Homemade Flour Tortillas

This recipe is easy to assemble, but takes some time to shape and cook.  Don’t let that stop you, though.  Homemade tortillas are the best!


4 cups     all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp   salt
½ cup     shortening or lard
about 1 ½  cups of water


Measure all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well combined.  Add the water and stir.  Pour out onto a floured board and knead the dough until smooth and easy to stretch.  Form the dough into balls about 1 ½ to 2-inches in diameter, cover with a cloth and let rest for about 15-20 minutes.  Roll the dough out into thin circles.  Cook in a medium-hot skillet (iron is best) or griddle until the tortillas begin to bubble and get lightly-browned.  Turn and cook until the other side is also lightly-browned. Remove tortilla from the skillet and stack on a plate.