How To Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch

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Have you ever wanted to make your own flour tortillas, but didn’t know where to start? Some of the best recipes, and many of my favorites, start with flour tortillas. Tacos and breakfast burritos are some of our favorites. I want to teach you how to make flour tortillas from scratch so you can enjoy them more often!

While you can always buy tortillas at the store, nothing tastes quite like the ones that you make from scratch in your own kitchen. You can make up a few batches of these tortillas and have them on hand for when you need them most. Think about the tacos, enchiladas, and even burritos you can make from these.

Why You Should Make Homemade Flour Tortillas

You have probably done the store-bought tortillas and they were probably a bit dry and boring. When you make your own, you are entering baking heaven. I think you should make your own homemade tortillas because they are much cheaper to make than buying them at the store.

With just a few ingredients, you can have homemade tortillas from scratch. You will also want to make sure you have a hot skillet for this! The hotter, the better. You need the simplest ingredients like flour, salt, baking powder, oil, and hot water.

What Is Tortilla Dough Called?

If you are going to make tortillas, you may be wondering what the dough is called. Honestly, there is no special name for the dough, some people may refer to it as flatbread dough, but other than that, it’s very traditional dough. Don’t worry, you will enjoy watching your family gobble up these!

How To Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch

How To Make Flour Tortillas from Scratch

When it comes to making homemade tortillas, there are many benefits to making them from scratch. I think my favorite part of making my own is that I know what the ingredients are. When you buy from the store, you really don’t know WHAT is in your food. Making them from scratch means you know exactly what is in your food.

Step One

You don’t have to use a stand mixer or a food processor, which is really nice. All you need is a large bowl and then use your hands to combine the ingredients together.

This recipe only has four ingredients, flour, olive oil, salt, and water. You can substitute the white flour with whole wheat flour very easily.

Step Two

I dump everything in the bowl and start mixing.

Step Three

Once you add the flour, you will be able to see if you need a bit more flour.

Step Four

Be sure and sprinkle some flour on the countertop before you place the dough on it. This is where you punch it down and start kneading the dough. Form the dough into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap for and let it rest for 15-30 minutes.

Step Five

Divide the dough into eight sections. Form the sections into eight balls. Sprinkle with flour as needed. Roll out each ball into a 7-8 inch circle. 

Step Six

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and cook each tortilla 40-50 seconds on each side until lightly browned. They will puff up as they cook. Store in a tortilla warmer. 

This is the one I have and I LOVE it! Tortilla Warmer. It can be used for pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tortillas.

Step Seven

The finished product!

How To Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch

Step Eight

Now you are ready to serve them with your favorite fillings.

How To Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch

What Can You Do With Leftover Tortillas?

Did you make too many tortillas? You may be wondering what you can do with the leftovers. I love that you can literally use tortillas for anything. We love to use them as pizza crusts.

Another favorite is making quesadillas or tostadas. If I’m really in the mood for something delicious, you will see me making pinwheels! You can do a lot with tortillas.

Can You Eat Tortillas Plain?

Yes! You can totally eat tortillas plain. I like to put cinnamon with sugar and butter on them if I want something sweet. If I’m hungry, I also like packing them for a snack on the go. Little ones LOVE eating these. They are soft and very tasty!

Are Flour Tortillas Made from Scratch, Healthy?

I can tell you that flour tortillas that are made from scratch are a lot healthier than the store-bought ones. You really should know what is going in your food because it’s healthier for you this way.

Flour Tortilla Recipe

Flour Tortillas by Food Storage Moms
Prep Time
35 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
36 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white flour (plus a little extra for rolling out)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, soft butter, or lard
  • 3/4 cup warm water
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl, slightly mix by kneading the dough. It will be a soft sticky dough. Knead for 4-5 minutes. Form a ball and place on a floured countertop. Cover with plastic wrap for 15-30 minutes. Divide the dough into eight sections. Form the sections into eight balls. Sprinkle with flour as needed. Roll out each ball into a 7-8 inch circle. Heat a skillet and cook each tortilla 40-50 seconds on each side. They will puff up as they cook. Store in a tortilla warmer. 

Final Word

Making flour tortillas from scratch will change the way you enjoy your favorite meals. Knowing that you made something right there in your kitchen you just can’t go wrong.

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6 thoughts on “How To Make Flour Tortillas From Scratch

  • October 7, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    My Mexican grandmother always used bacon grease for her tortillas. It provides such great depth of flavor to the tortillas.

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    • October 7, 2019 at 8:33 am
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      HI Jennifer, I have plenty of that, I will try that for sure!! Great tip! Linda

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  • October 7, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    Linda ~
    I love flour tortillas! A funny (to me) story about making tortillas for the first time:

    It all started when I was on a short job in Page Arizona! I ate frequently at a tiny Mexican restaurant and loved the tortillas. So, I asked the waitress about them and where I could purchase them. She said they were made in house.Then, when I had eaten my meal and was ready to pay for it, she asked me to come back to the kitchen. Well, the owner of the restaurant was this really tiny lady and she was making tortillas. She showed me how to mix up the dough using flour, lard, salt and water; kneading the dough and letting it rest, etc. Basically she showed me start to finish! I think I was there 3 hours after the end of my meal – I was, of course, drinking beer the whole time!!

    So, my first foray into making the tortillas myself was a bomb in my mind!! I could not get them round like she did, nor as flat. So, it was back to the teaching! She then showed me her homemade “rolling pin” which was a length of pipe, with caps on the end (just pipe from the hardware store) but the main thing about it was that it was filled with weights (I think she had lead in there, it was so heavy!). The weight of the thing helped with the rolling and the caps on the ends insured the tortillas all had a consistent thickness. She also said that experience was a big thing in getting them round!

    Well, I have not made enough tortillas to ever get that experience down but I am good with irregular shaped and thick tortillas when I make them!!

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    • October 7, 2019 at 10:12 am
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      Hi Leanne, oh my gosh, I love this story! I’m picturing that pipe right now and where I could get the weights to put it in!! Love this! I’m with you if they are not perfectly round that’s okay, and I like them a bit thicker sometimes, especially when my grandkids make them. LOL! Linda

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  • October 7, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    Because of pain in my hands, I’d like to know if I can do this in a bread maker, and then press with a tortilla press.

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    • October 7, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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      Hi Elaine, yes you can for sure. You can even do it in a Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the dough hook because it only has 2 cups of flour. Having a tortilla press would help for sure!! Pain in the hands is not fun, I know, I have to take ibuprofen before I can make these. Darn these hands! Have fun making these, they are so yummy! Linda

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