Homemade Tortillas


In Stef Soto, Taco Queen, Stef’s favorite comfort food is a warm tortilla, dripping with melted butter. (Mine too!) Try making your own batch, then discuss the foods that most remind you of home.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening (I’ve also used margarine, and it works OK!)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water
  • *It’s not an ingredient exactly, but I highly recommend parchment paper as well.

  • Mix the flour, salt and shortening in a medium bowl.
  • Add water, starting with 1/2 cup and stir until dough forms. If the dough is dry and crumbly, add a little more water. If you go overboard and the dough gets sticky, add a little more flour.
  • Break off pieces of dough and roll into balls about the size of a golf ball. You should have about a dozen. Cover them with a towel and leave them to rest for 15-20 minutes.
  • Now for the fun part: Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and press into tortillas. Don’t have a nifty tortilla press? Not a big deal. It’s a little more work, but you can use a rolling pin—shoot for about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Warm the tortillas on a hot, shallow skillet, about 2-3 minutes on each side. I flip when golden brown spots start to appear.
  • Enjoy!