Homemade Tortillas


We make a lot of burritos around here so I decided to make some tortillas from scratch yesterday. They're actually pretty simple. This is a good recipe (originally found here) to have on the back burner if you run out of tortillas and don't feel like going to the store.

Ingredients (makes about 18-20 10" tortillas):

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons lard or shortening (lard is traditional but I didn't have any so I used shortening and it worked just fine)

Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the lard/shortening.

Add the water and knead the dough just until it comes together.

Cut the dough into equal pieces (18-20) and roll each piece into a ball. Flour your surface and the rolling pin and roll each ball into a thin, circular tortilla.

Heat a skillet and warm the tortillas. For the tortillas I planned on using right away, I heated them until they turned slightly brown and bubbly.

For the tortillas I planned to store in the fridge, I just warmed them until they were slightly stiff, not brown or bubbly. These can be reheated later.

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