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Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

Makes 12 6-inch tortillas.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Breads
Keyword: flatbread, Mexican food
Servings: 4 to 6
Author: Suzanne Cowden


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 generous tablespoons lard or vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup cold water


  • Toss flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • With clean fingers or a pastry blender, rub or cut the lard into the flour until well combined (if using vegetable oil, mix it with the water and add them together).
  • Drizzle water over the top and stir until dough begins to clump together. Press the mixture together and knead it into a supple dough.
  • Divide the dough into 12 evenly-sized pieces. Roll each one into a ball and flatten it with your fingers. Cover the balls of dough with plastic wrap and let them rest for about 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, heat a skillet or griddle over medium high heat (if you have an infrared thermometer, you're looking for around 400º F).
  • Using just enough flour to prevent sticking, roll rested dough into 6-inch circles with a rolling pin.
  • Cook tortillas on the preheated pan or griddle until they have deep golden brown spots on each side, about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side.
  • Cover finished tortillas with a clean towel or place them in a tortilla warmer until ready to serve.