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I have a confession to make. Are you ready? This is the first time I have made homemade tortillas! Okay, I feel much better. What a mistake that was to wait so long! The only time I have ever had fresh tortillas is at one of my favorite restaurants Costa Vida. I love the thick, chewy texture of them, but I just have never gotten around to making my own until now. I can’t say I will always make them fresh from now on, because the rolling part does take a little bit of time, but if I have time for fresh, I will not hesitate to make these again. I think this is a great recipe to have on hand! Try it & let me know how you like it!



Homemade Flour Tortillas

Servings 12 (7") Tortillas


  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp shortening
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3-3/4 cup very warm tap water


  • In a food processor or good blender, blend the flour, shortening & salt until the shortening is finely ground into the flour & there are no chunks. Pulse as necessary.
  • Slowly add water to running food processor until dough balls up & there are no dry parts. I ended up using the whole ¾ cup.
  • Empty dough onto a lightly floured surface & gently knead until it the dough is smooth. About 2 minutes.
  • Cut dough into 12 pieces, shape into balls, cover & let rest for 30 minutes.
  • Lightly dust work surface & rolling pin. Roll each ball as thin as you can into a circle. Repeat with each ball, lightly overlapping & covering the tortillas as you go.
  • Using a griddle at 400*F or a hot skillet, brown each side of the tortilla. About 45 seconds each. When it bubbles & puffs up, it's time to flip it over. Do not over-cook or they will be dry & crisp.


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