Homemade flour tortillas are surprisingly easy to make! With just a simple list of ingredients and a few turns of the rolling pin, you can have warm, fresh, delicious homemade tortillas ready to serve in about a half an hour!
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It’s been more than twenty years since I had homemade tortillas for the first time, and the memory is as fresh as if it had happened yesterday.
I remember watching fascinated as our cousin Leah, the Mexican-born daughter of Christian missionaries, rolled out one tortilla after another in well-practiced rhythm, flour motes dancing with each turn of her pin.
In well-practiced rhythm, Leah rolled, flipped, turned, and fried each circle of dough with machine-like consistency; quickly building a stack of warm, floury flat-breads tall enough to feed our small army of children.
Soft, flavorful, and tender, Leah’s homemade flour tortillas made nearly every tortilla I’d eaten up until then taste like flattened papier-mâché. Watching her work was a moment of pure grace, and I remember feeling immense gratitude for her efforts.
If you have never made homemade tortillas, it’s high time that you do. And once you do, you will never go back to store-bought. (OK, maybe you will sometimes, for the convenience, but after these, those store-bought tortillas will never taste the same again.)
Now, here’s the biggest secret of all – homemade flour tortillas are surprisingly fast and easy to make!
How to Make Homemade Flour Tortillas
[For ingredient amounts and further instructions, scroll down to the recipe card below.]
The dough should be soft but not sticky. You can always add more flour if you need to. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, adding flour as needed if the dough gets sticky.
Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic or cover with a towel. Let rest for about 20 minutes.
After the dough has rested, divide it into 2” balls (about the size of a golf ball).
Flatten a dough ball with your palm and dust each side with flour, then roll into a 5-6” circle. Turn and flip each tortilla a few times as you roll them out.
Homemade flour tortillas are Super Easy to make! Perfect for #TacoTuesday! So much better than store-bought, too! (Olive oil recipe - no lard or shortening)
Homemade Flour Tortillas
- Mix together flour, salt and baking powder. Drizzle in the olive oil and mix with your hands.
- Mix in a little water at a time with your hands until you have a soft dough. (The dough should be soft but not sticky. You can always add more flour if you need to.) Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, adding flour as needed if the dough gets sticky.
- Form the dough into a ball and wrap in plastic or cover with a towel. Let rest for about 20 minutes. (This allows to gluten to rest.)
- Divide dough into 2” balls (about the size of a golf ball). Flatten a dough ball with your palm and dust each side with flour, then roll into a 5-6” circle. Turn and flip each tortilla a few times as you roll them out. [See note]
- Heat a frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Do not grease or spray with cooking spray. Place a tortilla in the pan and cook until it bubbles a little – around 20-30 seconds. Flip it and cook the other side 20-30 seconds.
- Place cooked tortillas in a tortilla warmer, or inside a folded kitchen towel. The steam from the hot tortillas softens them.
My flour tortilla recipe is an adaptation of “Flour Tortillas Diaz.” I love that it doesn’t call for lard or shortening, and the tortillas it makes are soft and pliable even after they have been sitting for some time.
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POST UPDATED 2.15.2020 – This post was originally published June 30, 2014.