Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  216
  • Protein  3 g
  • Carbohydrates  24 g
  • Fat  12 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  116 mg
  • Potassium  89 mg
  • Phosphorus  34 mg
  • Calcium  5 mg
  • Fiber  0.8 g

Lower-Phosphorus Flour Tortillas

There are many foods that are restricted for those with kidney disease and on dialysis, but thanks to DaVita renal dietitian Mary from Kansas, her recipe for Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder has put foods such as her easy Lower-Phosphorus Tortillas back on your menu.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Mary L. from Kansas

Portions: 12 tortillas     Serving size: 1 tortilla


  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder (Recipe in Sauces and seasonings section of
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup hot water


  1. Combine flour, phosphorus-free baking powder and salt.
  2. Cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly.
  3. Add 3/4 cup hot water, and stir until ingredients look moist.
  4. Mix and knead to a soft dough. (You may need to sprinkle in another 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour).
  5. Cover dough with a towel and let rest 1 hour.
  6. Cut into 12 pieces.
  7. Lightly roll into a 6” to 7” tortilla, or put in a tortilla press, to 1/8” thickness.
  8. Cook on a hot iron skillet for 30 to 60 seconds per side until no longer doughy and brown spots begin to appear.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Cream of tartar is the potassium acid salt of tartaric acid, which is a by-product of wine making. One teaspoon contains 495 mg potassium. When using cream of tartar with baking soda to replace phosphorus-containing baking powder, be aware the potassium content of food will be higher but phosphorus is much lower.
  • Since the potassium in a tortilla made with low phosphorus baking powder is higher than regular tortillas, be sure to limit portion and other potassium sources if you are on a low-potassium diet.






Tortilla made with low cream of tartar-based leavening

116 mg

89 mg

34 mg

Tortilla made with regular phosphorus- based baking powder

106 mg

34 mg

110 mg


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Lower-Phosphorus Flour Tortillas

larry21 says:


There is no need for baking powder or soda in flour tortillas. There original tortillas only have flour lard water.

Sep. 05, 2014, 5:44 AM - Inappropriate review?

Lower-Phosphorus Flour Tortillas

Dree says:


I make flour tortillas without any baking powder at all and they are great.

Apr. 30, 2010, 12:42 PM - Inappropriate review?

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