Our authentic Mexican tasty tortilla


270g white spelt flour
5g salt
150ml water
25g lard or veggie shortening

Makes 10 small or 8 medium tortilla
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Cooking time: 8-10 minutes (Depending on how quick you can fry and roll!)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together and knead until just smooth
  2. Dust the top with flour lightly then leave to rest for half an hour under a tea towel or cling film. This doesn’t rise as there is no yeast but does need time for the gluten to develop
  3. Split the dough into either 8 or 10 equal pieces, depending on how big you want your tortillas. You can either do this by sight (chop the dough in half and so on) or, to get the tortillas as equal as possible, weigh the dough and work out the weight for an eighth or tenth of that total. Then weigh portions out accordingly
  4. Put your frying pan (skillet) on the hob over a medium-high heat
  5. Flour your work surface and roll out a ball of dough thinly (about 1-2 mm thick) and to as close to a circle as possible. Mind you, don’t worry if it’s a wonky ‘circle’ as that’s all part of the hand made charm
  6. Pop the tortilla on the frying pan and toast on the first side until it is getting dark brown but not burnt. This will only be a minute or even less so keep a keen eye on it
  7. Flip over and repeat on the other side
  8. While the first tortilla is dry-frying roll out the next one, but bear in mind how quick they cook!
  9. Repeat until all tortillas are browned on both sides


You can even go on to fry them and dust in paprika to create your own crunchy tortilla chips. Or rub them with oil, place one each in an oven proof bowl and bake at 170C for 8-10 minutes to make crispy baskets to serve your rice or chilli in.

Thank you

Thank you to Lynn Clark who kindly created this delicious recipe for us.  To see more of her recipes please visit her blog for more inspiration

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