How to Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch

This weekend we celebrated my good friend Cory’s 30th birthday and I was blown away by the delicious spread his amazing wife, Christina, had prepared – homemade green chili, smoked pork, beans and my absolute favorite, flour tortillas. When I say my absolute favorite, I mean it, but they must be homemade. Store bought, I’m sorry, but you have no place in my heart…or belly.

I shared on my Instagram story her making them and had a few recipe requests, so here it is!


  • 4 cups regular flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp shortening
  • warm water


  1. Mix dry ingredients with a spoon
  2. Add shortening and mix in with fingers
  3. Add warm water in small increments, feeling for the right doughy consistency
  4. If you have a stand mixer with a hook, use that to knead the dough. We used this one here. (coat mixing bowl with shortening so it doesn’t stick) If not, knead with your hands on the counter the old fashion way
  5. Let the dough rest while you heat up a non-stick griddle pan to medium/high heat. The pan should be flat like this one here.
  6. Now it’s time to separate the dough and roll out the tortillas. First, make sure you clean off some counter space and cover with a little dry flour, because this is where you will be doing the rolling and don’t want the dough to stick. Wet your hands a little, and grab a handful sized piece, roll into a ball with your hands, and then roll out into a circle using a rolling pin, similar to this one here. Shapes will vary, trust me. haha
  7. Place the flattened tortilla on the griddle, flipping every couple of minutes to ensure both sides are thoroughly cooked. You’ll know, because it will no longer be doughy and you will start to see the brown spots.
  8. Now you can eat them with tacos, just butter for a snack, or butter and cinnamon sugar for dessert!

More about Christina: She is a beautiful person, that I am lucky enough to call my friend, military spouse, boy mom, saint and one of the best Mexican cooks you’ll ever meet! Check out her at home Rodan & Fields biz here.

Now get to cooking!



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  • Reply Annie

    Oh cool! I’ve never thought to make my own tortillas!

    April 25, 2017 at 9:58 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      you should! It’s actually not that hard and they taste so much better 🙂

      April 26, 2017 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Apryl @ heart, hope, & hustle

    I’ve always wondered how to do this and never found a recipe I thought j could actually handle haha (I’m a rookie cook). This looks like my style! Thank you for sharing!

    April 26, 2017 at 12:34 am
    • Reply Stephanie

      oh good! I hope it works for ya 🙂

      April 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Madison

    These look so fun to make! I have always wanted to try this. Pinning!

    April 26, 2017 at 4:07 am
    • Reply Stephanie

      they really are! thanks so much Madison!

      April 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Alexandra

    I have all the ingredients! Screenshoting this right now. Thank you Stephanie 🙂

    April 26, 2017 at 9:33 am
    • Reply Stephanie

      yay!! Hope you enjoy Alexandra 🙂

      April 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Holly

    This looks like such a great recipe to try with kids!!!

    April 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      agreed! I’m sure they’d love help rolling the dough

      April 26, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Jess

    I love a good tortilla recipe, I’ve never used shortening though.

    April 26, 2017 at 6:50 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      I think it makes all the difference in taste, you should try it!

      April 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    I love flour tortillas!! I really like them but I don´t really like the store-bought ones. Sadly, you could say I´m a bit lazy since I never bothered to actually look for a recipe and instead, just stopped purchasing them. So, THANK YOU SO MUCH for this recipe! You just made my life easier 🙂 (and tastier) =D

    April 26, 2017 at 11:14 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      haha you’re welcome so much!! I hope you enjoy 🙂

      April 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply ellie

    this is great! I haven’t tried to make tortillas myself but anything I can make from scratch and not buy store bought is great for me! Thanks for the recipe! Definitely going to be trying this one out!

    Ellie |

    April 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      I completely agree! thanks for stopping by 🙂

      April 27, 2017 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Meehandering

    I have never thought to make my own tortillas, this is such an awesome idea/recipe. How did you think of this?!


    April 28, 2017 at 3:07 pm
    • Reply Stephanie

      I didnt! haha My good friend made them and taught me how 🙂

      April 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm

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