Now, usually, homemade anything is better than store-bought. Agreed?
But, is it better?
Not for me.
The same goes for homemade tortillas. Yes, they require a little bit of work and make a little mess, but they are so ridiculously good — you won’t even care.
Go ahead. Try them out once.
I’m betting, once you bite into your first hot, homemade, melt-in-your-mouth flour tortilla, you won’t be sorry. Or the second.
Or the third.
Homemade (Flour) Tortillas
Makes 14-16 large flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 cup lard (or vegetable shortening) plus 1-2 tbsp., as needed
1 cup hot water
In a large mixing bowl, combine both types of flour, baking powder and salt.
Drop 1/2 cup lard by the spoonfuls into flour mixture and, using a pastry cutter, your fingers or a fork, cut lard until it crumbles and is evenly dispersed in the flour. Slowly add the hot water and stir together until mixture sticks to itself. If not quite moist, add 1-2 more tbsp. lard, as needed. Knead, in the mixing bowl, for 3-5 minutes or until dough forms a ball and becomes less sticky. Cover bowl with tea towel and let rest for 1 hour.
Break the dough into 14-16 smaller pieces and roll the pieces into balls. Cover balls of dough for an additional 30 minutes.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Using a well-floured rolling pin, roll one dough ball at a time into a thin, round tortilla. Make sure the ball is rolled out to be very, very thin. Carefully place onto the hot skillet and cook until bubbly and golden, about 30-40 seconds. Flip the tortilla over and continue cooking until golden on the other side.
Wrap the cooked tortilla in a clean tea towel until ready to eat. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Serve immediately or, once completely cool, store in an air-tight bag or container. To warm, wrap in damp paper towel and microwave for 20-30 seconds or wrap in foil and warm in oven.