Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

My family cooks everything by touch, I've never been able to duplicate their tortilla recipe until now.


  1. In a mixing bowl, stir in flour, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Add the shortening, the mixture should have a small mealy texture to it.
  3. Make a well in the middle and pour a small amount of water at a time until the dough comes together.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and continue to knead until it looks smooth and feels elasticy. Place in covered bowl and let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. At this time, preheat ungreased griddle over medium-high heat.
  6. Tear off golfball sized pieces and lightly flatten, so they don't roll.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into a circle, thickness of a cracker.
  8. Cook for each side for about 1 minute.
  9. Both sides should be slightly freckled.
  10. Cooking time could vary.


Most Helpful

Wow! These are absolutely amazing! The only thing I did differently was replace the shortening with lard (before you freak, read this: ). I have also used this as the basis for a large number of "alternate flavor" tortillas such as Tomato Basil, Spinach, Roast Garlic etc. Thanx for the recipe!

GeauxGhoti October 03, 2009

These are great -- much more flavourful than storebought. We made them a couple weeks back for quesadillas, and made them again this morning for breakfast burritos! Thanks for a simple recipe that will surely be made often at our house.

Joyful_F&C April 20, 2009

Awesome btw I learned a shortcut- a hand mixer, as you would use to make cake batter. Saves an hour of risking carpal tunnel with a spoon.

Faitherbee March 26, 2009

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