Homemade Flour Tortillas
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Fresh delicious Homemade Flour Tortillas! A special treat and a fun way to take your burritos, quesadillas, and other Mexican favorites up a notch!
Serves: 16
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1½ -2 cups boiling water (It usually only takes 1½ cups when I make them, but this will depend on your elevation. Start with 1½ and add more if needed.)
  1. Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in your stand mixer, Bosch, or in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add the oil and mix well. (Using a stand mixer or Bosch is the easiest way to make these tortillas, especially because you will be adding boiling hot water. Use the paddle attachment.) If you don't have one you can carefully use a spoon or fork or your hand mixer.
  3. Once the oil is incorporated, add a cup and a half of boiling water and mix until it comes together like a dough. You don't want it to be sticky, but if it is still looking a little dry you can add a tbsp or two of water at a time until it gets a playdough-like consistency.
  4. Remove from mixer and divide into 16 even balls. To do this, sprinkle a little flour on a work surface and divide the dough in half, in half again, and again until you have 16 equal pieces.
  5. You can leave them on the surface and cover them with plastic wrap or you can put them inside a bag that has been lightly sprinkled with flour. Whichever you choose, they need to sit for 30 minutes before rolling them out.
  6. To cook a tortilla, first, roll it out (on a lightly floured surface) nice and thin. Each dough ball can roll out to the size of a 10-inch tortilla. Once you have it rolled out, place it on a heated griddle or frying pan (ungreased). I like to cook mine on medium-high.
  7. Tortillas need to cook for approx 1 minute on each side or until bubbles are forming and you can see little spots of browning on the bottom side of the tortilla. (See step-by-step pictures.)
  8. When the tortilla has been cooked on both sides, remove it from the griddle or frying pan and place it directly into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag or a tortilla warmer, if you have one.
  9. Serve warm with your favorite burrito toppings or as a side to any of your favorite Mexican dishes.
Recipe by Real Life Dinner at https://reallifedinner.com/homemade-flour-tortillas/