Easy Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

Easy to make, budget-friendly, and preservative-free tortillas. Homemade flour tortillas are delicious, chewy, and taste incomparable with a store-bought tortilla. Perfect for burritos, quesadillas, chimichangas, wrap and more!

Homemade Flour Tortilla

Some say the origin of the Flour Tortilla was Northern Mexico and this is why so many plates are made with it like Quesadillas as well as Burritos, Chimichangas, and Fajitas served with a flour tortilla.

Oldest found tortillas date back as far as 10,000 years BC and were made of native maize with dried kernel. It was the principal food of the Aztecs who lived in Mesoamerica. 

Tips on Making Flour Tortillas: Making flour tortillas will take some practice. I made some odd shape tortillas...some looked liked shoes, made tortillas that had a cracker texture, and I tried to rush the recipe, skipped kneading, and didn't let the dough rest. 

Follow each step, make sure ingredients are fresh. Flour tortillas will firm up when stored in the refrigerator, just warm up again on the comal or skillet. 

Rolling out tortillas: I lightly flour the surface and flour the rolling pin. Pat down the dough ball, and roll up and down, turn dough right, roll again, turn... repeat... If your tortilla is not totally round, you can carefully stretch it to be round.
Homemade Flour Tortilla

Cost of making Homemade Flour Tortillas Homemade flour tortillas cost approximately 5 cents each, $.60 - $.90 a dozen. Store-bought tortillas are approximately 25 cents each, $3 a dozen. (prices according to regions)

Homemade Flour tortilla Recipe

How to make Flour Tortillas 

Following all the steps to making a flour tortilla is the secret to succeeding in creating a delicious soft tortilla. 

Mix dry ingredients until well blended (give your flour a quick stir before measuring) 
Cut in lard or shortening ( I use a pastry cutter, but you can use your hands). 
Add water, a little at a time. cleaning the bowl with the dough as you go. 

Knead the dough for about 5 minutes(do not skip), until soft and smooth but not sticky. (picture below) 

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

Do not use flour on the surface to knead. Kneading in the same bowl is okay, but no extra flour unless sticky. 
Place dough on cutting board, cut in half, then cut halves into halves, keep cutting until you have 16 dough pieces. (my way of achieving equal size balls) 

Shape into 16 balls; Place on parchment paper and cover with a dishtowel and let stand for 20-30 minutes (do not skip this part) Allowing the dough to rest lets any of the liquid absorb into the flour, which will give you a softer tortilla after cooking. 

 Roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface (too much flour will turn out a dry tortilla) Place each on a hot comal or cast iron pan, the tortilla will start to bubble up, then flip.  To flip, you can use a flat spatula,  I use my fingers to grab the edge to flip but I would use a spatula to keep from burning fingertips. 

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

Tortillas should be lightly brown on both sides (if tortillas are showing dark spots right away put the heat down a little) 

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

What do I use to cook Tortillas? 

Cast-iron Pan - Cast-iron pans provide even distribution of heat properly all around and are perfect for fajita size tortillas. 

 Comal - Nonstick Carbon Steel Round Comal 13 inches is what I use for large burrito size tortillas.

Storing Homemade Flour Tortillas Refrigerator: Flour Tortillas will store for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Store them in sealable plastic storage bags. 

Freezer: Store tortillas in freezer storage bags, squeeze all the air out. Tortillas will be good for up to 3 months. 

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Easy to make, homemade flour tortillas.

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup lard/shortening
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  1. Mix dry ingredients until well blended (give the flour a quick stir before measuring)
  2. Cut in lard or shortening. Add water, a little at a time, cleaning the bowl with the dough as you go
  3. Knead dough about 5 minutes until smooth but not sticky. Do not use flour on the surface to knead. Let dough rest for 25 minutes. (do not skip this part)
  4. Shape dough into balls (golf-size balls). Roll out each ball on a lightly floured surface (too much flour will turn out a dry tortilla
  5. Place each on a hot griddle, lightly brown on both sides (if tortillas are showing dark spots right away put the heat down a little)
  6. Cover tortillas as you cook them in a clean dishcloth. When cool, place in a plastic food storage bag to keep fresh. Tortillas will keep for 5 days in the fridge, make sure to keep storage bag sealed

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