8 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 plus 1/4 cups lard or shortening
2 1/4 cups warm water
In a large bowl mix together the flour and salt. Using you hands quickly blend together the flour, salt and 1/2 cup shortening. Slowly add the warm water to mixture until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out on board and knead for 10 minutes. Form into a ball and pat the remaining lard/shortening onto ball. Let rest for 5 minutes.
Divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll out into at least 6 inch size circles. While forming the tortillas heat a heavy well-seasoned griddle to very hot. Do not grease it. Add tortillas and let it bubble slightly. turn cook until light brown spots form where it bubbled. Wrap in foil or plastic until serving.