Homemade Tortillas

How to make tortillas

I have had it up to *here* with store-bought tortillas.

Homemade Tortillas recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Now, usually, homemade anything is better than store-bought.  Agreed?

Sure, it’s easier to just drop a box of croutons or a bag of bagels into your cart at the store — or that jar of Alfredo sauce that’s on sale…

Homemade Tortillas recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Homemade Tortillas recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

But, is it better?

Not for me.

Homemade Tortillas recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef
Homemade Tortillas recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

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.

Homemade Tortillas recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

Go ahead.  Try them out once.

Homemade Tortillas recipe by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

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.

Watch me make this recipe!

Homemade Tortillas
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These homemade tortillas are to-die-for-delicious. Please try them - you won't regret it!
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 15
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 2½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ cup lard (or vegetable shortening) plus 1-2 tbsp., as needed
  • 1 cup hot water
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine both types of flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Drop ½ 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Break the dough into 14-16 smaller pieces and roll the pieces into balls. Cover balls of dough for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. Wrap the cooked tortilla in a clean tea towel until ready to eat. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. 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.




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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

21 comments… add one

  1. Grishma September 19, 2011, 9:37 am

    Perfect n soo fresh! There is nothing like homemade tortillas :) Thanks for the recipe. Would love to try it.

  2. Samantha September 20, 2011, 8:25 am

    Thank you for this home made tortillas recipe.I would like to try make this.Homemade is really good.

  3. Megan September 20, 2011, 8:42 am

    I have made these before (not with your recipe and I bet they will be even better!) but the problem that I had was getting my very thin tortilla safely to the pan without folding and overlapping during the trip. Any ideas? They are so amazing but was frustrating because of my lack of coordination, maybe?

    Thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to try them!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef September 24, 2011, 10:36 pm

      Well, Megan, it could be a lack of coordination ;)

      What about using a well-floured pliable cutting board and just sliding them right off onto the pan? Or, just keep the tortillas a little thicker.

      1. Megan September 25, 2011, 1:59 pm

        Thank you! They are amazing – really! As I can’t have yeast, I made these instead of flat bread and since I have to make them thicker, yes, because of my lack of coordination, they tasted just like flat bread. YUM!

    2. Jep February 18, 2012, 12:48 pm

      Try to gently roll the tortilla around your rolling pin and then unroll into the pan. I use this trick with pastry dough all the time, but it could work with tortillas as well.

  4. Berna September 21, 2011, 11:23 am

    Thank you for this homemade tortillas recipe. I will surely try this.

  5. Arabella September 24, 2011, 6:09 pm

    sweet pea, your tortillas are beautiful and I bet they taste even better. :)

  6. Bridie February 21, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Sounds delicious!
    Is there oil in the skillet??

  7. Tracee February 29, 2012, 6:10 am

    There is nothing better than the tortillas at Chuy’s. I miss Austin so much! We’ll be back in April to visit family and Chuy’s and The County Line are on our radar…

  8. Robin March 27, 2012, 11:56 am

    Any thoughts about turning this into a whole wheat tortilla? Could you substiture Whole wheat flour for the AP to get more fiber and whole grain??

  9. Joy July 11, 2012, 11:11 pm

    Had to tell you how big a fan my family is of this recipe. We will never buy store bought tortillas again. These are on our table at least once a week! Thanks so much for sharing such an amazing recipe!!

  10. Porky September 1, 2012, 4:30 pm

    We have found out don’t get in a hurry, let them rest when you form the small balls, and you can get them rolled so thin you can almost read a newspaper through them. Also makes them very pliable. Have to try your recipe instead of our old timer one.

  11. Emilio February 15, 2013, 10:14 am

    I used coconut oil rather than lard, and to cut time in time for my dinner I only let them sit for 1/2 hour. They were delicious! The rolling pin didn’t work too well for me so after a few swipes with it I just hand pressed them out. The thinner the better! Mine weren’t quite as pretty, but they sure were good! Thanks!

  12. Maggie February 18, 2013, 10:24 am

    I can’t wait to try these, I’m sure my kids will love them. =)

    Thank you for sharing!

  13. Eli February 19, 2013, 10:37 pm

    Great recipe but try substituting the bread flour with Self Rising Flour and minus the Baking Powder…same great taste and results! ;-)

  14. kvb September 8, 2014, 12:36 pm

    great detailed recipe! thank you so much. I used butter instead of lard, turned out kind of oily but really soft and delicious. Will try using coconut oil next time. Thanks!!

    1. Lacey Baier September 9, 2014, 8:16 pm

      You’re very welcome! Interesting idea to use coconut oil :)


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