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Course: Breads
Keyword: Cinco de Mayo, Flour Tortillas, Mexican, Tex-Mex

Flour Tortillas

ACTIVE TIME: 46 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 46 minutes
Yield: 8
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  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour, plus 1/4 cup for kneading and rolling
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup lard
  • 1/2 cup cool water

Specialized Hardware

  • Food processor
  • Electric nonstick griddle
ACTIVE TIME: 46 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 46 minutes
Yield: 8


  • Combine 9 ounces flour and the salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 2 to 3 times.
  • Add the lard to the flour mixture in 4 to 5 chunks and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, 10 to 15 pulses. With the processor running, add the water in a steady stream just until a ball of dough begins to form, approximately 30 seconds.
  • Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of flour on a clean surface. Remove the dough from the bowl of the processor and knead until well incorporated and less sticky. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Evenly divide the dough into 8 pieces and form them into balls. Roll each ball into 7-inch rounds with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. Keep all of the dough balls covered with a tea towel.
  • Heat an electric nonstick griddle to 375ºF.
  • Put the tortillas, 2 to 3 at a time, onto the griddle and cook until light golden, about 4 minutes per side. Can be held for up to 2 hours at room temperature wrapped in a barely damp tea towel. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. To reheat, microwave for 1 minute in the damp tea towel.
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