• Mix unbleached flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

  • Add vegetable shortening or lard. Use a fork or a pastry cutter to cut in the shortening. The old fashioned way is to use your hands.

  • Next, add warm water a little at a time until dough is soft and not sticky. Do not use very hot water.

  • Knead the dough lighty.

  • Pull off pieces of dough to form 12 small balls. Let them rest for 5 minutes.

  • This is a good time to pre-heat the comal or cast iron griddle.
    Set it at a medium heat.

  • Now you can roll out the dough with your tortilla rolling pin or palote. It's a good idea to dust each ball with a little flour.

  • Lay the palote in the center of the dough ball and roll up, back to center and roll down. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn. Lay onto the hot comal for a few seconds. 

  • Flip over to other side. You should have some nice brown specks.


Place your homemade tortillas in a tortilla warmer or tortillera.

They are ready to eat. Delicious buttered with a favorite jam or honey! Enjoy making and eating homemade flour tortillas!

Flour Tortilla Recipe


3 cups unbleached flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
4 - 6 Tbsp. shortening
1 1/4 cups warm water