Flour Tortillas

Jeanne Benavidez


My Mother-in-law taught me to make these 30+ years ago. She didn't actually have a recipe but I watched her until I could guess at the quantities of each ingredient. I still make them by "looking" but here is the approximate amounts of ingredients to use. The are a little time-consuming but Oh so worth it. I found a picture on the internet that looks almost exactly like the ones I make. I'll take a picture of mine when I get a chance.


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Makes @ 20 - 30 Tortillas
45 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


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7 c
all purpose flour
2 tsp
baking powder
1 Tbsp
3 - 4 Tbsp
solid shortening (lard or crisco, etc.)
2 c
hot water (tap water not boiling water)

How to Make Flour Tortillas


  • 1In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and shortening. Combine well with fingers.
  • 2Knead well with your hands. Add in the water a little at a time until the dough comes together. It should not be wet but should not be flakey dry. Knead the dough for about 90 seconds, until elastic.
  • 3Cover dough with damp kitchen towel and let sit for @ 30 minutes. Knead the dough just a little, again. It should be smooth.
  • 4Form the dough into small balls (@2" diameter). Lay out on flat surface and cover with damp cloth.
  • 5Heat up your griddle or Comal to a very high heat.
  • 6Using a rolling pin, roll out the patties into tortillas, as thin and round as possible (this takes a lot of practice!). Roll one tortilla at a time…while one is cooking, you can be rolling out the next one. Keep the remaining dough balls under the damp cloth until you are ready to roll them.
  • 7Place tortilla on the hot griddle.
  • 8Cook the tortilla @ 30 seconds on each side, flipping twice. The tortilla should puff up. Press down with spatula.
  • 9Take tortilla off the griddle and place in a clean towel to keep warm.
  • 10Continue with the remaining dough.
  • 11I wrap the tortillas in the clean towel and then put them in an airtight container.

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About Flour Tortillas

Course/Dish: Flatbreads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Mexican
Hashtag: #Breads

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