Flour Tortillas

Steps on how to prepare a Flour Tortillas recipe


1 hour






  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons lard or 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup very warm tap water

    How to make it

  1. 1. STEP

    In a food processor combine 2 3/4 cups of the flour (reserve the remaining flour for rolling out the dough) with the lard or shortening.

  2. 2. STEP

    Pulse several times until the fat is evenly distributed throughout the flour and no particles of fat are visible.

  3. 3. STEP

    Dissolve the salt in 2/3 cup of the warm water.

  4. 4. STEP

    With the machine running, pour the liquid through the feed tube in a steady stream and stop the machine once the dough has come together in a ball.

  5. 5. STEP

    Feel the dough; it should be a medium-stiff consistency, not too firm but not as soft as most bread doughs.

  6. 6. STEP

    If the dough is too stiff, divide it into several pieces, sprinkle with 1 or 2 tablespoons of the remaining water and process again until a ball forms.

  7. 7. STEP

    Divide the dough into 12 portions, roll into balls and place on a flat surface or plate.

  8. 8. STEP

    Cover with plastic wrap and allow dough to rest for at least 30 minutes.

  9. 9. STEP

    On a lightly floured surface roll each ball into a 7-inch circle by flattening the ball of dough, lightly flouring it, and with a rolling pin rolling forward and backward over the dough, then turn it a sixth of a turn and roll forward and backward again.

  10. 10. STEP

    Repeat the turning and rolling process until a 7-inch circle is formed, re-flouring the work surface as necessary.

  11. 11. STEP

    Place the tortilla on a plate and cover with plastic wrap.

  12. 12. STEP

    Repeat the rolling out process for the remaining 11 balls of dough.

  13. 13. STEP

    Heat a flat cast iron griddle over moderately high heat.

  14. 14. STEP

    Lay a tortilla on the griddle and cook for 20 to 45 seconds until tortilla bubbles and lightly browns on the underside.

  15. 15. STEP

    Flip the tortilla and cook it for another 30 to 45 seconds.

  16. 16. STEP

    The tortilla should be lightly browned but still soft and flexible.

  17. 17. STEP

    Transfer the cooked tortilla to a heavy towel and wrap it up.

  18. 18. STEP

    Cook the remaining tortillas in a similar manner and store stacked in the towel to keep them warm and soft.

  19. 19. STEP

    Tortillas can be stored in a sealable plastic bag and refrigerated until ready for use.

  20. 20. STEP

    To reheat the tortillas, tuck them in an"envelope" made out of aluminum foil and heat in a 325°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons lard or 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup very warm tap water





    < 60 MINS



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