Homemade Flour Tortillas

prep time: 20 MINUTES

cook time: 16 MINUTES

total time: 36 MINUTES

Make these soft and warm tortillas for tacos, fajitas, or just spread on some butter. Yum!


  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (you can also use lard, shortening, or sliced butter)
  • 1 cup hot water



Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a stand mixer with dough hook, or large bowl if you are kneading by hand.


Mix dry ingredients until well combined. Add the oil or fat you are using.


Start the mixer on medium-low and slowly add water. Stop and scrape the bowl a few times while continuing to mix for a few minutes. Consistency should be smooth, not sticky or crumbly.


Roll into a ball and let sit for 10-15 minutes, covered with a towel. After that, split large ball in half and divide each smaller ball into eight portions - you will end up with 16 smaller taco-sized tortillas.


Make your dough balls and keep them covered with a kitchen towel so they don't dry out.


Heat a skillet on the stove over medium heat.


Roll out a ball of dough on a floured surface until it's thin and almost translucent. I find it easier to roll out from the middle of tortilla equally on each side to make a circle. Sometimes I'll also rotate the tortilla instead of the roller. You can, of course, also use a tortilla press.


Place on skillet and you'll notice tortilla bubble up. Let it cook for about a minute or a little less on each side. You want the tortilla to be a little brown while still staying soft but not burnt. If the tortilla is burning, turn down the heat a bit.


Transfer the cooked tortillas to a kitchen towel or warmer until dinner to keep warm. Enjoy!

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