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Homemade Flour Tortillas Recipe

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Rolled flour tortillas
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This homemade flour tortillas recipe is very easy, and if you've never tasted fresh flour tortillas before, you should really give this a try. When you compare these light and delicious tortillas to store-bought, there really is no comparison.

Makes 8 Small Flour Tortillas

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup very hot water


Add the flour, salt, and baking powder to a mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk for 30 seconds to combine dry ingredients. Add the shortening, and work into the flour with a fork, or pastry cutter until the crumbs are the size of peas.

Pour in the hot water and stir with a fork to combine. Pour mixture on a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands for 3-4 minutes to form a smooth dough. Place back in the bowl, cover with a towel and let rest 15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 8 balls, and roll between your palms to make as smooth as possible. With a rolling pin, roll out each ball of dough into a thin circle about 6-7 inches across.

Preheat a dry cast iron, or non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Place the tortilla in the hot pan and cook for one minute, or until small air bubbles appear. Flip over and cook for another minute, and then finish by flipping over one last time for another minute. During the third minute the tortilla will usually puff up, and small browned spots will form on the surface.

Remove to a plate to cool. Once finished, the tortillas are ready to eat, or they can be frozen for future use.
User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
easy to make, Member 5catstooheavy

I made these today for the first time. I used 1 cup white spelt and 3/4cup whole spelt. This worked really well and they were delicious. I was able to quickly mix them up and the dough was nice and soft as described in the recipe. A year ago a friend gave me her tortilla press I finally used it for the first time and it saved me a lot of time. I was able to press the remaining 7 balls while the first tortilla cooked. Having used whole flour made them a bit less flexible but they were fine. Mine looked very much like the photo, except a bit darker. (liquid and salt amounts were fine, btw. I'd say if you find the dough dry, check to make sure your flour is fresh)

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