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Homemade Tortillas

I usually have to double this flour tortilla recipe because we go through them so quickly. The homemade tortillas are so tender and chewy, you’ll never use store-bought again after learning how to make tortillas. —Kristin Van Dyken, Kennewick, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 tortillas


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  • In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in water and oil. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Divide dough into 8 portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7-in. circle.
  • In a greased cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook tortillas over medium heat until lightly browned, 1 minute on each side. Serve warm.

Homemade Tortilla Recipe Tips

Do I need a tortilla press to make this recipe?

No, you don't need a tortilla press to make this tortilla recipe. Although this Mexican cooking tool does create uniform, round, thin tortillas, a rolling pin works just as well.

Why don't my flour tortillas puff up when cooking?

Tortillas may not puff up if they are too thick or are cooked on a low temperature. Aim to roll out thin, even rounds into a 7-inch circle and cook over medium heat. Watch us make this flour tortilla recipe to see how!

What recipes can I make with flour tortillas?

Flour tortillas can be used in many recipes, like bean and cheese quesadillas, fold-over tortilla bake, or pretty ham pinwheels. And don’t forget classic tacos made with seasoned taco meat!
Nutrition Facts
1 tortilla: 159 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


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  • grandmaabbott
    Feb 23, 2021

    This was my first time making them. I think I tolled them too thin. The recipe said to spray the pan. I thought it meant before cooking each tortilla. My stove on medium was too hot also. I finally stopped spraying before cooking each one and cooked them on low. Not too bad for my first attempt. Will make again. I loved the texture of the dough with the oil.

  • Jane
    Feb 22, 2021

    Hi, I want to sub the regular flour with a gluten free. Can I use spelt/almond/oatmeal flours?

  • Jean
    Jan 30, 2021

    Has anyone tried this recipe with almond flour?

  • Catherine
    Jan 26, 2021

    Who knew!?! So simple and easy. Followed recipe as is and they turned out beautifully -cooked on my Starfit non stick crepe pan that I got for Christmas.

  • Sharon
    Jan 24, 2021

    I have made this recipe twice now. They are excellent. It will be challenging to by store bought Tortillas again.

  • Martha
    Jan 24, 2021

    So EASY and delicious. I am never buying tortillas again!

  • Adriana
    Jan 12, 2021

    Tortillas are so easy to make. It’s funny some comments talk about adding baking powder which is not an ingredient of authentic tortillas. The kneading process along with the correct temperature of the comal is what makes the perfect tortilla. Authentic tortillas do call for lard which can be substituted but most definitely do not call for baking powder. Adding baking powder makes more a pita thick then stiffen unlike the soft flexible texture of a tortilla.

  • 5239
    Jan 12, 2021

    Good tortilla recipe. We always enjoy making tortillas using.other's recipes. We used bacon grease as our mother taught us & sometimes Farmer Johns lard. Both gave a very nice flavor. I still make them that way. I've even tried using butter which does add a very good flavor. If you try using salted butter don't add much more salt. Thanks for letting me share.

  • Amanda
    Jan 12, 2021

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  • Alan
    Dec 9, 2020

    Perfection! Sometimes I whittle the amounts down to just make a single tortilla.