It only requires four ingredients and tastes so much better so no reason to buy them at the store! They are just about as easy to make as homemade corn tortillas. However, these are not gluten-free so beware if you have a gluten intolerance. Make a big batch so you always have some homemade tortillas on hand. So, are you ready to learn how to make flour tortillas? Let’s get started!
Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
To make flour tortillas you only need:
- Cast-iron skillet
- Rolling pin
You further need an hour of which a half-hour is rest time for the dough.
Homemade flour tortillas are very versatile and can be used in many different ways.
They are the base of the Mexican kitchen but they are also used in a lot of other South American countries.
This tortilla wrap recipe is made with all-purpose flour but you can also use whole wheat flour or Spelt flour.
When I buy store-bought tortillas, I am always amazed at how they almost always have the same size, coloring, and taste.
Every tortilla is the same, which is almost impossible with homemade ones.
Just like with all homemade recipes it will taste different every time but that just adds to the charm of cooking, I think.
If you want to learn more about all the different types of tortillas and flatbread, take a look at my, How to make tortillas the ultimate guide.
See How To Make Flour Tortillas
Want to see how to make fluffy flour tortillas? Watch the recipe video with step-by-step instructions so you can easily follow along.
It is one of the easiest tortilla wrap recipes you will find.
Flour Tortillas Ingredients
Making flour tortillas is very easy. Make certain you have the following ingredients ready when you start:
- Olive oil or lard, butter, shortening, or coconut oil
- Warm water
- Baking powder (optional)
How to Make Flour Tortillas by Hand
As with the corn tortillas start with good quality flour, salt, warm water, and a little oil.
You can use good quality olive oil but vegetable, sunflower oil, or coconut also work really well.
Knead the dough thoroughly and let it rest for at least 30 minutes or longer. Then split the dough into smaller dough balls the size of a golf ball.
This recipe yields about 8 homemade Mexican flour tortillas so make 8 dough balls.
Roll a dough ball with a rolling pin on a floured surface in a round shape.
If you want to have them all the same size you can take a lid and cut away the excess dough or use a tortilla press.
When you use a tortilla press like this cast-iron tortilla press and want really thin tortillas, you still need to roll them with a rolling pin.
Because the dough is more elastic than the dough for corn tortillas and more likely to spring back.
Bake the flour tortillas in a dry cast-iron skillet or pan on medium to high heat. As soon as the tortilla starts to puffs up, flip the tortilla and bake the other side.
Again, wait until the tortilla puffs up.
When brown spots appear the flour tortilla is done. Take off the heat and wrap it in a tortilla warmer or clean kitchen towel.
It takes about 1 minute to cook per each side before a tortilla is done and ready to serve or be stored.
How To Make Tortilla Dough
When making homemade flour tortillas you can choose to make the dough by hand or use a food processor.
The fastest way to make tortilla dough is with a food processor.
Making Tortilla Dough By Hand
When making the tortilla dough by hand you need a little more time. Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix the ingredients.
When the dough comes together transfer the dough to a cutting board or a flour-covered kitchen counter and knead the dough by hand.
It makes a consistent and elastic dough but is still a little rustic as it requires more kneading by hand compared to a kitchen machine.
Let it rest and knead the dough once more before you start rolling the tortillas.
Making Tortilla Dough Using A Food Processor
When making the dough with your food processor or kitchen machine you have several advantages:
- It is way faster to make the dough in a food processor. In less than a minute you have assembled the dough
- When making dough in a food processor you will get a more elastic dough compared to making it by hand. As you want to roll really thin tortillas you need an elastic dough which is easier to obtain when using a food processor
If you have a food processor, I would recommend making the dough with it.
It is more cleaning but the dough is much more flexible and elastic compared to making the dough by hand.
If you do not own a kitchen machine you can still get amazing dough it will just take a little more time and manual labor to make your dough.
Use Lard vs Shortening vs Oil In Flour Tortillas
You can make your tortillas with several fat sources like lard, shortening, or oil.
According to the traditional flour tortillas recipe, it should contain lard as the source of fat when making tortillas. It results in ultra-soft, tasty, and thin tortillas.
However, if you are vegan the use of lard is not an option as it is made from animal fat. There are several types of lard hydrogen, back lard, and leaf lard.
The leaf lard has the most neutral flavor. Another downside of lard is that it is not as widely available as shortening or oil.
Shortening like oil is a plant-based product. It has a similar consistency to lard or butter and is solid at room temperature.
As with lard, you get a very soft, elastic dough when using vegetable shortening in your dough.
Is more widely available compared to lard. If you are vegan, you can use shortening in your tortillas.
Olive oil is also a plant-based ingredient. It works really well in tortilla dough. It isn’t solid so it is easier to combine into a dough than lard or shortening.
Although traditionalists may say that tortillas made with oil are not really tortillas.
This might be the surprise ingredient that has no distinct smell or taste. Even though it is an oil it is solid at room temperature.
Coconut oil is one of my favorite fats to use.
It is light and turns the dough into flexible soft tortillas that stay pliable and chewy at room temperature once you cooked them.
Should You Use Baking Powder in Tortillas or Not?
When you at the authentic flour tortilla recipe, it does not contain baking powder however you can add it to this tortillas recipe to make them fluffier.
Even without baking powder, your tortillas should puff up.
If your tortillas do not puff up, your skillet might not be hot enough. Try and increase the temperature to see if your tortilla puffs up.
Why Are My Tortillas Not Holding Their Shape?
One of the most important steps when making tortillas is resting the dough. It gives the gluten time to activate.
If you do not let the dough rest long enough and start rolling the tortilla it will most likely spring back and not hold its shape.
So, it is really important to let your dough rest for at least 30 minutes. To see if it has rested long enough, roll a tortilla if it springs back let the dough rest some more.
It is possible that due to circumstances (room temperature, humidity, etc) your dough doesn’t always respond the same.
So sometimes your dough may be too wet or too dry. Adjust your dough accordingly.
How to Store Flour Tortillas
There are several ways to store homemade flour tortillas:
- Room temperature – you can keep them outside of the refrigerator in e.g. a plastic freezer bag. You can keep them for about 2 to 3 days
- Refrigerator – as with corn tortillas keep them in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag and they are ready to eat for about a week
- Freezer – freeze them in a plastic bag for 2 to 3 months. This is the best option because you know you can’t go wrong with freezing
I like to keep my tortillas either at room temperature or put them in the freezer and let them thaw when I need them.
More Flour Tortilla Recipes
On the Tortilla Channel, you can find many delicious flour tortilla recipes. A small selection of recipes:
- French toast tortilla – easy breakfast recipe with egg and fruit
- Simply shredded chicken enchilada – made with homemade wraps and pulled chicken
- Turkey ranch pinwheels – a delicious snack made with tortillas and turkey
- Sweet Bunuelos – a sweet dessert made with cream cheese and tortilla wraps
- Apple pie taquitos – An all-time favorite with apple pie filling and tortillas
Have fun with this easy how to make homemade flour tortillas recipe!
If you like to try other kinds of tortilla recipes then check out our ultimate guide on how to make tortillas.
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Want to learn how to make flour tortillas ? You only need a handful of ingredients and 1 hour. Watch the instruction video to follow along.
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoon oil (olive oil or sunflower oil)
- ¾ cup of warm water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
- Put the flour in a bowl
- Add salt. You can add baking powder but this is optional
- Add ½ a cup of warm water and stir. Add the remaining water until consistent
- Add the 2 tbsp of oil and knead the dough until it is smooth and consistent
- Let it rest for 30 minutes
- Divide into eight small balls and roll them on a floured surface with a rolling pin
- Warm a pan or skillet on medium to high heat
- Bake the tortilla for about a minute per side or until it bubbles up and has nice brown patches
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You can decide to use only all-purpose flour or a mix of all-purpose flour and wheat flour or spelt flour Store in the refrigerator or in the freezer
Calories: 94; Fat: 2.3g; Carbs: 15.4g; Proteins: 2.5g;