Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 15 mins

Here is a pretty easy way to make your own flour tortillas. They are so good when they're homemade.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a food processor combine 2 3/4 cups of the flour (reserve the remaining flour for rolling out the dough) with the lard or shortening.
  2. Pulse several times until the fat is evenly distributed throughout the flour and no particles of fat are visible.
  3. Dissolve the salt in 2/3 cup of the warm water.
  4. With the machine running, pour the liquid through the feed tube in a steady stream and stop the machine once the dough has come together in a ball.
  5. Feel the dough; it should be a medium-stiff consistency, not too firm but not as soft as most bread doughs.
  6. If the dough is too stiff, divide it into several pieces, sprinkle with 1 or 2 tablespoons of the remaining water and process again until a ball forms.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 portions, roll into balls and place on a flat surface or plate.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and allow dough to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  9. On a lightly floured surface roll each ball into a 7-inch circle by flattening the ball of dough, lightly flouring it, and with a rolling pin rolling forward and backward over the dough, then turn it a sixth of a turn and roll forward and backward again.
  10. Repeat the turning and rolling process until a 7-inch circle is formed, re-flouring the work surface as necessary.
  11. Place the tortilla on a plate and cover with plastic wrap.
  12. Repeat the rolling out process for the remaining 11 balls of dough.
  13. Heat a flat cast iron griddle over moderately high heat.
  14. Lay a tortilla on the griddle and cook for 20 to 45 seconds until tortilla bubbles and lightly browns on the underside.
  15. Flip the tortilla and cook it for another 30 to 45 seconds.
  16. The tortilla should be lightly browned but still soft and flexible.
  17. Transfer the cooked tortilla to a heavy towel and wrap it up.
  18. Cook the remaining tortillas in a similar manner and store stacked in the towel to keep them warm and soft.
  19. Tortillas can be stored in a sealable plastic bag and refrigerated until ready for use.
  20. To reheat the tortillas, tuck them in an"envelope" made out of aluminum foil and heat in a 325°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.


Most Helpful

Great money saver! My kids did not believe me that I made my own tortillas. They looked just like the store bought and tasted just as good, if not better. Here's a little tip to use after rolling out the dough and shaping - use a small plate and a pizza cutter to trim the edges to make the tortilla a perfect circle. I was absolutely thrilled with this and I thank you for sharing it.

mums the word March 26, 2011

Wow, I was able to make a dozen tortillas for pennies verses over $2.00 a package at the store. these took no time at all and were a hundred times better tasting.DO NOT try to use a regular tortilla press for this. They are made for use with corn tortillas and will possibly break if you use them with this stiff of dough. I used my Kitchen Aid with the wire whisk to mix in the lard and changed to the dough hook for the water. I noticed the resting time takes longer when the house is a little cold. I have made several batches at a time since I noticed these freeze really well

Treenickel January 24, 2010

Followed this absolute. Used lard, and it was the way to go. Easy as peezy to put together. Used my Kitchen Aid Mixer (processor gone) (first with my whip, then with the paddle attachment) until dough came together. Rolled out, let sit for about an hour. Was perfect, and used my hand to roll out, and finished with the roller. Not perfect circles, but who cares? It's rustic, and good. No need for perfection here, unless eating. Which it was. Loved it, thanks!

Andi of Longmeadow Farm October 16, 2011

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