lard
3/4 - cup hot water

In a large bowl add the flour, salt, baking powder and shortening.  Cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles pea size pieces.

Add the hot water. Mix until a dough starts to form. Knead on a floured surface for 5 - 10 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball and place into a covered bowl and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Pinch off the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each piece into golf ball size ball. Place the balls back into the bowl and cover and let the dough balls rest for 20 minutes.

Preheat your griddle or cast iron pan on med - high heat. Flatten each dough ball a bit and then Roll out on a floured surface forming a circle.
To make a round shape roll out the dough and then make a 1/4 of a turn of the circle and then roll and make another 1/4 of a turn. Keep doing this until the dough is rolled out to 1/8 inch thick. Your tortillas should be thin rather than thick.

Place onto the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly. Flip and continue cooking the other side. Each side should cook about 30 seconds.

Keep the cooked tortillas warm while you continue rolling and cooking the remaining tortillas. I happened to have this handy tortilla container... convenient.

I made these for tacos, but I admit I ate a few plain tortillas...

one word = yum!

These worked great for tacos! Very tasty!!

All loaded up...




  1. Hello! I found you on the Great Recipe Exchange and am now following your blog.

    I cook a lot, but have never made my own tortillas. I'm going to have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Jan at Jewelry4Change

  2. I am so excited to make these! I love going out to eat and having fresh tortillas, why not have that at home?! Thanks for posting on the recipe exchange :)

    Emilee at

  3. I made the recipe and they turned out too salty. I looked at the place you got the recipe and it says 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt which is the opposite on your post. Just wanted to give you a heads up so that people don't make the same mistake I did.

  4. Thanks. I fixed the mistake.

  5. Can I use baking soda instead of baking powder?


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