Baseboard page divider
Alton Brown logo in grey font
Black x


A rolled up screen projector


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

Flour Tortillas

ACTIVE TIME: 45 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield: 8 tortillas
Four ingredients are all you need to whip up homemade flour tortillas for your next taco night.
Tip: The electric griddle is by far the best tool for cooking tortillas.
This recipe first appeared in Season 14 of Good Eats.
Photo by Lynne Calamia
Read More
Read Less


  • 9 ounces all-purpose flour, plus extra 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: 45 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield: 8 tortillas


  • Combine the flour and 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, about 30 seconds.
  • Sprinkle about 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, 2 to 3 minutes. 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, using your hands, form them into balls. Keep the dough balls covered with a tea towel. Roll each ball into a 7-inch round with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface.
  • Heat an electric nonstick griddle to 375ºF.
  • Put the tortillas, 2 to 3 at a time, on 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.
Baseboard page divider