Homemade tortillas are surprisingly easy to whip up with just a rolling pin and basic ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. Once you taste a flaky, charred tortilla straight from the skillet, you won’t be able to go back to the store-bought version—we’re speaking from experience!
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- 6 serving(s)
- Total Time:
- 1 hr
- Step 1In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add hot water and oil and mix until dough starts to form, then knead with hands until dough forms a cohesive ball, about 30 seconds. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest 20 minutes.
- Step 2Divide dough into 6 equal pieces and roll each into a ball (keeping dough covered while working). On lightly floured surface, using rolling pin, roll each ball into 8-inch round, lightly dusting dough with flour as necessary. Stack tortillas between parchment paper.
- Step 3Heat large cast-iron skillet on medium. Add 1 tortilla to skillet and cook, pricking with fork to gently deflate if tortilla puffs up, until slightly charred in spots, 45 seconds to 1 minute per side (the first one may take longer to cook). Wrap in clean kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Step 4Use right away, or refrigerate in resealable bag up to 5 days.
GH TEST KITCHEN TIP: For more tender tortillas, try subbing butter or lard for the oil. After whisking together dry ingredients, use fingers to rub in 1/4 cup unsalted butter (cubed, at room temp) or 1/4 cup lard until coarse crumbs form. Add hot water and mix, proceeding with master recipe as directed.
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Joy (she/her) is the Assistant Food Editor on the food team, where she develops and tests recipes to ensure both deliciousness and accuracy before they appear in titles like Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Prevention, and Country Living. After graduating from UChicago with a major in political science, she made the (best) decision to pursue her passion for food by enrolling in pastry school and working at her dream NYC restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. Before joining the GH team, Joy assisted on cookbook and editorial shoots, ran an Instagram micro bakery, and worked as a freelance writer and developer with bylines appearing in Eater, Food52, Simply Recipes, Food Network, and more. Joy has a special place in her heart for croissants and tiramisu, and is always on the hunt for the next cafe to explore in the city (a journey that never ends!).