Familia Eats: Homemade Flour Tortillas

 flour tortillas de harina

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Homemade Flour Tortillas (Mexican style)

A classic staple in many Latino households, tortillas are a more than a tasty side, they’re also a great utensil for scooping mouthfuls of your favorite foods!  Whether you’re snacking on chorizo, waking up to a steaming plate of papa con huevo or making a taco with some left over brisket, tortillas are a much loved part of meal times.

Today, I’m sharing my family recipe for homemade flour tortillas!  I hope you enjoy them as much as our familia!


  • 3/4 pound (2-3/4 cups ) all purpose flour, plus a little extra for rolling the tortillas
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • about 3/4 cup hot tap water


  1. Rub vegetable shortening into the flour using your fingers to knead it. Put the salt in the water mix around a bit so it will dissolve into the water.
  2. Mix the water into the flour little by little until you form a stiff-like dough. Make sure there is hardly any powdery parts left, as in try to mix it all together. Add some flour to your counter top/table or hard/sturdy work station, add the dough on top of the flour surface and kneed it for about 10-15 minutes until it is elastic feeling and looking.
  3. Break the dough up into smaller pieces that look like round balls about slightly smaller than a tennis ball. Make sure to cover them up in a bowl with a cloth over it or some sort of cover so that it doesn’t dry up on you while you are making each individual tortilla. After all the dough has been rolled up into balls by, cover it all up and let it sit for about 20-25 minutes.
  4. After dough balls have sat for a while remove one at a time to work on. You will remove a ball and put it on the floured surface than you will need to use a rolling-pin available where Mexican stores or pizza shopping sections are located). Spread it out evenly and VERY thinly while making sure to keep the tortillas evenly round in shape.
  5. Start heating up your comal (pancake griddle). You can now add the tortillas-no more than 2 at a time so they will fit and not burn, make sure you set the heat down to medium. Cook the tortillas on each side for about 40-60 seconds until the tortilla starts to have ‘brown spots or hot air pockets **Caution those are VERY hot and the steam CAN burn you!**
  6. Take your tortillas out and place them in a tortillera (tortilla warmer or a very clean kitchen cloth to keep up the tortillas heat and softness.  A basket works nicely also.  Eat with your favorite meal or simply add butter for nice warm memories of your childhood.


ENJOY!!  ~Holly