Total Time
Prep 45 mins
Cook 10 mins

Found this in the May 2003 issue of Parenting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put flour, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix the shortening or oil into the flour mixture until it forms pea-size balls.
  3. Add the lukewarm water, a little at a time, until the dough is soft and pliable.
  4. On a floured surface, knead the dough until smooth, for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Place in a bowl, cover with a clean dish towel, and let it"rest" for 30 minutes.
  6. Knead dough and form 8 to 10 balls.
  7. Roll them out as thin and round as possible.
  8. Preheat an ungreased griddle or cast-iron frying pan.
  9. Cook tortillas on griddle one at a time, flipping when a bubble forms (less than a minute).
  10. Put cooked tortillas in a plastic bag until ready to serve, to keep them warm and soft.
Most Helpful

I've tried all the tortilla recipes on now and have come to the conclusion that this one is the best. I do change it up and add 50% olive oil and 50% shortening instead of just shortening and it makes the dough a bit more plyable and pressable. Also if you do refrigerate this dough it's best to let it warm to room temperature before using a tortilla press or rolling it out.

cinder55 September 27, 2012

I was so nervous to try this recipe, but it worked great! I used 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 cup wheat flour and butter flavored shortening (all I had). I made them thin and about 6-7" getting about 12. When rolling them out, if you roll up and down then move the tortilla a few inches clockwise and roll up and down again and keep doing this, it stretches the dough and makes circles easy. All of mine were circular and it was my first time, so it does work :) Thanks so much for broadening my horizons!

Brianna Storer June 26, 2009

I'll never buy tortillas from the store again! These were so good and so easy to make. I used coconut oil in mine and they turned out super tasty. Now I am experimenting with other types of flour- today I used a combo of regular, garbanzo bean and sorghum flour and we were very happy with the outcome. I think I'll try rye flour next...

mstan1369 July 01, 2015