In this instructable, I am going to show you how to make flour tortillas. This soft homemade flour tortilla recipe is really easy to make using very few ingredients. Homemade tortillas are so much better then the store bought ones. If I can make these, you can make them, let's get started. :)
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Step 1: Ingredients/Tools
- 3 cups of all-purpose or plain flour (360g)
- 2 tsp. of baking powder (10g)
- 1/2 tsp. of table salt (3g)
- 1/3 cup of shortening (or use lard, butter, or oil) (62g)
- 1 cup of hot water (filtered, unless your tap water tastes good) May need a few extra tablespoons of water. (250mL)
- rolling pin
- cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet (cast iron is best if you have it)
- paper towel
- damp cloth
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Step 2: Dry Ingredients
First lets whisk together our flour, baking powder, and salt.
Step 3: Add That Shortening
Now we add in our shortening (lard, oil, etc.) Using your hands blend together the shortening with the flour, until it resembles crumbs.
Step 4: Water and Kneading
Now we add water little by little, until the dough comes together. It will be a little sticky which is what we want. We will knead it in the bowl just until all the dough comes together. Then knead it on the table, counter, etc. WITHOUT flour, for 10 to 15 minutes. It is important to not add additional flour at this stage.
Step 5: Roll, Cut, Shape, Rest
Now we roll out the dough, and then cut it into 12 equal pieces. Next take some dough and roll it in your palms. Also there is a technique where you tuck the bottoms of the dough into each other, leaving the top of the ball smooth. Put the balls back in the bowl and then cover with a damp cloth, and the the dough rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Step 6: Roll, Cook, Flip, Layer
Now we roll out each piece of dough, in a rough circle shape, or whatever shape you want. It is okay to use a bit of extra flour now on your rolling pin and the surface. Roll it as thin as you can, about the thickness of a coin. Next heat up a skillet (cast iron works the best). Use medium-high heat. Once the pan heats up, place the tortilla on it. Wait until it bubbles up, then flip it over, then cook the other side for a minute or two. It doesn't take long to cook each one, 2 to 3 minutes total. Now place on a plate with damp paper towel. If you layer them with damp paper towel in between, it will help to keep each tortilla nice and soft.
Step 7: Serve Them Up!
Look how limber this tortilla is, you can fold it and it won't crack or rip! They usually turn out a little thicker then you might find at the store, and taste so much better then the store bought ones. Now eat them as is, or with bacon, eggs, hash browns, for a breakfast burrito, or do a classic burrito, quesadilla, or whatever you like! Enjoy! :)
Step 8: Video Tutorial
Now check out those steps in action by watching the short video tutorial. :)