Homemade Tortillas

Nothing says “Tex-Mex” like a nice warm flour tortilla.  My mother-in-law warms them up right on the stovetop for the girls.  It’s one of their favorite snacks.  Fresh store-bought tortillas are good, but THESE, my friends, are even better!

4 cups white flour
1.5 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
4 Tbs. vegetable shortening or butter
1.5 cups warm water

Directions:  Combine dry ingredients.  Using a fork or fingers, cut in the shortening or butter until well blended and mixture resembles coarse corn meal.  While working the dough with your hands, add half of the warm water.  Knead 15-20 times.  Add the remaining water and knead again.  Allow dough to stand 10 minutes.

Form balls with the dough about the size of an egg.

tortillas2Dust each ball with flour and press to flatten.  Roll each ball with a rolling pin as thin as possible – about 1/8 of an inch thick, and about 6 inches in diameter.

Heat a griddle or cast iron skillet on medium heat.  Cook tortillas one at a time, turning once.  They should be lightly browned and soft.  Stack the tortillas and wrap in foil.

Serve warm.


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One Response to Homemade Tortillas

  1. Traci February 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    These look great, and not too difficult to make!

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