Homemade Tortillas

Homemade Tortillas


There is nothing like fresh flour tortillas (tortillas de harina)! I was lucky enough to be taught how to make tortillas by my wonderful neighbor in Arizona. This recipe is easy and so good with the result being thin, soft and delicious. You will never want store bought tortillas again. Please note that you need super hot water to make soft tortillas so don’t skip the step for heating water!




6 cups All Purpose Flour

1 TBSP salt

1 TBSP Baking Powder

1 cup Vegetable Shortening

2 to 2 ¼ cups HOT water


I usually make up my dough in my stand mixer but it can also be done by hand. First, combine the dry ingredients. Next, mix in the shortening until well blended and crumbly. Last, slowly add in the HOT water and mix until well combines. Knead the dough for 10 minutes and then rest it for at least 15 minutes in a plastic bag. It can be frozen for later use, or rolled into tortillas right away.


To make the tortillas, Heat a skillet to medium heat and sprinkle your surface with flour (you will need to do this for every one).

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Roll a piece of dough into palm sized balls and flatten with your fingers.


Place the flattened dough ball onto the floured surface and roll as thin as possible. The shape does not have to be a perfect circle! They all taste the same.



Now, carefully place your thinly rolled tortilla into the hot skillet. It doesn’t take long for it to begin bubbling up. Let it get nice and bubbly and then flip to cook the other side for about half a long as the first side took. You will need to do a little trial and error but once you get it you will have it for good.



I usually flip mine onto a plate lined with a thin clean cloth to absorb and condensation. They can be reheated for later use or enjoyed right away!


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