Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

If there is only one thing you can learn to cook, choose homemade tortillas. They are simple, quick, with only 4 - 5 ingredients needed, but the number of dishes you can prepare using homemade tortillas is almost infinite! How many Mexican foods can you name other than tacos or nachos? Let’s go! 

Taquitos, fajitas, tostadas, quesadillas, chilaquiles, flautas...One can never have enough Mexican food in a lifetime. You can also use your homemade tortillas as a pizza base, make tortilla pinwheels or whip up tortilla casserole (I’m getting hungry!)

Once you learn the process of making your own homemade tortillas, it will become an obsession. You might even ask why you settled for store-bought tortillas in the past. 

How to make flour tortillas

Follow along as we make tortillas from scratch. Aside from the ingredients, you will also need a large mixing bowl, a griddle or skillet, a rolling pin or a tortilla press. Order a cast iron tortilla press online

Make sure you have fun and you’ll have the most flavorful tortillas in under 30 minutes.

About 12 flour tortillas
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt (preferably fine sea salt)
  • 1 cup of hot water (very hot but not boiling)
  • ⅓ cup refined coconut oil or vegetable oil
Directions making flour tortillas:

1. Mix the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and sea salt in a bowl
2. Add hot water and coconut or vegetable oil to the mixture
3. Stir well until you have a dough
4. Make sure the dough is supple so it’s easier to knead
5. Knead the dough for 1 - 2 minutes using your hands
6. Cover the dough and leave the dough rest for 10 minutes
7. Form the dough ball in 12 equal sizes
8. Put some plastic or waxed paper on either side of the dough ball to prevent it from sticking to the tortilla press
9. Flatten each dough ball using a tortilla press or any flat-bottomed pan that you can find in your kitchen. Most people prefer the thin flat tortilla, but you can also make thick ones (that’s one advantage of making your own tortillas!)
10. You’ll have 12 pieces of 6-inch tortilla
11. Now you’re ready to cook the tortillas

Directions for cooking flour tortillas

If you have prepared homemade corn tortillas before, you know that flour tortillas are cooked the same way. It is better if you cook the tortillas after making them. But if you prefer to cook another time, you can cover the dough with cling wrap and refrigerate for 48 hours.

If you are ready, let’s start cooking:

1. Place your skillet or griddle over medium-high heat
2. Remove the plastic from the tortillas
3. Put the tortillas piece by piece in the hot skillet
4. Cook each tortilla for about 30 - 60 seconds on each side
5. You’ll know the tortilla is cooked when both sides are slightly toasted and you see golden brown spots on the tortillas
6. Be careful not to burn the tortillas. If your skillet becomes too hot, lower the temperature or put it off for a while.
7. Put the finished tortillas in a tortilla warmer or a clean plate
8. Cover with clean dish towel or kitchen towel to keep the tortillas warm and avoid drying out
9. Enjoy your freshly cooked tortillas

You can eat the tortillas immediately after cooking. If there’s anything left, allow them to cook completely, store in a plastic bag or airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. To reheat, use the griddle or skillet. It’s your decision if you want to pop them in the microwave oven, but the stovetop method is preferable. 

Don't buy when you can cook 

When you make your own meals, you can play around with a variety of ways to prepare them. You can make tortillas of different sizes. Make them thick or thin. In place of coconut oil or vegetable oil, you can use butter or avocado oil. Use a combination of oils if you want. 

Skip the store-bought bagged tortillas you used to have. Learn the simple way to prepare soft and chewy homemade tortillas. Your family deserves the best taquitos, the crunchiest tostadas, and the most flavorful burritos from your kitchen. And it all starts with the perfect homemade flour tortillas! 

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