Low carb tortillas recipe with chia seeds are the best low carb tortillas ever with only 3.8 g net carbs and 5 ingredients ! Plus, they are vegan, paleo and gluten free too!
What are low carb tortillas recipe?
A low carb tortilla is made of low carb flour like flaxseed, coconut flour, almond flour or chia seeds. They contains a very low amount of net carbs, usually less than 5 grams per serve which is 10 times less than regular tortilla. They are also a high source of fiber and protein.
Easy 5 ingredients keto tortillas
You don’t need more than 5 ingredients to create those beautiful keto tortillas. They taste like real wholewheat tortillas using only low carb keto ingredients!
Ground chia seeds – you can ground your own chia seed or buy chia seed flour from the store. If you ground your chia seed make sure you ground them thinly, on high speed in a blender. Always fully cover the blender knife with seeds to ensure an easy blend.
Almond flour – I love to use blanched almond flour rather than almond meal. It makes the tortillas softer and less dry. However both should work.
Coconut flour – fresh with no lumps
Water – you must use lukewarm water to quickly activate ground chia seed, think bath temperature
How to make low carb tortillas
It is very easy to make your own keto tortillas. First, you need to prepare all your ingredients precisely. I always recommend to work in grams or oz rather than cups for full precision. Indeed, low carb flours are loaded with fiber. It means they are highly water absorbent. If you add a little bit too much the dough end up dry. On the opposite, if you miss some flour the dough is sticky and wet. Next, always roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper, preferably oiled! This ensure that the dough won’t stick to the rolling pin or to the paper. Finally, cut out in round shape for a lovely tortillas and cook in a non-stick hot pan!
How to enjoy your low carb tortilla
In summer, they are good cold with any cold meat, raw vegetable and sauce. My favorite combo is mayonnaise, cold turkey, lettuce and avocado. Otherwise, they are amazing as a quesadilla filled with chicken fajita and cheese. I also recommend to bring them to a sandwich press when filled with cheese. The melted cheese and crispy tortilla is a divine !
Best low carb tortillas to try!
This is a list of the best keto tortillas to try on the blog. They are all delicious base to wrap raw food or hot Mexican fajita fillings.
Coconut flour flatbread – 2.6 g net carbs, those are coconut flour tortillas egg free and they are delicious keto tortillas for lunch wraps
Flaxseed wraps – 1.2 g net carbs, very similar to those chia seeds tortillas, made 100 % of flaxseeds
Place chia seeds into a blender. Make sure it fully cover the blade of the blender to create a very thin flour.
Blend on high speed for 1 minute or until a thin chia seed ground form.
Measure the amount needed for this recipe, I highly recommend using grams/oz for precision. Store the leftover in a glass mason jar or airtight container in the pantry for up to 1 month.
Tortilla dough recipe
In a small mixing bowl, add the ground chia seeds, almond flour, coconut flour, salt and garlic powder
Whisk the flours vigorously, it should take 30 seconds. You want all the flour to be blend evenly, avoid lumps or press them with fingers if some exist. You should have a consistent blend of flour for a perfect absorption of the water in the next step.
Pour the lukewarm water onto the chia seed ground and knead with your hand.
The dough will be very wet at first. Squish the dough with your fingers and knead energetically. It will dry out as you go and form a dough ball after only 1-2 minutes. The dough should not be sticky if so, this means your chia flour wasn't or you didn't measure with precision some of the flour. A way to fix that is to sprinkle extra coconut flour onto the ball (1 teaspoon at a time, don't overdo it!). This will make the dough less sticky and easier to roll.
Transfer the tortilla dough onto your bench top and cut the dough in 8 even pieces
Prepare two pieces of parchment paper, about 10 inches x 10 inches size. Slightly rub or spray some oil on both pieces, only one side, the one that will be in contact with the dough to prevent the dough to stick to the paper.
Place one of the dough ball onto a piece of oiled parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on top. Press the ball with your hand palm to flatten and stick it to the top parchment paper piece.
Roll with a rolling pin until flat but not too thin or it won't get soft when cooked. You aim for a 2-3 mm thickness. Peel off the top piece of parchment paper, it should not stick if you oiled the paper as recommended.
Use a round shape - like a saucepan lid to shape round tortillas. This is optional, you can also cut out rectangle. Place the lid on top of the dough and cut around the edges to make a circle. Remove the outside dough, form a ball and reuse later for another wrap if you like. Remove lid.
Warm a crepe pan, pancake griddle or non-stick frying pan under high heat for 1 minute. If you are not using a non stick pan, spray some oil before adding the wrap into the pan.
Flip over the rolled tortilla onto the hot pan and peel off the last piece of parchment paper.
Reduce to medium heat and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the border get dry, the center will stay soft.
Slide a spatula under the tortilla to flip over. Cook for about 1 extra minute on the other side. Don't over cook or the wrap will get very crispy and they won't roll without breaking. The tortilla must be dry but stay soft to roll your food inside.
Place the cooked tortilla on a plate and repeat those rolling/shaping steps with the rest of the batter until you form 8 tortillas of 16 cm (6 inches) diameter. I recommend you can reuse the same piece of parchment paper every-time to save money.
Fill your tortillas with either cold or hot food. They are good with Fajita filling or any cold meat, crunchy vegetables and salad.
If you add cheese to the tortilla, bring it back to a sandwich press to melt the cheese and add some extra crispy texture to the tortilla.
You can store the tortillas in the fridge for up to 4 days. Place them on a plate wrapped with plastic film wrap to avoid them to dry.
Freeze in an airtight bag. Defrost 1 hour before. Rewarm in a frying pan or sandwich press.
On keto low carb diet you don't count fiber! They are assimilated by your body and therefore you count net carbs, total carbs takeaway fiber. The amount of net carbs per tortillas is 3.8 gram.