How to Make Flour Tortillas Mexican Style Recipe

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Cook Time:10



3 cups self-rising flour1 tsp salt2 tsp baking powder2 tbsp solid vegetable shortening (or lard if you're into authenticity)1 1/8 cups water


In a Large bowl, cut shortening into flour. Add salt and baking powder. Stir water in slowly with a fork until large ball of dough is formed. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes. Turn out onto a board and knead until smooth. Divide into 12 pieces and shape each into a smooth ball. Flatten each ball into a four or five inch patty, the roll into a nine-inch round.

After each tortilla is rolled out, place it on a preheated, ungreased skillet over medium high heat. When blisters appear on tortilla, flatten immediately with a wide spatula. Turn tortilla often until blisters turn a light brown. Serve immediately or store in a refrigerator or freezer. Makes a dozen.

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Como hacer Tortillas de Harina en tu casa


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80% Recommend this product (8 of 10 responses)
By Maria L.
Boise Idaho
Almost Perfect
June 15, 2023
My son and I made these tonight these are the only tortillas that let me roll them out in the circular shapes all the rest come out looking like the maps I did use Crisco shortening and I used warm water. I kneened the dough prior to resting for 25 mins then needed it for 1 min before rolling I to balls I did accidentally put baking soda in it instead of powder so I had to take it out and then I added the powder and a smidge more salt I didn't separate the flour, salt and banking power, and Crisco I mixed everything together. The dough was a little tacky I used a bit of flour when rolling out mine came out very thick and a fluffy kind of like naan or pita bread and then tasted like saltines I would reduce the salt to 3/4 of a teaspoon probably the person that said they needed more salt used more Crisco and so that's probably why the salt taste didn't come through. We will make this more often
Savannah Georgia
Self rising flour
September 25, 2022
I was looking for a way to use up self rising flour i bought by accident.
I'm impressed, it's a good recipe, tasty and holds together. I've made tortillas my intire life so I know what texture and taste a good tortilla should have and this recipe is a good one. Definitely a keeper.
  • Good texture, taste and holds ingredients without breaking.
By Norma
November 2, 2020
Do not add salt!!!!
Mine tasted like they were just tooooo salty.
My mouth still taste like it too.

By Monica
October 28, 2020
I followed the recipe ingredients as is and kneaded the dough about 1 minute to shape into ball then let it rest about 25 min. It doubled in size and they turned out wonderful. I used real butter and melted it and mixed it with very warm water before adding it to the dry ingredients. This recipe is a keeper!
By Maria
Self Rising Tortillas
October 3, 2020
I had never made tortillas with this type of flour, but I had it on had for a bread I had made. I wanted to use it up and found the recipe for the tortillas. I loved it, not having to deal with baking power and salt. I added about 1/3 cup of Crisco, they came out perfect. I didn’t give it 5 stars because I felt it needed more salt for taste. Thank you👍🏼

  • I felt it need a touch of salt for more flavor.
By Min
Sacramento, CA
About the water, baking powder and salt
March 20, 2020
Someone noted that baking powder was not necessary as self-rising flour has baking powder and salt in it which is true. However, I recommend adding the baking powder and salt as I tried making the tortillas without it also using self-rising flour. Another comment is the water which for me made the dough too sticky so it is a good thing that the recipe notes to add the water slowly; however, it should note that all the water may not be necessary and to stop when a soft dough has formed. If the dough ends up sticky then add a little more flour to correct. Did anyone use warm water? I was taught that the water should be warm.
  • So easy to remember.
By Bobbie
SLC, Utah
Don't add Salt or Baking Powder
November 11, 2019
If you're using Self Rising flour you DO NOT need to add Salt or Baking powder. Self Rising Flour already has in it
By Rachel P.
Pretty Close to my Grandmothers
December 27, 2017
This is the closest recipe to my grandmothers. My grandmother didn't have a recipe, she eyeballed her ingredients. I will be keeping this recipe and using it for years to come.
By Michael
SE Georgia, USA
Awesome Tortilla Recipe
February 24, 2017
I love flour tortillas and they are so easy to make. Using lard is the "only" way to go. The flavor far outweighs the so called health risks. I like tortillas so much that I made my own tortilla press.
  • Simple to make with very few ingredients. Easily adapts to make a larger batch for storing in the refrigerator or freezer. Much more economical to make your own. Make a lot, fill them with a burrito mixture, freeze them and you have quick and easy better burritos whenever you want which are better than you can purchase at any store.
  • Clean up but if you make a large batch you do not have to clean up very often.
By Tony
Review for Flour Tortillas - Mexican Recipe
January 21, 2010
Really excellent it served as a good reminder for me thank you for sharing

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