My mamacita used to make homemade tortillas when we were growing up and my sister Diane and I would love to help her out. As soon as she had one done, I would snatch it up and spread some butter on it. Yum yum!
I asked my mom to make some tortillas so I could share the recipe with you on here. Enjoy!
Mom’s Homemade Tortillas
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. vegetable shortening
3/4 c. hot water (not boiling just very warm/hot)
** my mother does not measure as she makes the dough so these are guesstimates and may need to be adjusted as you make the dough**
Mix together all ingredients (except for the water). Slowly add the water and knead until you form dough consistency. The dough should be soft to the touch. Place in a bowl and put a moist towel over the top of the bowl to keep the dough from drying out. Let the dough sit for about 10 minutes and then knead again.
Pinch off some dough and form into what resembles a muffin top. My mother curls hers under but I can never get mine to form this way so I usually just make balls.
You want the tortillas to look like the photo below.