Southwestern homemade flour tortillas are a simple but delicious twist on plain flour tortillas. They will quickly become a must-have on taco night!

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Homemade tortillas. The best thing ever, right? Of course I can’t be normal and post a recipe for plain flour or corn tortillas.

Nooooo….I add some of my favorite taco seasoning. (If you love that taco seasoning as much as I do, make sure to make a large batch of it!)

Adding taco seasoning to plain tortillas just so happens to be a very, very good choice. It gives them the perfect southwestern flavor, just right to make them a little different and more special than a plain tortilla.

And can I tell you how amazing they are as the vessel for cheese quesadillas?

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Tortillas are simple to make and you don’t even need a tortilla press to make them. It might make them prettier and more uniform but I love the rustic look. They are easy to roll out and perfectly delicious. Sure, I’d love a tortilla press but I have kitchen gadgets coming out of my ears already. 

Very close up view of four tortillas partially wrapped in woven cloth.

I don’t have a tortilla warmer either. Where do people keep all of these things? I line one of my Le Creuset pans with parchment paper to keep these tortillas nice and warm without getting soggy. I think it looks pretty, too. 

If you’re planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, make sure to add these to the menu along with some of the dishes listed below.

Enjoy! As you can see, E loves them!

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Southwestern style!

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Southwestern Homemade Tortillas

Yield: 12 tortillas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes

Southwestern homemade flour tortillas are a simple but delicious twist on plain flour tortillas. They will quickly become a must-have on taco night!

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled + extra for rolling as needed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup hot tap water

Instructions

  1. Add flour, salt, and taco seasoning to a large bowl. Mix together to combine.
  2. Add shortening to dry ingredients and mix together using your hands until it resembles coarse sand.
  3. Add the hot water and mix in with a fork. Knead for 5-10 minutes or until a smooth ball forms. Roll into a log and cut into 12 equal-ish portions. Place in a zip-top bag and let rest for 30 minutes, or up to two hours.
  4. Preheat a frying pan or a skillet over medium-high to medium heat. Roll out the dough into approximately 6 to 7-inch rounds. Fry the rounds for about 30-40 seconds on each side. They should puff up and become golden brown.
  5. Keep cooked tortillas in aluminum foil, a tortilla holder, or a Dutch oven until ready to fill and serve. This will keep them soft and warm.

Notes

  • To make unflavored tortillas, simply omit the taco seasoning.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

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Verdict: Love these. We love eating them plain, even. Preferably fresh and hot. They make great quesadillas, too!
Husband’s take: He loves these too. Such a great twist on the traditional.
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Easy!