What Is a Simple Recipe for Flour Tortillas?


A simple flour tortilla recipe combines flour, salt, baking powder and lard with water to form a large ball of dough. The dough is kneaded and then divided into equal parts before rolling into tortillas with a rolling pin. The prepared tortillas are cooked in a heated skillet and served warm.

Combine 4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of baking powder in a large mixing bowl, and whisk to combine. Add 2 tablespoons of lard, and stir until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water, up to 1 1/2 cups, a little at a time, until the mixture forms a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead for several minutes or until the dough is smooth with an elastic texture. Divide the dough into 24 equal parts, and use a well-floured rolling pin to roll each ball to the desired thickness.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook each tortilla for one minute per side or until each side is golden. Serve warm.

There is a similar recipe with vegetable shortening that makes a smaller batch of tortillas with 1 3/4 cups of flour, 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder. Whisk the flour mixture until combined, add 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening and mix until crumbly. Add water, up to 1/2 cup, to the mixture until it forms a dough. Knead the dough onto a floured surface until elastic, and then divide it into 8 equal parts. Roll the dough into tortillas and cook for one minute per side or until golden.