Easy to Make Recipe: Flour Tortillas from Scratch

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If you've always loved fresh, homemade tortillas but thought they were too difficult to make; well look no further. Here is a simple recipe to try for dinner tonight courtesy of a family recipe passed down from my mom.

Add some refried beans or hamburger meat and you have a meal!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Makes 12-24 Flour Tortillas

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Unbleached Flour
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 4-6 Tbsp Vegetable Shortening or Lard
  • 1 1/4 Cup Warm Water

Instructions

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Add vegetable shortening or lard OR use a combination of half lard, half shortening.
  3. Use a fork or pastry cutter to cut in the shortening or just do it the old fashioned way and use your hands.
  4. Next add warm water a little at a time until your dough is soft and not sticky. You do not need very hot water.
  5. Knead the dough for a few minutes.
  6. Now you will pull off pieces of dough to form about 12 small dough balls. Let them rest for at least 10 minutes, longer if you like.
  7. This is a good time to heat up the griddle. You will want to set it at a medium to high heat. If it is too hot the tortillas will cook too fast.
  8. Now you can roll out the dough with your rolling pin. It is a good idea to dust each ball with a little flour just before you roll them out. Lay the rolling pin in the center of the dough ball and roll up, center and roll down. It is good to lift the dough and turn it. Again, rolling pin the the center and roll. Roll them out fairly thin.
  9. Lay your tortilla on the hot griddle. It takes just a few seconds to cook. Flip to the other side. When they are done it should have lots of nice brown speckles.
  10. Place them in a towel. If you would like you can use a tortilla warmer to keep them warm longer.
  11. Serve.

Know what goes great with homemade tortillas? Try a Seven Layer Dip!

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I have never really thought of making tortillas before! I make tortilla wraps of some kind once a week, because they are so tasty and versatile. Thank you for sharing your family recipe!


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tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

Thanks for this very helpful recipe. I have bought tortillas before but all the additives in the ingredients list puts me off somewhat. I shall definitely try this recipe. It seems so easy to do. Thanks again.


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sydneyspence 3 years ago from Austin Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Tebo ~ I hope it works out well for you and I'd love to hear out they turned out! :)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I am back to say that I made homemade tortillas recently, and they came out pretty good! Thanks again. I am sharing this recipe this time.


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sydneyspence 3 years ago from Austin Texas Author

Kathryn that's awesome!! Very happy to hear that!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Never thought of making this myself. Thanks for sharing this.


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sydneyspence 3 years ago from Austin Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by FlourishAnyway ~ would love to hear how they turn out if you make them!


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sydneyspence 3 years ago from Austin Texas Author

Thanks cire81 for the comment!


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xmags 3 years ago from Philippines

This looks just about perfect! I love wraps and I think these would go best with some grilled beef. Ohh la la! Thanks for sharing .Voted up. :)


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sydneyspence 3 years ago from Austin Texas Author

Thanks a bunches for stopping by xmags! Flour tortillas are great for any kind of wrap, burrito or taco but my favorite is when they are piping hot with a little melted butter, perfect snack :)


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IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Easy and useful.


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sydneyspence 3 years ago from Austin Texas Author

Thanks IslandBites!

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