Traditional Mexican Food In the Heart of Old Town San Diego


Famous Handmade Tortilla Recipe…Thanks for the request to re-post Cheryl. Enjoy!

Famous Handmade Flour Tortillas

Makes about a dozen tortillas

3 Cups (24 oz)  Unbleached Flour

½ Tablespoon   Salt

3 oz   Manteca or Vegetable Shortening

1 cup (8 oz)   Room Temperature water

1/2 cup (4 oz)  Extra Flour for sprinkling

Making homemade tortillas is fun and there’s very little kitchen equipment needed. After a few times, you’ll have these steps down to memory.

Mix Flour and Salt together in a bowl (except for the extra flour).

Mix in the Manteca or Vegetable Shortening By Hand

Mix in the water a little bit at a time until the dough is soft and sticky.

Kneed the dough for a bit and make about 18 small dough balls.

Heat up the griddle or frying pan. Make it medium to high temperature.

Sprinkle some flour (about one teaspoon) on a cutting board.

Break out the rolling pin and get a dough ball.

Put the dough ball on top of the sprinkled flour.

Put the rolling pin in the top center of the ball and start to roll out a little at a time.

Make sure to turn the flattened ball out now and then and sprinkle flour when it starts to stick.

Roll it out into a circle and make it fairly thin in thickness.

Lay your tortilla on the hot griddle or frying pan. It takes just about 45 – 60 seconds per side to cook.

Flip it when it starts to have a few nice brown speckles.

Cover tortillas with a towel. You’ll do this with all the tortillas to keep them warm.

Enjoy your homemade tortillas with some butter, fresh salsa or stuff them with your favorite ingredients!


  1. charlene says:

    I was raised in Los Angeles – Inglewood. I live in Vermont since 1986. How I wish you guys were here. I miss this food very much.

  2. Lolly GonzalezAlamos says:

    .. I will save this, for my daughters. Maybe they would like to try this some day . I grew up in Wilmington, the heart of the harbor. I helped my mother cook everything and i try to pass on all my moms cooking. But i think i only made tortillas for them once. Reading the recipe I pictured every step of making tortillas de harina in my mom’ s kitchen . Wow! The momories are so precious! Eating the freshly made totillas was priceless!! I always had my first freshly made totilla with butter!!

  3. Norma says:

    No baking powder? How do they fluff up without the baking powder?

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