What Is the Recipe for a Mexican Tortilla?


The recipe for Mexican tortillas consists of white flour, salt, baking powder, shortening or lard and 1 cup hot water. This tortilla recipe is most commonly made in the northern part of Mexico where tortillas are a staple in many people's diets.

To make the tortillas, place 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl and mix. With the help of a pastry fork or your hands, mix 1/3 cup lard into the mix until it is incorporated into the rest of the ingredients. Make sure to slowly add the hot water little by little to the dough so the dough holds together. Knead dough on a counter for a couple of minutes until it is smooth.

Separate the dough into 10 round balls, cover them with a damp towel for 30 to 45 minutes, and let them rest. After this, cooks need to roll out each ball with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. When all the tortillas have been rolled out, they are ready to cook. Place a tortilla on a hot griddle, let it cook for about 20 to 30 seconds, and then rotate it and let it cook for the same amount of time. Continue this process for a couple minutes until the tortilla begins to puff up. The tortilla is ready and should be placed in a kitchen towel until it is eaten.