Homemade Flour Tortillas made with only 4 ingredients you likely already have in your pantry! These are easy to make and taste far better than store-bought!
It has been more than 30 years since I made homemade flour tortillas. The last time I made homemade tortillas I was in 9th grade and we made them in my home economics class! I don’t know why I haven’t been making them all along because they are really simple to make and once you have homemade, store bought just doesn’t cut it.
It is as simple as flour, shortening, salt, and water!
Once you have brought the dough together with your pastry blender, your will pour in the water and stir to combine.
Turn out onto a board and form a ball of dough.
Divide into portions as instructed in recipe and let them rest.
I don’t have a tortilla press and don’t feel the need for one. These roll out nicely with a rolling pin and don’t rip or tear.
They only take a few minutes in a hot skillet and you have a fresh tortilla ready to eat!
These homemade flour tortillas were absolutely the best tortilla I have ever eaten. It is so hard to believe that just 4 ingredients can taste so delicious! I made chicken fajitas for our first time eating homemade tortillas and while I loved them, Grumpy wasn’t as happy. He was good with the tortilla, but not the filling.
I need to know, what recipe do you use for a fajita filling? These flour tortillas will definitely make future appearances at our kitchen table, but I would like to have some tried and true recipes for fillings. Please leave a comment or link in my comments section for ideas or suggestions!
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Author: Rick Bayless Recipe
- 2-3/4 cups all purpose flour, plus a little extra for rolling the tortillas
- 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup very warm tap water
- Combine flour and shortening in a large mixing bowl. Work the shortening in with your fingers until completely incorporated.
- Dissolve the salt in the water and pour about ⅔ cup of it over the dry ingredients. Immediately work it in with a fork. The dough will be in large clumps. If all the dry ingredients haven't been dampened, add the rest of the liquid.
- Scoop the dough onto your work surface and knead until smooth.Divide the dough into 12 portions and roll each into a ball. Set them on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and let rest at least 30 minutes.
- Heat an ungreased griddle over medium to medium-high heat.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out a portion of the dough into a 7-inch circle. Flatten a ball of dough, flour it, then roll forward and back across it, rotating a sixth of a turn and roll forward and back again. Continue until it is a 7 inch circle. Flour tortilla as needed while rolling.
- Lay the tortilla on the hot griddle. After 30-45 seconds, when brown splotches show underneath, flip it over. cook another 30-45 seconds more, until other side is browned. Do not overcook or the tortilla will become crisp.
- Remove and wrap in a cloth napkin. Repeat procedure with remaining tortillas and stack them on top of each other.
- Note, cook time is PER tortilla and is approximate. Go by the way it looks more than you go by time.
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