Homemade Flour Tortillas
Homemade Flour Tortillas
In Mexican cuisine, tortillas are as essential as daily bread. With this simple recipe, you can create your very own homemade flour tortillas.
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Homemade Flour Tortillas
In Mexican cuisine, tortillas are as essential as daily bread. With this simple recipe, you can create your very own homemade flour tortillas.
Servings Prep Time
18small flour tortillas 1hour
Servings Prep Time
18small flour tortillas 1hour
Ingredients
  • 2½ to 3cups all-purpose floursifted, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2cup vegetable shortening
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 1cup waterhot
Instructions
  1. Melt the shortening in a microwave-safe bowl (glass). Add the water, salt and baking powder. Gradually add the flour in, working the dough with your hands until it's no longer sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes, preheat a griddle to medium heat. Make dough balls, about 2 inches in size. On a flat surface, dust with flour and roll out one dough ball at a time (about 5 inches). Cook on griddle until the tortilla starts to bubble up, turn and cook for another minute.
  3. If tortillas are cooking too fast, turn down the heat. You want a light to golden brown color. Stack the cooked tortillas in between a clean kitchen towel, and keep them covered.
  4. Once the tortillas have completely cooled, store in resealable plastic bags in the refrigerator. Reheat on hot griddle for a few minutes. They will keep for 5 to 7 days.
Recipe Notes

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.