In a medium bowl, stir together the masa harina and salt. In a
small saucepan over high heat, bring the lard or shortening and
water to a boil, stirring until melted. Pour this liquid into the
masa harina and blend well with a fork or pastry blender. Knead
on a lightly floured board until smooth, about 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll each into a ball about
1 inch in diameter. Roll out the dough between pieces of parchment
or waxed paper until the dough is paper thin and about 6 inches
Heat a large cast iron or other heavy skillet over high heat until
very hot. Remove a circle of dough from the paper and place it
in the hot skillet. Cook until brown on one side, about 30 seconds,
turn and brown the other side. Keep warm in a cloth towel. Repeat
until all the tortillas are made.
Cut tortilla into 8 wedges; set aside. Pour oil into a heavy saucepan
or skillet to a depth of 1 inch Over medium high heat, heat to
a temperature of 375 degrees F, or until a tortilla chips browns
in 60 seconds.
Drop the tortilla wedges into the hot oil in batches and cook
for 1 to 2 minutes, or until they turn golden. Drain on paper
towels. Let cool and store in airtight containers.
Adapted from Southwest Cookbook
Calories per tortilla: 58
Fat per tortilla: 1.2g