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No Lard - No Shortening Flour Tortilla Shells

It's easy to make your own flour tortillas! And this recipe uses no lard or shortening! It makes the best tortillas I've tried to make.

Texas Flour Tortillas

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
3/4 cups of warm milk

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Stir in oil.
Slowly add warm milk.
Stir until a loose, sticky ball is formed.

Knead for two minutes on a floured surface. Dough should be firm and soft.
Place dough in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap for 20 minutes and let rest.

Divide into eight sections, rolling them into balls. Place on a plate (make sure they aren’t touching) and cover with damp cloth or plastic wrap for 10 minutes.

One at a time place a dough ball on a floured surface, pat it out into a four-inch circle, and then roll with a rolling pin from the center until it’s thin and about eight inches in diameter. Don’t over work the dough, or it’ll be stiff.
Keep rolled-out tortillas covered until ready to cook.

In a dry iron skillet or griddle, cook the tortilla about thirty seconds on each side. It should start to puff a bit when it’s done.

Keep cooked tortillas covered wrapped in a napkin until ready to eat.

Can be reheated in a dry iron skillet, on griddle or in the oven wrapped in foil.

Store in the fridge tightly wrapped in foil or plastic for a day or so.

Makes eight tortillas.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I will try these since they are low fat.

  2. Love this recipe! My kids said it was better than the last recipe I tried!

  3. Frugalhayman thanks for stopping by! I'm glad the recipe met your kids approval.