Introduction: Speedy Flour Tortillas

About: A mechanical engineer working as a software developer with a passion for cooking, woodworking and electronics.

You found out on short notice that you'll be having guests tonight? You are hungry, but don't have a will to go shopping? You want soft and tasty tortillas without added preservatives?

Have no fear, a quick recipe is here!


  • 500 g of white all-purpose flour
  • 200 ml of hot (not boiling) water
  • 2.5 tsp. of salt
  • roughly 3 tbsp. of butter or pork fat (lard)

Step 1: Measure the Ingredients

Measure 500 g of all-purpose flour, 200 ml of hot water, 2.5 tsp. of salt and roughly 3 tbsp of butter or pork fat (lard). Butter was used here, but the lard ones tend to be softer. Water is better hot so the fat can be kneaded more easily with flour and water.

Step 2: Put All the Ingredients Into a Bowl

Since the water is hot, it's better to put the fat and water to the top so the fat can melt more quickly.

Step 3: Mix With Chopsticks or Wooden Spoon First

It's easier to clean the dough from the chopsticks then from the wooden spoon, but the wooden spoon will do.

When not mixed enough, the dough will be sticky. After some time mixing, it will feel dry.

Step 4: Start Kneading in the Bowl

When the dough seems dry, leave the chopsticks or wooden spoon and start kneading with your hand.

Soon it will start feeling wet again.

Step 5: Move the Dough to the Countertop

When the dough feels wet, transfer it to the countertop and continue kneading with both hands.

Step 6: Make a Ball, Move It to a Bowl and Cover It With Plastic Wrap

After 5 minutes of kneading, the dough will still to feel brittle, but form a ball, transfer it into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. The dough needs to rest for about 15 minutes.

Step 7: After Resting for 15 Minutes...

After resting for 15 minutes, the dough will become dramatically softer.

Step 8: Form a Cylinder and Cut Into 6-8 Pieces

Depending on the size of the pan, the dough can be divided into 6 bigger (recommended) or 8 smaller pieces.

Step 9: Flatten the Dough Piece

Press the dough piece with a palm of your hand and then flatten it further with a rolling pin. If you have tortilla press available, that would be even quicker and easier.

Step 10: Bake the Tortillas

The pan needs to be really hot to keep the moisture in, otherwise, tortillas will dry out and crack more easily. Recommended pan for this purpose is Indian roti pan, also known as tawa, as seen in the pictures, but any heavier pan will do.

Bake the tortilla on both sides until it gets dark spots. After 2 tortillas, you'll find the perfect timing.

While you're baking one tortilla, flatten the next one to save time.

Step 11: Enjoy Your Own Homemade Tortillas!

My favorite dipping sauce is dried homemade tabasco olive oil.

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