Flour tortillas

Flour tortillas
  • Serves icon Serves 8
  • Time icon Ready in 20 min

It’s easy to make your own flour tortillas. Just follow our failsafe recipe.


  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt into a bowl
  • 50g lard (at room temperature)
  • 150ml warm water


  1. Sift 225g plain flour, ½ tsp baking powder and ½ tsp salt into a bowl. Add 50g lard (at room temperature) and rub with your fingertips until thoroughly incorporated. Mix in 150ml warm water to make a slightly sticky dough. Knead for minutes on a lightly floured surface until smooth, then wrap in cling film and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and keep covered with cling film while you shape and cook each tortilla. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll it out into an 18cm disc.
  3. Heat a flat griddle or dry heavy-based frying pan over a high heat. Add the tortilla and flip
  4. it over as soon as little bubbles start to appear around the edge of the dough. Continue to cook for a few more seconds, pressing down on the tortilla with a fish slice as it starts to puff up, until it browns in patches underneath. Flip over one more time, cook for a few more seconds, then remove, wrap in a clean tea towel and set aside.
  5. It’s important not to cook tortillas for more than a few seconds on each side or they’ll become dry and brittle. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough.


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