Homemade Tortillas

Jul 14, 2013 by

Start with a lot of flour.  5 cups to be exact.  You will need a really big bowl.


Add a little salt and stir into flour.

Next add shortening, lard or my preference, coconut oil.


Mix this into the flour/salt mixture.

I used my hands.  Mix it until the flour, salt & coconut oil crumbles.

If you have ever made homemade moon dough, this will be the consistency.

Slowly add the hot water (in little increments) until you reach your desired texture.

Your dough should be soft, but firm and definitely not sticky.

Again, almost like homemade play dough.


Now you should have a ball of dough.

It may appear smaller than you anticipated, but trust me, it will make a lot of tortillas.

You will knead and knead and knead the dough.


You can even let little hands help.


Next, you will cut small pieces off of the large ball of dough.


I tried pressing down without the rolling pin.

This does not work.

You will want to use a rolling pin.

You can now begin rolling and rolling and rolling.


Don’t get discouraged if it takes several times before you get it right.

You will want to roll the dough really really really thin!


I used a knife to cut the circle.

It really doesn’t need to be perfect or pretty.

Place the tortilla in a non-stick pan.

You do not need butter or oil.

The dough will change from a cream color to more of a whiter color.

Turn it and cook the other side.


You are done!

Stuff with cheese, salsa and avocado.



This recipe is compliments of a good friend of mine, Jessie Romney.  She is the master of many recipes, some original and others she has adapted and created mouth-watering, irresistible desserts and meals.  Coming from the view of a vegetarian, even her meat dishes looked tempting.  Her husband grew up in Mexico.  He gives this recipe a thumbs up.  To view this recipe and many other yummy recipes on her blog go to www.foodbringsfamiliestogether.blogspot.com


Homemade Flour Tortillas
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 cups very hot water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ cup shortening, lard or coconut oil
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. I use a whisk for mixing.
  2. Next, add the coconut oil to the flour mixture. It is easier to use your hands for this part. Mix well until the mixture has a crumbly consistency.
  3. Slowly add the water in small increments until the dough becomes soft, but firm, not sticky.
  4. Continue to knead the dough.
  5. Cut the dough into small balls.
  6. With a rolling pin, roll into the shape of a very thin circle.
  7. Cook and enjoy.

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