Flour Tortilla Recipe (No Fail)
Get ready to make the best Flour Tortillas you’ve ever tasted!
Our easy recipe uses just a handful of ingredients to create inexpensive, soft, delicious, and healthy tortillas that are perfect for all your favorite Mexican dishes.
Follow our step-by-step guide to make tortillas like a pro in less than 20 minutes, and don’t miss our tips for storing and reheating them to keep them fresh. Let’s get cooking!
What Are Flour Tortillas?
Flour tortillas are wheat-based tortillas made from all-purpose flour, water, and any oil you have on hands.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Flour Tortillas are an amazing wrap option that is also:
- Made With 3 Ingredients
- Ready In 20 Minutes
- No Butter, Lard, Or Dairy
- Nut-Free and Egg-Free
- Perfect Texture for Burritos, Enchiladas, Fajitas, and Tacos
How To Make This Flour Tortilla Recipe
Making flour tortillas at home using only pantry ingredients is incredibly easy.
It’s also a very low-cost recipe perfect to save some dollars on your grocery list and avoid all the additives often seen in store-bought tortillas.
All you need to make this homemade flour tortilla recipe are:
- All-Purpose Flour – you can use alternatives like white whole wheat flour or spelt flour to create spelt tortillas.
- Lukewarm Water – bath temperature or 98°F (37°C). Simply fill a microwave-safe bowl with cold tap water and microwave for 30 seconds. You want hot water but not boiling or burning water.
- Vegetable Oil – like canola oil or light olive oil for a healthy twist to the recipe.
- Fine Sea Salt
Making the tortillas dough is pretty easy, there are 2 methods. You can make the dough
- by hand
- in a stand mixer
In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients: flour, and salt, and stir to combine.
Pour the lukewarm water and olive oil and start stirring with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
Then, lightly oil your hands to prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers and knead the ingredients together in the bowl until soft and elastic dough ball forms.
Sprinkle extra flour on the dough if too sticky.
Place the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and using the dough hook attachment mix the dry ingredients for 20 seconds.
Then, keep mixing on low-speed – speed 3 of the stand mixer – and gradually add the water and oil.
Mix the dough until the dough forms and get a smooth elastic texture.
Letting The Dough Rest
This is optional, but resting the dough at room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling makes the tortillas much more flexible.
Rolling The Dough
Place the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide the dough into 6 even balls.
Roll each dough ball with a little bit of flour to prevent them from sticking to the surface.
Using a rolling pin roll, place the dough ball in from of you, sprinkle a bit of flour on top of the ball, and start pressing and rolling in both directions until the dough ball reaches a thin circle of about 6 inches in diameter (15 cm).
Repeat the step above for the remaining dough balls.
If you want to pre-roll all the dough into 6 tortillas to bake later, make sure you store the rolled tortillas on a floured surface. Don’t stack them on top of each other.
Using A Tortillas Press
If you have a cast iron tortilla press, simply place the dough ball in the center of the press and close it to flatten them into a tortilla shape.
Preheat a pancake griddle, cast-iron skillet, or non-stick pan over medium-high heat with no oil.
Place the tortilla in the hot pan and cook for about 2 minutes until it starts to form bubbles on the surface.
Slide a flat tool under the tortilla and flip it on the other side to cook for an extra minute.
You know the tortillas are cooked through when light brown spots form all over the surface.
You can use this flour tortilla recipe to create a range of flavorsome flatbread. Simply add in the dry ingredients some of the below dry spices:
- 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
Store the warm cooked tortillas on a clean plate or wooden board while cooking the remaining tortillas.
Place a clean towel or piece of foil on top of the cooked tortillas to keep them warm and soft while cooking the remaining batch.
Store the homemade flour tortillas wrapped in foil, plastic bags, or a clean kitchen towel and place them in the refrigerator. They last up to 3 days in the fridge or freeze for up to 3 months.
Thaw the tortillas at room temperature or use them frozen as a base for a tortilla pizza.
Serving Flour Tortillas
This flour tortilla recipe is a great base for:
- Wraps filled with any raw vegetables, cured meat, or cheese.
- Mexican dinners to fill with beef or chicken fajita or beans and make delicious Cheese Quesadilla, Steak Quesadilla, burritos, enchiladas, or tacos.
- Side to Indian curries like a chicken curry.
- Base to pizza for a busy dinner use the tortillas as a thin pizza base, adding any of your favorite pizza sauce and toppings.
You can adapt this recipe to make allergy-friendly tortillas:
- Gluten-Free – A 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour blend works very well as a replacement for wheat flour. Or use my almond flour tortillas, or coconut flout flatbread to make delicious gluten-free tortillas alternatives.
- Oil-free – Try my easy tortilla recipe for an oil-free version. This recipe is made with just 2 ingredients no oil is needed.
- Sodium-Free – Simply skip the salt.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find blow my answers to the most common questions about these flour tortillas.
Yes, you can freeze the dough wrap in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight box.
Remove from the freezer the day before rolling and thaw at room temperature.
This recipe works best with all-purpose flour, a wheat-based flour.
But you can also use white spelt flour or white whole wheat in the same amount.
This recipe is not made to make corn flour tortillas.
If your dough is too dry, add more lukewarm water, one tablespoon at a time, until your dough is soft and elastic.
This happens if you pour too much water. Add more flour to the top of the dough ball and knead to incorporate.
You can also rub the rolling pin with flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
The best healthy oils to make healthy tortillas are high omega 3 oils with a high-smoked point because they resist high temperatures.
The recommended oils are light cold-pressed olive oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil.
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