Homemade Flour Tortillas for Dummies

On a hot summer day or the coldest of winter, there’s one food you just can’t ever get enough of – homemade tortillas! Delightfully versatile, tortillas are delicious with just plain butter, dipped in salsa or queso or sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar for the sweets lover!

Tortillas are a staple in our house. Whether we’re having eggs, beans or beef, there’s nothing like a tortilla to turn simple into stupendous! Buying them at the store certainly gives you quite a large quantity that is relatively inexpensive and means less work for you – but once you try homemade, you’ll never want to go back!

While many traditional tortilla recipes use lard, it is somewhat costly, not incredibly healthy, and usually not something you have on-hand. With this recipe, you can replace lard with generic vegetable oil and milk, without sacrificing flavor! And it’s so simple! Another reason tortillas are perfect on any day, is creating them in your own home allows your children to be incorporated into the cooking process, which is fun for them, keeps them occupied, isn’t too messy, and let’s face it — who doesn’t love an extra hand or two in the kitchen?

I made these with my children this afternoon, and they came out great! Let’s get started!

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine:

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder;
  • Mix with a fork.

Now add:

  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil;
  • Use fingers to mix together.

Now add:

  • 3/4 c. warm milk;
  • Combine until large dough ball is formed.
  • Place in plastic wrap for 30 min.
  • Divide into same-sized balls, or have fun with it, and create large, medium, small, or other shapes!
  • Cover balls with a damp paper towel while preparing to cook.
  • .Roll out to desired size on a well-floured surface (use a well-floured rolling pin).
  • Put a griddle or cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat.
  • Place tortillas on griddle; cook until tortilla forms bubbles all over, flip and cook for approximately 30-40 seconds more, brown circles should be on both sides showing they are cooked.
  • Place cooked tortillas in a kitchen towel.


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