Flour Tortillas

Although lard contains less saturated fat than butter and is a superior culinary fat and makes a tortilla true to its roots. If you choose authenticity, buy leaf lard (the hightest quality) and substitute it for the shortening.

Flour Tortillas
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 mins
Stand Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
46 mins
12 (6-inch) or 8 (8-inch) tortillas


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon shortening

  • ½ cup warm water


  1. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until mixture is combined. Gradually add the warm water, tossing dough until it can be gathered into a ball (if necessary, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Knead dough 15 to 20 times. Cover and let dough stand for 15 minutes.

  2. For 6-inch tortillas, divide dough into 12 portions; shape each portion into a ball. (For 8-inch tortillas, divide dough into eight portions; shape each portion into a ball.) On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to flatten each portion into a 6-inch (or 8-inch) circle. Stack the dough circles, separating them with sheets of waxed paper.

  3. Place tortillas, one at a time, on a medium-hot ungreased skillet or griddle. Cook tortilla for about 30 seconds or until puffy. Turn and cook for about 30 seconds more or until edges curl slightly. Wrap tortillas in foil to keep warm.


To freeze tortillas, stack them separated by sheets of waxed paper. Place the stack in a moistureproof and vaporproof resealable plastic freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw completely before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

89 Calories
2g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 117mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Protein 2g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 21mg 0%
Folate, total 36.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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