How to make it

  • Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Add the shortening or lard. Use your clean hands to cut in the shortening or lard.
  • Add warm water a little at a time until your dough is not sticky. Knead the dough for a few minutes.
  • Pull off equal sized pieces to make about 12 small dough balls. Let them rest for about 15 minutes or longer.
  • While dough is resting, heat up the pan. A cast iron skillet works well, or you can buy a comal. This is like a skillet but with low sides. For you cooks that like it authentic, comals are made for cooking tortillas.
  • Heat the pan at medium heat. You don't want the tortillas to cook too fast.
  • Roll the dough out with your smallest rolling pin, or a palote if you have one. Dust each dough ball with a little flour just before you roll it out.
  • Lay the rolling pin in the center of the dough ball and roll up and out from all sides. Keep doing that until you get it to a good round shape and fairly thin(about 1/8" or less).
  • Lay your tortilla on the hot pan. After just about 10-15 seconds, flip to the other side for a few seconds more. When they are done they should have lots of little brown spots.
  • Stack and cover them one-by-one in a clean towel as you cook them. Or you can use a tortilla warmer to keep them warm. They are now ready to be eaten

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    " It was excellent "
    tuilelaith ate it and said...
    It almost identical to the one I have out here. I love to make my own too! I learned in New Mexico from a little, grumpy, old Indian Lady. And I still can not flip them in the air to help flatten them. sigh I will just keep trying!!! Thanks for the post. I love when memories like this get triggered!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    m2googee ate it and said...
    Thanks for a great post! You have my 5!
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    " It was excellent "
    joe1155 ate it and said...
    This is so simple! Who would have thought it could be so easy. Thanks for posting.
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