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Homemade Flour Tortillas Recipe

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Make them fresh yourself and taste the difference!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-12


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup shortening or lard (you can substitute butter) cold
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup warm water


With a pastry blender or back of a fork, blend flour, baking powder, salt, and shortening, until it resembles coarse meal. When well combined, slowly add water until soft dough forms. Add additional warm water as necessary. Knead for 5 minutes. Separate into 12 portions for small tortillas and 6 portions for large tortillas. Heat a comal or griddle over medium heat.

Roll each ball of dough out into a round shape, approx. 1/8 inch thick.

Place each raw tortilla on the hot comal and cook on each side for about 1 minute. If it puffs up at all, you can poke a hole in the puffed area to release the steam. Cook it until it is no longer doughy. Remove from the comal and place onto a plate covered with a towel. Use the edges of the towel to pull over the tortillas as you cook them, to keep them warm.

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