Flour Tortillas

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Kara from Arizona.

Portions: 36

Serving size: 1 tortilla


    • 6 cups all-purpose white flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup shortening, softened
    • 2-1/4 cups warm water (divided use)


    1. In large bowl mix flour and salt together.
    2. Add softened shortening and two cups of warm water.
    3. Begin mixing by hand, squeezing flour and shortening through fingers or mix with a spoon and knife, crisscrossing through flour and shortening.
    4. Form masa (dough) into a large ball. Remove clinging flour from sides of bowl by rolling masa around bowl. Add remaining 1/4-cup warm water if masa is too dry.
    5. Turn masa onto board or tabletop and knead for one minute into a smooth ball. Cover with the bowl or a towel for at least five minutes and allow to rest.
    6. Begin heating cast iron griddle or heavy skillet to medium-high temperature.
    7. Pinch off a piece of masa and form into a 2” round ball, turning edges of masa under and in. Set each ball aside. Tops will feel dry to touch.
    8. Sprinkle flour lightly over masa and board or table top. Using a rolling pin, roll masa into a round tortilla approximately 6” to 7” in diameter.
    9. Toss and turn tortilla between hands until smooth.
    10. Test a small piece of masa on heated griddle or skillet; it should begin browning within a few seconds if oil is hot enough.
    11. Cook each tortilla until lightly browned on both sides, turning frequently to prevent burning. Use a spatula or tongs to turn tortillas.
    12. Stack tortillas after cooking. Cool before storing.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  125
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  16 g
  • Fat  6 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  60 mg
  • Potassium  22 mg
  • Phosphorus  23 mg
  • Calcium  3 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1 starch
    • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Cover tortillas with paper towel and store in airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator.
    • Homemade flour tortillas are much lower in sodium than most store-bought tortillas.

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Flour Tortillas
mlbarr70 says:

I am so confused! My doctor took me off both flour and corn tortillas to help lower my high diabetes. Now you are saying it is okay to eat flour tortillas. The only difference I see in the recipe is that baking powder was omitted. So... do I or don't I eat flour tortillas? Dietitian comment: In general people with diabetes can eat either type of tortilla. It sounds like your individual plan includes avoiding tortillas. Please discuss with your doctor and dietitian.

Nov. 23, 2014, 5:44 AM - Inappropriate review?
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larry21 says:

My husband needs these recipes to be heart healthy shortening is not what can I sub for shortening? Dietitian comment: I have not tried the recipe with oil but you could experiment and substitute vegetable or canola oil.

Sep. 05, 2014, 5:35 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Cavy1990 says:

I made a 1/2 batch and used garlic powder instead of salt and they turned out delicious! Happy I can have flour tortillas again!!!

Sep. 01, 2014, 5:54 PM - Inappropriate review?
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Cooked in a skillet using dry heat. Very good but a little floury. Might take a few tries to get it down right. Will definately make again!

Feb. 01, 2012, 10:22 AM - Inappropriate review?
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Bowtiebabe says:

Simple and delicious, I only made half a batch though and it was a bit time consuming. Definitely worth it!

Oct. 26, 2011, 2:52 PM - Inappropriate review?
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mari96 says:

Made these, but only made 1/2 of recipe. I used 1/8 tsp salt and "cooked" in a cast iron skillet. I did not add oil, but cooked using only the dry heat. They turned out really good. I will be making again on Saturday.

Sep. 23, 2010, 6:01 PM - Inappropriate review?

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