For the longest time I thought making my own tortillas would be hard but guess what? It’s extremely easy and only takes a few ingredients. Not only do they taste much better than store-bought tortillas, but they are extremely cheap to make using only three ingredients, well four, if you count water! The one thing that sets homemade flour tortillas apart from store-bought? The use of lard.
Vegetable oil or vegetable shortening can be substituted for lard if needed as a substitute or to make it vegetarian, but I really recommend using lard, which is authentic in Mexican cooking. It adds a ton of rich flavor to the tortillas, and the balance of the fat keeps the tortillas flakey and tender.
You can definitely tell when restaurants use lard in their tortillas versus using a substitute like vegetable oil. Instead of searching grocery stores and butcher shops for lard I’d recommend cooking up some bacon and using the rendered fat.
Cooking one pound of thick-cut bacon should yield enough fat for one recipe of flour tortillas. Just let it set until it solidifies – this will allow any impurities to sink to the bottom.
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