Flour Tortilla Recipe

Flour tortillas are a staple for Mexican food, next time instead of buying them at the grocery store, make your own!



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp lard or vegetable shortening, chilled and diced, plus extra for greasing


1. Put the flour, salt, and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the lard. Rub the lard in with your hands until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add 2/3 cup warm water. Bring the mixture together to form a rough, soft dough.

2. Turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for a few minutes until smooth. Put the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Rest in a warm place for 1 hour. 

3. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and divide it into 8 equal portions. Take 1 piece and leave the others covered with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying. Roll each piece of dough out thinly to a circle about 8-10 inches in diameter. Stack the rolled tortillas in a pile, placing a piece of parchment paper between each.

4. Heat a pan over medium heat. Take 1 tortilla and dry fry for 1 minutes. Turn it over and continue to cook until both sides are cooked and browned in places. Transfer to a wire rack and repeat to cook all the remaining tortillas. Serve warm or cooled.