Thee Best Homemade Tortillas Recipe

Sherri MFP headshot Sherri here, the baby of the trio of sisters at Made From Pinterest and we are always so happy Jen let’s us come over and visit on her blog. Making and testing pins from Pinterest has become a passion of ours. We love all the memories we are making with our families and the things we are learning as we try all sorts of new things. Here is one of the newest I have added to my repertoire.

Homemade Tortillas - VCR's are to DVD players what store bought tortillas are to Homemade Tortillas. Once you try homemade, you will never want to go back.VCR’s are to DVD players what store bought tortillas are to Homemade Tortillas. But not just any homemade tortillas. If you want really great tortillas, this is the homemade tortillas recipe you are looking for. These tortillas are amazing. They are as good as what I get at my favorite restaurant. I was watching at said restaurant when they made my fresh tortilla. And I saw their secret. They stashed it away quickly when they saw that I noticed. They secreted it away like they were ashamed. But notice I did. Because it was a little bit shocking. It was…I am embarrassed to admit it…lard. That is the secret to amazing homemade tortillas. Lard, LARD, L-A-R-D. I figure if I type it over and over again, a little louder each time, it will help desensitize you after the initial shock. Hello, my name is Sherri from Made From Pinterest and I love the taste of lard in my tortillas. I am not kidding. Wow it makes a difference. Trust me, taste these compared to others, and you will get over it really fast.Homemade Tortillas - You will want to make a meal of just the tortillas, they are so good!This is actually not my first attempt at making tortillas. It has been something I have wanted to master for a while now. But my last attempt was a failure. An epic failure. Epic, EPIC, E-P-I-C failure. It all started because I could not sleep. It was 4:00 in the morning and I had finally given up and gotten out of bed. But then, what to do with myself that bright and early? Cooking is one of the ways I relax, so I decided to make breakfast for the kids before school. I figured they would enjoy the surprise of a hot, fresh breakfast on a busy school day morning. I decided to make breakfast burritos, because my son loves them, but we were out of tortillas. I had always wanted to learn how to make tortillas and this seemed as good a time as any. Yeah, 4 am is great time for culinary adventure. But, alas, cooking when you are half asleep, is not such a good idea. I decided to multitask. While one tortilla was cooking in the skillet, I was rolling out the next. Apparently I took to long to roll, because the fire alarm went off when the one in the pan started smoking. The next thing I knew the entire family was rushing to the kitchen, bleary eyed and panicked, to hear my explanation that everything is okay. It was just that I had burned the tortillas. It’s 4 am and you are making tortillas? To which I responded, “Yeah, well it sounds a lot weirder when you say it like that.”Homemade Tortillas - These taste great because they are made with lard. When you taste them, you will get over it. Nothing compares!But now that I have mastered it, I think I could make them in my sleep. It is not nearly as hard as it seemed at 4 am. And it is totally worth the effort. You might not even want to bother with all the toppings or fillings and just devour these yummy tortillas all on their own. They are even good with a little bit of melted butter and cinnamon sugar for breakfast. Or you could make breakfast burritos. But here is a great little tip. These can be made in advance, stored in a ziplock back and then warmed when needed. I put a tiny pat of LARD (get over it, it tastes soooooooo good!) in the pan and warm the tortilla on each side over medium low. Ready for filling. For lunch, after I flip it over, add a little grated cheese and then cover the pan lightly with a lid to melt the cheese and top with lettuce and fresh pico de gallo. Mmmm, lardy heaven!

Homemade Tortillas
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lard
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  1. Mix salt and flour together.
  2. Cut in lard with a pastry cutter, fork, or two knives until the mixture resembles crumb or meal.
  3. Stir in warm water with a fork until a dough forms. Lightly flour your surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 4 minutes.
  4. Divide into 6-8 balls, depending on how thick you like your tortillas.
  5. Roll out one ball at a time using just enough flour to prevent sticking. To keep them round, start at the center and work your way up, then center and down. Rotate the tortilla one quarter turn and roll center up and center down. Repeat rotating each time until you have your desired size and thickness.
  6. Heat pan over medium low to low heat. Cook tortilla about 45 seconds each side.
  7. Tortilla will bubble and puff and get brown spots. Wrap cooked tortillas in a kitchen towel to keep from drying out and keep warm.
  8. Store in a ziplock bag and refrigerate or freeze.
  9. To reheat, warm in pan over low heat about 30 seconds each side.
  10. To add extra flavor, spread a small pat of lard in the pan before heating tortilla. Delicious!

Click on any of these pictures to see one of the recipes on our site that would be perfect with these Homemade Tortillas! Crockpot Chicken Taco Bowls.  So easy!CrustosCafe Rio Sweet Pork Copycat Recipe Please come on over to MFP for a visit and see what fun things we are up to. You can also find us on PinterestFacebookTwitterInstagramStumbleUponHometalk Thanks Jen, for having us. It is always such a pleasure to visit!

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. I just found this, so, can shortening replace the lard? I know it won’t taste exactly the same. Also like the other post, NO baking powder? I guess it’s not that expensive to try it like the recipe is written, but just hate to waste.

  2. Sorry for the previous error. It was supposed to say baking powder not baking soda. Thank you in advance for your answer.

  3. You don’t have to put baking soda in the mix? I just started learning how to make tortillas also. Trying to find a recipe like my mom used to make.

  4. I am dieting. I saw this, and started to curse you for tempting me. Then I thought, “Who knows? Maybe I can work that into my daily calories!” I’ll have you know that if you make 8 tortillas out of the recipe, it only comes to 168 calories each! Lard and all! Totally worth it right??? Maybe I can still diet, but be happy again! LOL.

%d bloggers like this: