Homemade Flour Tortillas

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate
  • Yield: 10-16 tortillas 1x


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Cut the softened butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or fork until you have a crumb like texture similar to sand.
  3. Add the hot water to the mixture and stir well.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 2-3 minutes, adding just a little extra flour as needed. The dough should be soft and less sticky after kneading.
  5. Form the dough into a ball and place in a clean bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 45-60 minutes.
  6. Cut the dough into 10 balls for burrito sized tortillas or 16 balls for taco sized tortillas. Flatten the dough balls into circles with your hands. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into large circles on a floured surface. Roll the dough as thinly as possible while still being able to pick it up gently without tearing the dough.
  7. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla on each side for 30-45 seconds, until golden brown spots appear.
  8. Stack the cooked tortillas as you cook to keep them warm and moist and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Serve the tortillas warm with the taco or burrito fillings of your choice.

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