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Homemade Flour Tortillas


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening or lard
  • 1/2 cup very warm water


  1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium size mixing bowl. Whisk together to mix evenly.
  2. Add shortening/lard. Using a pastry cutter, combine the ingredients. Continue to cut mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Slowly pour in water (you want it hot, but not boiling). Stir to bring mixture together.
  4. Lightly knead dough on a lightly floured surface - approximately 30 times. You can stop when your dough becomes a cohesive ball and is less sticky. You can add small amounts of water as needed. Cover with a tea towel and allow dough to rest for 45 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into equal portions - roughly the size of table tennis (ping-pong) balls. Place onto a plate and cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Roll out each individual ball of dough on a lightly floured surface until very thin. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium/medium-high heat. Place one tortilla onto the griddle. Cook on each side for 20 to 30 seconds, removing it while the tortilla is still soft but slightly brown in spots.
  7. Repeat until all tortillas are browned. Stack tortillas and cover with a towel to keep warm. Serve immediately or allow to cool before storing tortillas in an air tight container.

Recipe Notes

*You can freeze tortillas for several months. Just pull out the amount that you need, wrap them in aluminum foil and warm them in the oven.
Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms