These are so simple to make. I use my stand mixer (with the paddle attachment) and a tortilla press. You could definitely make the dough by hand and either roll them out with a rolling pin or flatten them by hand.
Makes about 16 tortillas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup cold butter, cubed (or lard if you want them more authentic and non vegetarian)
2/3 cup warm water
1. Mix together the dry ingredients until just combined. Cut in the butter until the dough starts to look crumbly. Add in the water and mix until the dough comes together.
2. Roll the dough into golf ball sized balls and place on a floured surface. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for at least 30 minutes or up to two hours.
3. Place a ball of dough between plastic wrap (I like to use a gallon-sized storage bag cut in half) and press it in to a tortilla. Or, if you're like me, have your sous chefs do it!
4. Carefully peel the tortillas from the plastic and place on a hot, ungreased skillet or cast iron pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes per side, until the tortilla begins to brown and char.