Homemade Flour Tortillas + Video

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Homemade Flour Tortillas are soft and tender and only require five ingredients.

These flour tortillas go perfect with any Mexican dish or served warm slathered with a bit of butter. 

A stack of Homemade Flour Tortillas on a plate lined with a cloth

When my grandma passed away in 2004, my mom asked me if I wanted something that reminded me of my grandma. I remember thinking; all I want is one of the two rolling pins she used to make her legendary flour tortillas.

Palote testales bolitas dough to make flour tortillas

I called my mom a few weeks after her passing and asked if anyone had asked for them. It turned out my sister had asked for one of her rolling pins too and my uncle Carlos had the other one. However, he was more than happy to give it to me. I took that as a sign that her rolling pin was meant to be mine.

Mother and daughter hands making homemade flour tortillas with a small wooden rolling pin

It’s that beautiful, old wooden rolling pin (similar to this rolling pin) that is displayed in my kitchen—that same rolling pin that sparked the idea to gather our family’s recipes and stories for my children.

One tortilla, a small wooden rolling pin and eight testales bolts balls of dough on a wooden board

Her rolling pin continues to inspire me to cook and write down recipes handed down from my mother and grandma, and encourages me to create some of my own recipes.

Grandma's hands rolling a flour tortilla on a wooden cutting board

Making this video with my mom of her making homemade flour tortillas using the same rolling pin transported me to my childhood.

Yvette Marquez as a little girl eating a homemade flour tortilla with grandma and cousin Brenda

My cousin Brenda and I snuggled with our grandma Jesusita. I’m the one on the right eating a homemade flour tortilla.

I felt like a little girl again and couldn’t resist sneaking a fresh warm tortilla when my mom wasn’t looking just like I used to do when my grandma would make them.

My favorite way to eat a fresh warm tortilla is with a roasted chile, lightly salted, and rolled into one perfect spicy burrito.

Flour Tortilla Ingredients

To make this flour tortilla recipe, you will need five simple ingredients (amounts included in the recipe below):

  • Flour: I made this recipe with standard all-purpose white flour. I have not tested it with whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour, but if you do, I’d love to hear from you. 
  • Lard: Lard works best in this homemade flour tortilla recipe, but you can substitute with vegetable shortening. 
  • Baking Powder: To give these tortillas a bit of lift.
  • Table salt: No need for fancy salt. Table salt is essential to enhance the delicious flavors.
  • Warm water: No special temperature required it should just be warm (not lukewarm or very hot).

Tools to Make Flour tortillas

How to Make Flour tortillas

Here is a brief overview of how to make flour tortillas (detailed instructions included in the recipe below):

  1. Place a comal (griddle or cast-iron skillet) over medium heat and allow it to heat up.
  2. In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Add the lard or shortening and combine until you have the consistency of small crumbs.
  3. Add the warm water and mix well with your hand. The mixture may be a little sticky. Knead on a cutting board or smooth counter until dough is pliable and springy. Sprinkle with flour if the dough is too sticky.
  4. Form 2 to 2½-inch dough balls. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough balls to form 7 to 8-inch disks. If the dough is sticky, sprinkle board and rolling pin with flour to make it easier to roll out the dough.
  5. As you roll out each disk, place on the hot comal to cook, it will take 1 minute or less on each side. After cooking the first side, turn tortilla over and let it cook on the opposite side; when tortilla starts to form air pockets press down gently on it with a wooden tortilla press or rolled up a kitchen towel (like Grandma did) to release the air. Don’t press too much, or it will make tough tortillas.
  6. Keep the tortillas warm in a tortilla warmer or under a clean dish towel while you make the rest.

Homemade Tortilla FAQs

Here are a few answers to some of the most-asked questions about making flour tortillas:

  • Just 1 tablespoon of lard? Yes! My mom tested this recipe many times and that is all she used. If you feel you’d like to add more lard, feel free to add more.
  • You don’t let them sit and rise before rolling the masa out? No. Being that there is no yeast in this dough, there is no need to let the dough rest.
  • Can I use vegetable oil or olive oil instead of lard? My grandma and mother always used lard or shortening. This recipe has not been tested with oil.

How to Store Homemade Tortillas

  • Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat.
  • Keep tortillas warm and covered. Wrap tortillas in a dish towel to keep them warm.
  • I recommend storing leftovers in a ziplock bag (with the excess air pressed out) in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 days. 

Favorite dishes served with flour tortillas

Did you make this recipe? Rate the recipe and leave me a comment to let me know how it turned out!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

This flour tortilla recipe is very easy, and if you've never tasted homemade flour tortillas before, you should really give this a try. When you compare these light and delicious tortillas to store-bought, there really is no comparison.My grandma made the best homemade flour tortillas. It was a way to nourish her family and continue a tradition.
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place a comal (griddle or cast-iron skillet) over medium heat and allow it to heat up.
  • In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Add the lard or shortening and combine until you have the consistency of small crumbs.
  • Add the warm water and mix well with your hand. The mixture may be a little sticky. Knead on a cutting board or smooth counter until dough is pliable and springy. Sprinkle with flour if the dough is too sticky.
  • Form 2 to 2½-inch dough balls. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough balls to form 7 to 8-inch disks. If the dough is sticky, sprinkle board and rolling pin with flour to make it easier to roll out the dough.
  • As you roll out each disk, place on the hot comal to cook, it will take 1 minute or less on each side. After cooking the first side, turn tortilla over and let it cook on the opposite side; when tortilla starts to form air pockets press down gently on it with a wooden tortilla press or rolled up a kitchen towel (like Grandma did) to release the air. Don’t press too much, or it will make tough tortillas.
  • Keep the tortillas warm in a tortilla warmer or under a clean dish towel while you make the rest.

Video

Notes

How to serve: Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat.
How to store tortillas: Keep tortillas warm and covered. Wrap tortillas in a dish towel to keep them warm.
Storage instructions: I recommend storing leftovers in a ziplock bag (with the excess air pressed out) in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 203mg, Potassium: 64mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 2mg

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Photos by Jeanine Thurston / Video by Pure Cinematography

Originally published: November 2013. This recipe is also published in the Muy Bueno cookbook.

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