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Traditional Flour Tortillas


Making Tortillas By Hand

Making tortillas by hand is authentic & easy. Mix the shortening into the flour with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Dissolve the salt in 1 cup of water; add the salt water to the flour mixture & mix with your hands to combine. Knead the dough 2-3 minutes until smooth; cover & let rest for 20 minutes. Continue as directed.

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  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water


Servings 12
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Step 1

1.Preheat griddle to medium-high.

2.Combine flour, shortening and salt in a food processor. Process until the mixture is crumbly.

3.Add warm water gradually to food processor, processing continually. Process until the mixture is smooth.

4.Divide the dough into 12 balls. Roll each ball into an 8-inch circle.

5.Cook tortillas a few at a time on hot griddle until dry, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.


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