How to Make Flour Tortillas Without Baking Powder

By Kenneth Coppens

Tortillas have been a staple in Mexican cuisine for thousands of years. Tortillas are used for a variety of foods, including tacos, tamales, burritos and tostadas. There are different ways to make tortillas, the traditional way being adding ground corn with lard and cooking it on a hot griddle. One of the most familiar types of tortillas used in the United States is the flour tortilla which can be made many different ways.

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Step 1

Combine four cups of flour, two teaspoons of salt and four teaspoons of olive oil in a mixing bowl. It is easiest to use your hands, but an electric mixer can be used as well.

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Step 2

Add 1/2 cup of milk to the flour mixture and mix it until thoroughly blended. Add another 1/2 cup of milk and mix it again, then add the final 1/2 cup of milk and mix well. This should make a large, sticky ball of dough.

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Step 3

Sprinkle flour on a clean, dry surface. Knead the dough on the floured surface for two minutes.

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Step 4

Put the dough back into the mixing bowl and cover it with a damp paper towel. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes.

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Step 5

Break the dough into 15 smaller balls of dough of equal size. Set the dough balls aside on a plate.

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Step 6

Sprinkle more flour onto your working surface. Place one dough ball on the surface and roll it out into a circular shape with the rolling pin. The tortilla should be about eight inches wide when completely rolled out. Put the tortilla aside on a plate.

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Step 7

Roll out the remaining dough balls so they are all the same size. Rub a thin layer of flour on top of each tortilla so they don't stick together.

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Step 8

Heat up a skillet to medium heat. Cook the tortillas one at a time for 20 seconds on each side.