Homemade Flour Tortillas
- 2½ to 3 cups all-purpose flour sifted, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup water hot
Essential!!! In a nutshell, the homemade flour tortilla is one of the top 5 comfort foods on my list! The most wonderful meal prepared by my mom would consist of a freshly made pot of pinto beans, mashed with Mexican chorizo, and warm flour tortillas right off the comal (Mexican griddle). Oh, I just made myself very, very hungry! I will never forget when I asked my mom for her recipe. There were no real measurements, but after years of preparing them, I think I'm finally happy with the results. Thanks, Mom!
While kneading the dough, you want to add as little extra flour as possible. The dough will be smooth and just slightly moist. I get asked a lot about the temperature of the water when preparing the tortillas. I have used both hot and cold water while preparing the recipe, and both have worked; but I prefer a hot water. Use a wooden spoon or silicone spatula to help you mix in the beginning until dough is cool enough to handle. For a tasty, sweet treat, shallow fry a few flour tortillas until golden and crispy, dust them with cinnamon and sugar and violá! A quick buñuelo!! If you want to speed up the process of making tortillas, I would suggest purchasing a large, heavy griddle that can cook 6 tortillas at once.