Since I couldn’t find tortillas in the grocery store made 
without partially hydrogenated oils, 
I’ve been on a search for a tortilla recipe. 
One that does NOT include shortening. 
I’ve made them using butter, using oil, 
and using a combination of the two.
Finally!  I’ve found a recipe that has the right ingredients and consistency. The final product is a chewy tortilla with great flavor. Mmm, perfect!

Homemade Tortillas

4 cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 tsp Salt
2-3 T Lard or Butter
3/4 cup Warm Water

Add all ingredients except for the warm water into a mixer bowl.  Mix to combine.  Slowly add water until a ball of dough is formed.  Cover and let dough rest 30 minutes.

Divide dough into golf ball sized rounds.  Heat skillet to medium.  Press dough in tortilla press and transfer to skillet.  Cook for less than one minute on each side.  Keep cooked tortillas wrapped in a towel or in a tortilla warmer until ready to serve.

No rolling here! No sirree!

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. 
My tortilla press!


Some are made from wood, aluminum, plastic, or cast iron.  
Cast iron is by far the most durable.
I found my tortilla press HERE.

To get started, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder in a mixer. Add the lard and mix until it’s crumbly. Add the warm water and mix until a ball of dough is formed.

Cover and refrigerate for about 30 min.

Divide into balls.


I bought the press made of cast iron. It costs a little more but is very strong.

Here she is naked.

The plating on the press leaves dark spots on my dough so I wrap parchment paper around the bottom

and top the dough with another sheet before I drop the press.

Plunk it down

Press with handle


Pop it into a hot pan for a few seconds.  Flip and cook for a few more seconds until brown.
Chewy, warm, and delicious!

I haven’t tried yet, but I’m sure the tortilla press would also be a perfect tool to make perfectly round wonton wrappers or mini pie crusts for individual tarts or pot pies.



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6 Responses

  1. These tortillas look identical to the ones I make! I use lard, as well- it's a New Mexico family recipe. I don't like thin tortillas. Give me thick plump ones that look just like yours. I had to laugh at the scorch marks- back home, they weren't done unless you had them! Mine get rolled out with a small rolling pin made from a broom handle, though. It was a gift from my grandmother who used it to make her tortillas. 🙂 Sue

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