It’s funny how sometimes we forget to share the most simple things we make. So here is one of my most simple recipes – traditional homemade flour tortillas! When we were living in Japan I craved the simple things – like chips and salsa, quesadillas, fajita’s, etc… Thankfully spices were easy to come by and tortillas are easy to make!
Someone once told me you don’t have to count water or salt and pepper in ingredient counts for recipe – well if you don’t count the water or salt this is three ingredients (obviously 5 if you do count them. I mean who doesn’t have flour, baking powder, and shortening lying around? You can also use lard instead of vegetable shortening – def a great flavor – but this is one of the FEW times (tamales too) I don’t recommend subbing out butter.
This recipe is all about getting the dough consistency right – you add the water until your happy with the texture then knead/rest/knead/rest/knead – this will help develop the gluten. Kneading helps develop the gluten resulting in a better stretch to the dough and a softer tortilla.
The resting period is important too, to let the gluten relax, you can’t just knead straight and have the dough turn out right – trust me. AND over kneading (almost impossible by hand) will end with a super tough dough and tortilla (so I still do it by hand vs using my Bosch)
Homemade Flour Tortillas recipe and video
- 6 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 C shortening
- 2-3 C hot water
- mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl
- cut in the shortening until it is very small crumbs
- add a small amount of water at a time and mix until the dough is soft, and spongy
- knead 5 mins, then rest for 10 mins then repeat about three times
- form into balls about 1-2 inches in diameter
- roll out on a lightly floured board
- place in a hot, dry, skillet and cook about 1 min on each side
- to keep tortillas warm keep wrapped in foil
So that’s that – easy peasy and oh so worth it! What is your favorite thing to enjoy with tortillas?
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How many tortillas does this recipe make?
I made 36 6 inch tortillas with the full recipe – but if you make larger tortillas obviously it would be less so it totally depends on the size you are looking to achieve
You seem to copycat the image of Chef Anne Burrell … are you gay, too?
I wasn’t trying to copy anyone, just be myself. And no I’m not gay, but does it matter?
Can I replace shortening ?
yes, traditionally you’d use lard.
Thanks for the (seemingly) easy tortilla recipe. Making today. I would like to extend my apology to you regarding the very rude remark made by Jerry B – totally uncalled for. What a dweeb🤬
negative comments are part of putting yourself (and recipes) out there. There are probably as many ways to make tortilla recipes as there are families in Mexico. This is just how I was taught by my grandma who grew up in Mexico.