12 tortillas

Serving Size:
1 tortilla

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein


  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 teaspoons Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder (Recipe in Sauces and seasonings section of DaVita.com)
  • 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.

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

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

Added Sugar 0 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


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