Thin and Tender Flour Tortillas Recipe

Lard-laden flour tortillas that are thin, tender, and flavorful. Joshua Bousel

Thin and semi-translucent thanks to plenty to lard, these flour tortillas are light and tender, with a mild yet delicious flavor. They're a perfect accompaniment to grilled and roasted meats and seafood like skirt steak, chicken, and shrimp, but we wouldn't be surprised if you also just ate a stack of them by themselves.

Why this recipe works:

  • Back lard gives these tortillas their mild yet delicious flavor.
  • Using both cold lard and cold water creates a more tender tortilla.
  • Cooking the tortillas very quickly in a hot cast iron skillet ensures maximum tenderness.

Note: Back lard is preferable for its very mild pork flavor, although more neutral tasting leaf lard or vegetable shortening can be substituted for great results. The tortillas are best eaten fresh and while still warm. They can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated individually in hot skillet or wrapped together in foil and placed in a warm oven.

For the best flour tortillas, choose your lard wisely.

Recipe Facts



Active: 20 mins
Total: 45 mins
Makes: 10 tortillas

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cold lard, preferably back lard (see note)
  • 3/4 cups cold water


  1. Place flour and salt in the workbowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse to combine. Add lard and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water and process until a cohesive dough forms.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth, about 1 minute. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough into 10 equal pieces; roll each piece of dough into a ball. Cover dough with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rest an additional 15 minutes.

  3. Heat cast iron skillet, griddle, or comal over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, place one ball of dough on a lightly floured work surface and pat down into a flat disc. Using a rolling pin, roll dough out to a very thin 8-inch round. Place dough in skillet and cook until bubbles form on top side and bottom side has light browned spots, 15-30 seconds. Flip tortilla and cook until second side develops light browned spots, 15-30 seconds longer. Transfer tortilla to a plate and cover with dish cloth. Repeat with remaining balls of dough. Serve immediately while still warm.

Special equipment

Food processor, rolling pin, cast iron skillet

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