Chef John's Flour Tortillas

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Homemade tortillas are so much better that if you do decide to give these a try, be warned that you'll have a very hard time ever going back to the packaged option again.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 tortillas

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening

  • ½ cup hot water

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour for dusting

Directions

  1. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder together in a large bowl. Add vegetable shortening and work into flour mixture using a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.

  2. Form a well in the middle of flour mixture and mix in hot water. Work flour and water mixture together with a fork and transfer to a cutting board.

  3. Knead until a smooth, soft dough is formed, about 3 minutes. Add more flour if dough is too sticky.

  4. Place more flour on cutting board, cover dough with bowl, and let rest for 15 minutes.

  5. Cut ball of dough into eight equal parts and cover until needed.

  6. Roll out balls of dough either by hand or with a tortilla press.

  7. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place flattened tortilla in skillet and cook until it begins to bubble, about 1 minute. Flip tortilla over and cook for an additional minute. Flip again and cook for 1 more minute. Repeat with remaining dough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

171 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 171
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 3g
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 34mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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