Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

Servings 12 Tortillas
Prep Time


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup shortening or lard
  • 1 ¼ cups hot water


  1. In a food processor, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Add shortening ½ teaspoon at a time, pulsing the mixture together until combined but not overmixed.
  3. Slowly add the hot water and pulse until a sticky dough forms.
  4. Turn wet dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 10-12 equal parts.
  5. Lightly flour the dough and roll into balls; gently press to flatten them slightly.
  6. Cover with a damp (not wet) tea cloth or linen and rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough balls until they are about the thickness of a penny.
  8. Heat a skillet or sauté pan to medium-high heat. One at a time, place tortillas in the pan and cook for 30-45 seconds. Flip and cook for another 30 seconds. Repeat with remaining tortillas.