Authentic Mexican Tortillas

Authentic Mexican Tortillas


"I learned how to make these growing up watching my mother Alma. We have never used an actual recipe, but for your convenience I came up with one."


55 m servings 227 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  • Calories:
  • 227 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 13.1 g
  • 20%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.1g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 470 mg
  • 19%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Either by hand or with a pastry cutter, cut in the shortening till the mixture is crumbly. If the mixture looks more floury than crumbly, be sure to add just one or two more tablespoons of shortening till it is crumbly. Add about 3/4 cup hot water to the mixture, or just enough to make the ingredients look moist.
  2. With your hand or a large fork, knead the mixture making sure to rub the dough against the sides of the large mixing bowl to gather any clinging dough. If the dough still sticks to the side of the bowl, add a couple more tablespoons of flour until the dough forms a soft round shape. The dough is ready to roll out now, but it is best to let it rest. Cover it with a dish towel, and let it sit for about an hour or so.
  3. Take the dough, and pull it apart into 10 to 12 balls. Lightly flour your rolling area, and roll each ball with a rolling pin to about 1/8 inch thickness.
  4. Place each tortilla on a medium hot cast iron skillet. Cook for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until the tortilla does not look doughy.
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  1. 421 Ratings


I was just browsing in the Mexican section and found this recipe. I am Mexican and yes, as another reviewer suggested, lard is the best way to make them for "authentic" taste, but honestly, who...

I wanted to address the issue of the Tortillas going hard after being made. Being from Mexico, I've never seen a woman making toritillas without having a Kitchen towel folded over and stacking ...

Some people must think that 'authentic' means tastes like store bought. It does not. Last summer while my husband and I were in Old Town San Diego we bought tortillas from a lovely Hispanic woma...

I don't mean to be so blunt but the tortilla recipe submitted by Esther Nelson is much much better. i tried this recipe 3 times and this recipe did not work.

I love this recipe but I changed the ingredients up to make a healthier, vegan version. I used whole wheat flour, and instead of shortening I used grape seed oil. The results were awesome! My...

Ok, i understand all the reviews now about it being more flaky like a pie crust. I used another recipe similar to this,and the same thing happened. I think the error was in how thin we rolled it...

I read other peoples reviews and decided to use two tablespoons of shortening for every cup of flour. Mine turned out to be completely delicious!!!

I liked the recipe. It reminded me of my grandmas. The only things I had to change to make them like hers was to use 3T. Margarine and 1 tsp. salt. once I did that everything was great!! Thanks!

I should've read the reviews! This is not a very good recipe. Too salty. Too tough. Too much of my time spent on this project only to throw everything in the trash. I grew up eating homemad...