Make Your Own Flour Tortillas At Home

Let’s be honest here. Nothing says Mexican food like a delicious tortilla. These are one of the most versatile breads that has ever existed. Whether you’re grilling up a chicken quesadilla, smothering them in enchilada sauce or using them for burritos, tacos or as a salad bowl, tortillas are a great staple for every mom. When I was a kid, my own mother used to warm them on the stove with some melted butter and then roll it up for my breakfast. I’ve done the same for my kids, sometimes adding a little cinnamon and sugar as a treat.

When I visit my favorite Mexican restaurants, most of them have fresh, delicious tortillas, and I have to admit, I go WILD.  While having a package of flour tortillas from the store is easy and convenient, there is nothing on this earth like biting in to a perfectly done fresh tortilla.

The good news is you can make them at home. They’re a great thing to make with the kids if you are wanting something fun to do on a Saturday morning. And you can keep them for several days or even freeze them for the future. But when they’re this simple to make, why not just eat them all at once, right!?

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP lard
1 1/2 C warm water

To begin, lightly stir together the flour, baking soda and salt.  Add the lard and then use your hands to work it all together until it resembles very fine small pieces of grain.

Next, add the warm water to the mixture, and once again use your hands to combine all of the ingredients.

Dump the dough onto a floured wooden cutting board and roll out with a floured rolling pin. Work the dough back and forth, and keep going until it appears smooth.

Cut the dough into equal sized squares and then roll each square into a little ball.

In a cast iron skillet, add a small amount of oil and put over medium heat.

With a floured rolling pin, take one of the dough balls and roll it out into a circle. Use your hands to shape it, if necessary. Roll again until it is uniformly circular and flat.

Place the dough circle into the heated skillet and watch until the first side turns a golden brown. Flip the tortilla and cook until it, too, is nicely golden brown.

Remove the tortilla and wrap in a bit of foil to keep it warm until all of the dough balls have been fried.

How easy is that?

Make Your Own Tortillas at Home - Easy Recipe and Instructions


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

8 Responses

  1. I’d really like to try these, we get through loads of supermarket ones. With your nice clear instructions it sounds quite straightforward.

  2. Thank you for sharing. Home made Tortilla would taste so much better than the ones that live on the shelf for 3 months. I had no idea the recipe was so simple. The only challenge is all that rolling. I bet its worth it. Thanks for shaing

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