Flour Tortillas

Flour Tortillas
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16 tortillas Tortillas de Harina
Ingredients
  • 1 pound all-purpose flour or about 4 cups plus more to roll out tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening or lard
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
To Prepare
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and vegetable shortening with your hands, slowly incorporate the lukewarm water and mix until it can come together into a ball. Transfer to the counter and knead for about 2 to 4 minutes, until it is smooth like play dough.
  • Divide the dough into halves until you have 16 balls of dough. Place them on a floured sheet or board, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let them rest for 25 to 35 minutes.
  • Heat your comal or ungreased cast iron or non-stick skillet over low heat. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball with a floured rolling pin, rotating 5 or 6 times until you get a 7” round.
  • Place the tortilla on the already heated comal or skillet. You will hear a faint sizzle. After 40 to 50 seconds, when there are brown freckles on the bottom side and there are air bubbles puffed up all over the tortilla, flip over. Cook for 40 to 50 seconds more, until the other side is freckled and the tortilla puffs up even more, like pita bread.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound all-purpose flour or about 4 cups plus more to roll out tortillas
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening or lard
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
To Prepare
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and vegetable shortening with your hands, slowly incorporate the lukewarm water and mix until it can come together into a ball. Transfer to the counter and knead for about 2 to 4 minutes, until it is smooth like play dough.
  • Divide the dough into halves until you have 16 balls of dough. Place them on a floured sheet or board, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let them rest for 25 to 35 minutes.
  • Heat your comal or ungreased cast iron or non-stick skillet over low heat. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each ball with a floured rolling pin, rotating 5 or 6 times until you get a 7” round.
  • Place the tortilla on the already heated comal or skillet. You will hear a faint sizzle. After 40 to 50 seconds, when there are brown freckles on the bottom side and there are air bubbles puffed up all over the tortilla, flip over. Cook for 40 to 50 seconds more, until the other side is freckled and the tortilla puffs up even more, like pita bread.

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  1. It is always a special treat when I make flour tortillas. I would like to make them in advance for the Christmas Holidays. When is a good time to put them in the freezer? Rolled out, right before I cook them?

    1. You can freeze them made…just wrap them really well, and then reheat them on a hot comal or skillet. Have a Merry Christmas, Laura!

  2. Using a recipie for flour tortillas but slightly modified (not sure how) my mom would make Empanadas filled with gound beef,raisins and chili seasoning. That she slightly fried, not baked, on each side until golden. Soo yummy! Do you know a recipie for these empanadas? Or what modification she made so the dough was soft not crisp.

  3. Thank you Pati for cooking with manteca. It’s just the best. I am Cuban and we cooked everything with Manteca. So delish. Even the Cuban crackers. No substitute for this glorious taste.

  4. Hi Pati,
    Your other recipe for ‘Homemade Flour Tortillas’ calls for 1/2 cup lard while this recipe (and your video) calls for 2/3 cup lard. (Both recipes call for the same amount of flour.) So, 1/2 cup or 2/3 cup lard?
    Thank you!

  5. Thank you so much for this recipe and video! Can’t wait to try them? Do you have any advice on storing them? Do they keep in the fridge or freeze well?

    1. Thank YOU for trying the recipe, Jennifer. As soon as you make them, place them in a tortilla warmer or clean kitchen towel. If you will not eat them within the hour, wrap them in a plastic bag and refrigerate, and then reheat them on a hot comal or skillet. And yes you can freeze them…just wrap them really well.

  6. Part, I love your show!im looking for a very old fashion recipe for Mexican hot chocolate, I know there’s some kind of peppers and other ingredients but I can’t find the recipe for it, help would like it for the holidays, thank you so much!