Flour Tortillas Recipe

Authentic Mexican Tortillas

This recipe will make approximately 12 flour tortillas.

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup warm water

In a bowl, blend flour, salt, baking powder and shortening until it resembles fine meal. Add water, a little at a time, to flour mixture and toss until liquid is incorporated (water amount will vary with different flour types). Form dough into a ball and kneed on a floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic. Divide, and make 12 smaller balls. Cover and let stand at least 30 minutes.

Cooking Tortillas

Roll each ball of dough on a floured surface to make 6 or 7 inch sized tortillas. Place on a pre-heated griddle or cast iron skillet and cook till medium golden on both sides. Stack between towels or plastic.

Small amounts of butter may be used for frying if desired. Tortillas can also be grilled over a barbecue and wood burning stoves with smooth flat tops and types with round covers make excellent grilling surfaces for tortillas.

Try these home made flour tortillas
with this
Guacamole Dip recipe.

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