recipe: flour tortillas

We made these for dinner tonight, added some left over chicken, rice and black beans, and my homemade salsa, and some cheese....they were awesome! I don't think I'll ever buy tortillas again! these ones actually wrapped up nice, without cracking, and they tasted awesome!

Flour Tortillas
3 cups unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4-6 Tbsp. vegetable shortening or lard
about 1 1/4 cups warm water

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add vegetable shortening or lard. Or use a combination of half lard, half shortening.
Use a fork or a pastry cutter to cut in the shortening or just do it the old fashioned way and use your hands. (I used my hands)

Next add warm water a little at a time until your dough is soft and not sticky. You do not need very hot water.

Knead the dough for a few minutes.

Now you will pull off pieces of dough to form about 10-12 small balls. Let them rest for at least 10 minutes, longer if you like.

This is a good time to heat up a frying pan.
You will want to set it at medium to high heat. If it is too hot the tortillas will cook too fast.

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. Roll them out fairly thin.

Lay your tortilla on the hot pan (no spray or oil, just the dough). 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. Place them in a towel.

They are ready to be served!

Hope you enjoy!


  1. Hey, thanks for this recipe, Hannah...we've been thinking about trying our hand at making our own tortillas.....your timing in posting this is perfect.

  2. Sounds like an excellent meal! I love chicken and black beans! The homemade tortillas probably just put it over the top! :) Would these work well for making lunch salad wraps? I hate it when I do that and my tortilla cracks down the side...spilling all my lunch goodness. :)

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will use it. I don't like the cracking kind either.

  4. Yay! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love the photo too :) I'll definitely have to give these a try (once I run out of my store bought pack). It would be really nice not to have to buy them!