How to make Tortillas from scratch

It's so easy I should have done this years ago

It's been decades since I’ve had a homemade tortilla like my grandma used to make, and it’s always been something I wanted to try on my own! So I decided to call up old family members for recipes so I could learn how to make tortillas from scratch. give it a try! Thanks to a recent trip to Northgate Market I was inspired to give it a try. They had all the ingredients and fun tools I needed. A big part of me making these tortillas was to enjoy some time with my daughter Sunny while teaching her some life skills and passing on some of our culture. Being stuck at home in quarantine due to covid 19 has given us time to do little cooking projects like this.

Here is the recipe I used to make the tortillas. Yes I'm aware there are many ways to make them this was just one that worked for me and closest followed the family recipe which itself was vague and required non-standard measurements.


3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons salt

¾ cup of lard

¾ cup of hot water


Directions: Combine flour, baking powder, salt and lard until well mixed and crumbly. Add water until moist. Knead dough until it’s all one big ball and nothing clings to the bowl or kneading surface. Let it rest for one hour. Pull dough and make 12 or so balls. I used a $10 wooden tortilla press and it worked so well!! Place raw tortilla in a medium hot cast iron skillet and cook one to two minutes on each side.


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