Tortillas de Harina – Handmade Flour Tortillas

  • Servings : 4-5 large tortillas
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 30m

I used to love making homemade tortillas with my grandma as a child. She’d let me roll out the dough and give me cookie cutters to cut them into whatever holiday shapes I wanted.

I’m not sure why I no longer make them everyday, but they’re so easy and cheap to make, plus they taste 100 times better than any kind bought in the store, and best of all – they don’t have any lard!

As shown in the photo, it pairs really well with Mexican Rice:


  • 2 3/4 cups flour - I used unbleached all-purpose, but whole wheat works too
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water


Step 1

In a large bowl, use your hands to combine the flour, and vegetable shortening, making sure to massage all the clumps of shortening into the flour. I usually continuously rub my hands in a back and forth motion to feel that all the shortening particles have been broken up. When it seems that they're well-combined, mix in the baking powder.

Step 2

Dissolve the salt in hot water and pour 2/3 of it into the flour mixture, mix in with your hands. Add the rest of water if there are still loose flour particles - I sometimes need to add another 1/2 tsp of water to make sure it all sticks. It should be smooth, not sticky.

Step 3

Divide dough into several sections - I made mine into five large burrito-sized tortillas. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into whatever shapes you'd like, these days I stick to the circle tortilla. Continue to lightly flour the dough if it begins to stick to the rolling pin or surface.

Step 4

On a hot un-greased griddle or skillet, place the rolled out tortilla dough for about 45 seconds or until it has brown spots on the bottom. Make sure it bubbles . Flip over and do it again to the other side.

Step 5

When tortillas are finished, stack them on a plate covered in a towel.

"They say you are what you eat, so I strive to be healthy. My goal in life is not to be rich or wealthy, 'Cause true wealth comes from good health and wise ways... we got to start taking better care of ourselves " - Dead Prez

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