Flour Tortillas

  • Serves

    makes 16 6" or 8" Tortillas

When making these, remember that raw tortillas shrink a bit when they're cooked.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 12 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. lard


Step 1

Put flour, salt, and baking powder into a bowl and mix well. Work lard into flour mixture with your fingers until it resembles coarse meal. Add 1 1⁄2 cups warm water and stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead 15–20 times. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.

Step 2

To make 6" tortillas, divide dough into 16 balls and roll out on floured surface into 7" circles; to make 12" tortillas, divide dough into 8 balls and roll out into 13" circles.

Step 3

Heat a large dry cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot. Cook tortillas, one at a time, until blistered and charred in spots, 1 1⁄2–2 minutes per side. Wrap in a clean dish towel to keep warm.

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