Print
How To make flour tortillas | Homemade Flour tortillas recipe

HOW TO MAKE FLOUR TORTILLAS RECIPE

Homemade Flour tortillas are more common in the northern states of México, where they are still made using a traditional recipe. This step by step tutorial and video will guide all the way in the process to enjoy soft and delicious flour tortillas made by you. You will love them!

Category dish type Basic Recipes, Breads
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 (10 IN)
Calories 147 kcal
Author Mely Martínez - Mexico in my Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour plus extra to form tortillas.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 Cup shortening or Lard
  • 1 cup hot water * See Note

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, place the flour, baking powder, salt, and mix. With the help of a fork, pastry blender or your hands, incorporate the shortening or lard until it resembles coarse meal.
  2. Slowly add the hot water a little at the time until the dough holds together. Do not add all the water at once. See note above.
  3. Turn dough onto a work surface, and knead for a couple of minutes until it is smooth.
  4. Divide the dough into 10 pieces rolling every piece on your work surface with the palm of your hand to form a little disk. We call these “testales”.
  5. Cover the “Testales” in a damped kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let the dough rest for 30-45 minutes.
  6. After the resting period, place an ungreased griddle/comal over medium heat. Grab your Rolling Pin to start forming the tortillas on a lightly floured surface. If you add too much flour to the surface your tortillas will be dry.
  7. To form the tortillas place the “testal” (ball of dough)onto the working area and press slightly with your hand, set the rolling pin at the center of the “testal” and press forward without making it to the edge and then press backward towards yourself stopping before the edge. Turn the tortilla 45 degrees (like a half turn) and repeat pressing forward and then towards you. Flip the tortilla and repeat the same process until you have a thin disk of about 10 inches. If you are new to rolling tortillas, be patient, it takes a little practice.
  8. Now, place the tortilla on your already hot Griddle or comal. This step is a really quick one: be careful with your timing. a) During the first 20 to 30 seconds, the tortilla starts forming air bubbles and light brown spots will show at the bottom side of the tortilla, b) turn the tortilla, and during the next 20 seconds, more air bubbles will continue to form. c) turn again; at this time the tortilla will puff up like in the picture above. This last step will take about 10 seconds. Remove the tortilla and wrap with a kitchen towel. Keep making the rest of the tortillas.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Add the water little by little to form the dough since in humid climates a slightly less amount of water will be needed.

Add the baking powder if you live at high altitudes. You can still make the flour tortillas without the baking powder, maybe they won't puff to much, but they will still come out fine.

The resting period will develop the gluten and forming the tortilla disks will be easier. Do not skip this step.

*Your comal/griddle should be hot enough so that when cooking the tortillas the spots are light brown; if they are dark brown too soon then the heat is too high, and if the tortillas take longer to cook then the heat is too low.

* To store the tortillas place them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

* To reheat the tortillas, place them in a hot griddle/comal and warm them the same way you cook them, turning twice. The air bubbles will form again but not as big as when they were just cooking.

Nutrition Facts
HOW TO MAKE FLOUR TORTILLAS RECIPE
Amount Per Serving (1 Tortilla)
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Potassium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Protein 3g 6%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 8.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.