Homemade Flour Tortillas

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I wish I was a good enough photographer to display to you just how wonderful these homemade tortillas are, but I’m not, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

While I may not be a great good decent photographer, I am a expert on Mexican foods.  Well, maybe just an expert on eating it, but that’s neither here nor there.  Just trust me when I say those tortillas you buy in the grocery store out of the little ziploc bags have nothing on making them yourself.

Even better?  They are so easy.

Really, all you do is combine flour, shortening, salt and warm water and mix with the dough attachment of your stand mixer.  Divide out your dough, and roll into 8-inch “rounds” (I use that term loosely, as my tortillas have a more “rustic” shape–as in, I can’t roll anything into a circle shape).  Cook the rounds in a skillet, over medium-high heat, until the dough begins to brown, turning once.

Serve with this or this.  Or filled with grilled steak, onions and peppers for fabulous fajitas:

homemade tortillas filled

Or just slathered with warm butter at midnight.  Not that I would know anything about that.

Homemade Flour Tortillas
Serves: makes 12 tortillas
  • 3½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup lard or solid vegetable shortening (I used shortening)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  1. In a large bowl, blend the flour and shortening until the mixture resembles fine meal.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the salt and the water. Using the dough hook attachment of a stand mixer, add water to the flour mixture, mixing until the liquid is incorporated. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes, or until smooth. If you don’t have a stand mixer, stir the liquid into the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, then knead by hand.
  3. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each into a ball.
  4. Roll the balls into 7 to 8 inch rounds, and cook on a griddle over medium-high heat until puffed and golden on both sides.
recipe from Mexican Made Easy


  1. Tracy

    Wow do these look amazing! I hate buying the grocery store version because I don’t like the way they taste. Will definitely have to try these!

    • Ashley

      These put the grocery store version to shame–I do use those when we’re in a rush, but now that I’ve had the homemade ones, I’m hardpressed to use the packaged ones if I don’t have to. You’ll have to let me know if you give these a try. Hope you love ’em!

    • Linda dear

      Can be frozen, although my mother made tortillas everyday, she also made us some to take with us when we were away.

  2. amy @ fearless homemaker

    they look awesome, ashley! i’ve never tried making homemade flour tortillas – what a fabulous idea. now you have me craving mexican. =)

    • Ashley

      You know me, Amy–I’m ALWAYS craving Mexican! =) These were surprisingly easy, and so very, very tasty!

  3. Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum

    You’re right about that -store bought tortillas have nothing on the homemade ones. They look great

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Megan. After making these a few times, I’m hard-pressed to go back to the packaged ones!

  4. beti

    I love to make flour tortillas! since my grandmother taught me I make them quite often, they are so easy and taste delicious

    • Ashley

      Great tip, Barbara. My little one would totally dig that (and quite frankly, I would, too)!

  5. BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced}

    YUM! I definitely need to give these a try. I attempted to make some a few years ago…I’m not sure what happened, but it was a total fail. You’ve inspired me to try again…I’ll use this recipe next time!! 🙂

    • Ashley

      BreAna, I think you’ll have great luck with this recipe – it was so, so easy (meaning even I could do it!). You’ll have to let me know if you try again and how they turn out!

  6. Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription

    I’m totally bookmarking and trying these. They look so good.

    FYI…my first impression of you when I was checking out your fb page is that you are a great photographer. I too am not a professional photographer by any means, and I have a fairly decent camera but not a dslr camera. I hope to upgrade now that I’m into food and photography. I’d love to also take a photography class once I do upgrade so I know what the heck to do with it.

    • Ashley

      Awww, Sherri, you’re so nice! Just don’t go back TOO far, or you’ll quickly see that I am, in fact, a horrible photographer! I’m just learning how to edit, ha ha!

  7. Bonny Lee

    I would have never thought to use a mixer to make these. The Mexican women (mothers of some of the students), who showed a Kindergarten Class how to make them, mixed the flour, salt, and water in a bowl with a spoon. They used just enough shortening, on their fingers, so the dough would not stick. After kneading a few times, they gave each Kindergartener a piece of dough and a short piece of dowel, for them to roll out their tortillas. After each one was cooked in a hot electric skillet, each student had a few choices of how to eat them. They were delicious, and so quick and easy to make. I haven’t bought any tortillas since this demonstration, in about 1974.

  8. Linda dear

    Can be frozen.although my mother made homemade tortillas everyday.she would make us some to take along with us when we were away.thaw, warm on griddle, fry pan.



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