Flour Tortillas

Homemade Flour TortillasYum.  Homemade Flour Tortillas.  Have you ever made them?  If not, you’re in for a real treat.  If you have made them, then you know what I mean when I say that they are so remarkably better than store-bought that I haven’t bought them at the grocery store since I started making them over two years ago.  They are easy to make, use normal kitchen ingredients, and take less than an hour from start to finish.  We usually don’t eat all them before they go stale so I just pop them in the freezer and pull them out one, or a few, at a time when we want them.  I have two different recipes that I use but I like this one better because it has a little more oil {or butter} in it, making them easier to roll out without needing to flour my surface.

*makes about 12 tortillas


3-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon sea salt {or table salt}
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
7 tablespoons canola oil {or melted butter}
1 cup very hot water


1. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together.
2. Mix oil and water in a separate bowl and then pour over dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes.

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4. Cut dough into 1.5 ounce portions {I like all of my tortillas to be the same size so I use a kitchen scale}

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5. Roll dough into balls and place in a container.

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6. Cover with plastic wrap so the dough balls don’t dry out.  Take them out one at a time to roll out and cook.

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7. Take out a ball and put it on your work surface and slightly flatten into a circle.  Use a little bit of cooking spray on your surface, if needed to prevent sticking, but I have never needed to use any.  {By the way, my counter is clean ~ those are white flecks in the stone.}

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8. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough as thinly as you can {I mean really thin}.  They won’t be a perfect circle, but that’s ok.  {They will shrink a tiny bit when you put them on the pan to cook.}

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9. Cook in a preheated pan over medium to medium-high heat for about 20 seconds and then turn over and cook for about 20 more seconds.  {No cooking spray is needed.  It looks like my pan has been sprayed but it hasn’t, that’s just how the photo turned out.}

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Note ~ You should notice bubbling on the tortilla.  If you don’t, your pan is not hot enough so turn it up just a bit.

That’s all there is to it.
Get ready to WOW whomever you serve these to.

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25 Responses to Flour Tortillas

  1. Haley @ The Saucy Apple February 1, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Cool! I’ve never made my own tortillas and always wanted to try. Thanks for the recipe, Lori!

    • Lori February 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

      After you make them let me know how they turn out.

  2. Making Our Life Matter February 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Wow, that looks easy enough that even I could make it! Thanks for stopping in at my blog 🙂

    • Lori February 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      You really can. They are so easy. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. DesignedByBH February 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE flour tortillas, so I’m super excited about your post! Thank you so much for sharing such a simple recipe! I think I might make some as soon as I get home!

    • Lori February 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm #

      I love them, too. Hopefully you’ll like these as well as we do. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Kathy W. February 2, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Great recipe! I was wondering what flour to use? Plain all purpose or self rising?


    • Lori February 2, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Kathy. Thanks for visiting. I just use all purpose flour.

  5. Nancy Pfeifer February 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Oh my mom made these for us when I was little. So delicious! I hope you come by to link- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/link-party-5.html

    • Lori February 2, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Oh good, you have fond memories of delicious homemade tortillas. Aren’t fond memories what we hope for ~ for ourselves and our families? Thanks for the invite, Nancy. I’ll come check it out.

  6. Kathy W. February 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    Thanks! My best friend used to make homemade flour tortillas – they were sooooo good. (She married a Mexican American and watched his mother ONCE!) I am soooo not that good! LOL

    Love your recipes! Take care! 🙂

    • Lori February 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

      OK, Kathy. You’re going to have to try this recipe and see how it compares. If your friend’s recipe is better, please share. I’m always looking for “the best…” recipe out there. Have a great day. I look forward to staying in touch.

  7. kristin February 4, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    My family would love these! I’m always looking for fun things to do with my kids and this would be great! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lori February 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Kristin, What a great idea to have your kids help you make these. It is so easy that they will be able to turn out a tasty tortilla and have a successful kitchen experience. Thanks for visiting. Good luck. Let me know how they turn out.

  8. Angie - www.easylivingmom.com February 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    These look sooo much better than store-bought tortillas. I’m going to have to put these on the menu for next week. Thank you so much for sharing at my link party!

    • Lori February 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      You’re welcome, Angie. Thank you for hosting. I’ll link up again soon. Let me know how your tortillas turn out.

  9. Lisa @ Flour Me With Love February 6, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    These are so simple and better than buying them! I’m going to feature them today…thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂


    • Lori February 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Lisa ~ I’m so excited. Thank you. And thank you for hosing the link party. I love your blog.

  10. Janine March 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I am trying to turn over a new leaf this year by getting organized, cutting down on my spending habits and start making healthy food for my family. Is it possible to make large batches of these and freeze them up? If so how long do you think they would freeze for? We eat alot of tacos, enchiladas and wraps and thought maybe if I made a few batches up at once and freeze and use as needed that would save some time. Thanks and looking forward to checking out more of your site!!!

    • Lori March 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Janine. What a great idea to be more organized in life including spending habits and nutritious meals for your family. That is my ongoing goal! These tortillas do freeze well and I’m am not the best person to ask how long they will last in the freezer cuz I’m known for leaving things in there way too long. But I would say at least a few months as long as you bag them well or put them in an air-tight container. We usually eat a batch over a week or two and if I were going to make a larger batch I would for sure think they would last at least 3 months like frozen bread and cookies, etc. Let me know your results.

  11. Megan @ megbakes April 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I always thought you needed masa harina, something I couldn’t easily get, for tortillas. I’m so excited to try these. Thank you!!!

    • Lori April 12, 2013 at 11:43 am #

      Oh good, Megan. These are flour tortillas. The masa haring is for making corn tortillas. Give these a try and then let me know what you think.

  12. Gina June 24, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Hello! I found your blog on pinterest. These look great.

    I have made homemade tortillas a couple of times. The first time they were wonderful. Then I bought a tortilla press (which is WAY too small by the way) and which doesn’t get the tortillas nearly flat enough- so a rolling pin it is for me now.

    I never thought about weighing the dough. I even have a digital scale that I use for weight homemade soap ingredients. Duh! Definitely will be doing that.

    I will be definitely trying your recipe since your tortillas look perfect! Mine were good but were a little too thick and tough.

    Thanks for the great post! I’ll let you know how it goes.


    • Lori June 25, 2014 at 10:21 am #

      Hi Gina ~ I also bought a tortilla press when I first started making tortillas thinking they would make it a lot easier. Not so. Mine, too, is way too small. I’m thinking it’s maybe for making those small corn tortillas but I haven’t tried it for that yet. I hope you’ll let me know how your tortillas turn out. Thanks for stopping by.


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