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Homemade Flour Tortillas

If you’ve never made homemade flour tortillas before, you’re missing out on the softest and most tender flour tortilla you’ve ever had in your life! I can’t go back to store-bought tortillas now that I’ve made my own flour tortillas!

Homemade Flour Tortillas are way better than store-bought and so easy to make. Recipe on

Homemade Flour Tortillas are way better than store-bought and so easy to make. Recipe on

Something must be wrong with me. Everyone has been praising House of Cards and everyone has told me that I have to watch it and how addicting it is. This past weekend, my entire Facebook newsfeed was filled with statuses of people binge watching the newly released season two of House of Cards and/or of people who were, like me, watching it for the first time but subsequently getting hooked on it. I, on the other hand, felt as if I couldn’t watch anything more boring. I gave it three episodes and I finally just gave up and went upstairs to go to bed. Jason says he likes it and continued to watch it further but I really just couldn’t get into it. I guess I really don’t like political shows. My friend told me it’s kind of like West Wing back in the day, but I was never into that show nor cared for it so I guess I should’ve known I wouldn’t be into House of Cards either. It’s not as corrupt and dramatic as I want it to be. It’s nothing like Scandal or Homeland. Jason thinks I don’t like it because a lot of what goes on in the show is beneath the surface and not in my face kinda stuff. He’s probably right. I like crazy action!

I don’t know, maybe I’m not giving it enough of a chance, but I also don’t like shows that take forever to get into. Scandal took me three episodes (almost gave up on that, too; thankful I didn’t). Friday Night Lights, Nashville, and Homeland took only one episode for me to get hooked. I feel like shows need to hook you in the first episode. I don’t want to question my time investment in the show. I don’t want to force myself to keep watching and then be pissed off I wasted my time when I could’ve been spending my time doing something else. Downton Abbey lost me on the first episode so I have since stopped watching it. I guess that’s what bothers me – why do some shows take so long for you to get into and if it does take a few episodes to get into, how are people coming back for more if the first episode didn’t leave them with anything? I understand shows need to give you background info and grow the characters so you can get invested in them, yadda yadda, but sometimes it’s just dragged out too long for me. I’m just not cut out for slow-paced shows that take forever to get to the drama. I wish I could have the three hours I wasted on Saturday night back, lol

Totally not digging at anyone who loves House of Cards – it just isn’t for me and I tried so hard to like it! Argh :)

Homemade Flour Tortillas are way better than store-bought and so easy to make. Recipe on

Homemade Flour Tortillas are way better than store-bought and so easy to make. Recipe on

I can’t believe I’ve never made homemade flour tortillas until now. What was I thinking? They’re so incredibly easy (like ridiculously easy) and they taste SO MUCH BETTER than store-bought. They’re way softer and way more tender. I know that’s a weird word to describe a tortilla, but they were! I could’ve used one as a warm blanket. Ok, maybe not that far..but seriously, I feel like any Mexican dish would be elevated to the next level by using homemade flour tortillas. I don’t ever want to buy store-bought again. Next time, I’m going to make a large batch of these homemade flour tortillas and then freeze them! Pretty sure when you make these yourself, you won’t ever want to go back to those store-bought kind. They’re just not the same. Trust me.

Once you’ve made these homemade flour tortillas, you should use them for these recipes:

Homemade Flour Tortillas
Recipe type: How-To
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Serves: approx. 16 tortillas
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix on low for 30 seconds until dry ingredients are incorporated.
  2. With the mixer running at medium speed, add the vegetable oil and warm water.
  3. Continue to mix on low until mixture starts to come together and starts to form a smooth ball.
  4. Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and divide dough until you get approximately 16 fairly equal portions then shape each portion into a ball then gently, using the palm of your hand, flatten out the dough.
  5. Cover flattened dough with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 15 minutes before proceeding.
  6. After dough has rested, heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Roll each dough piece into a 6-inch diameter circle on lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin. Do not stack uncooked tortillas on top of each other.
  8. When the pan is hot, place one dough circle in the middle of the pan and let cook for 1 minute OR until the surface of the dough starts to bubble and the bottom starts to brown. At that point, flip it and cook the same way on the other side, but for slightly less time, 20-30 seconds. You want the tortilla soft and to have little brown spots on it. You don’t want to cook the tortilla too much that it becomes crispy.
  9. Place cooked tortillas on a plate. You can stack them on top of each other to cool.
  10. If you’re freezing them, wait til the tortillas are completely cool before storing them in a ziploc bag. If you using them immediately, go for it!



  1. I have the same thing with House of Cards. It just doesn’t work for me. And tortillas – I am honestly planning on during them for over a year now. And then I keep forgetting. I am pinning this recipe so I won’t forget to make it this week. I live in Berlin, where you can see tortillas everywhere around and it’s so easy to buy them. But homemade is always better.

  2. 02/17/2014 at 7:30 am

    If it compares at all to West Wing like your friend said, then I’ll definitely pass lol. Wasn’t a fan of that one either. But these tortillas?! They’re gorgeous and clearly need to be in my plans sometime soon :)

  3. 02/17/2014 at 8:23 am

    I love homemade tortillas, and yours look absolutely perfect!! So fluffy and decadent, I need them so bad!

    PS. House of Cards, no way. I tried and I can’t even. His fake southern accent? ugh, gross.

  4. 02/17/2014 at 9:09 am

    I’ve now made corn tortillas twice and both times failed miserably. Maybe I should try flour ones instead- these look SO good! I love House of Cards but I can see that it’s not for everyone!

  5. 02/17/2014 at 10:11 am

    OMG. these tortillas Julie- I have made them homemade before- but it has been years and years. I will have to go that route again! As for House of Cards- I still haven’t seen it- but my goodness people are obsessed!

  6. 02/17/2014 at 10:24 am

    I’m the same way with shows. Everyone and their brother loved Breaking Bad. I watched about 8 or so episodes and hated it. I watched one episode of Scandal and was bored, but I may give it another chance. It’s funny how tastes differ. I am stoked about the show Resurrection coming up, but I saw on Twitter where some folks thought it was creepy and they absolute wouldn’t watch. I’m the weirdo! I really want to make homemade tortillas! You make it sound so easy!

  7. 02/17/2014 at 11:04 am

    I love homemade flour tortillas! You are correct once you make them at home there is no going back!

  8. 02/17/2014 at 11:21 am

    I’ve never made my own tortillas but now I know just where to start – these look incredible!

  9. jjmcgaffey
    02/17/2014 at 11:36 am

    Is it baking powder or baking soda you use? These look delicious – I’ve had freshly made tortillas at restaurants, and tender is exactly the right word. I’m going to love making my own!

    • 02/17/2014 at 5:01 pm

      Sorry, my brain wasn’t fully functioning when I was writing this. It’s baking powder! Thanks for checking! Hope you make it :)

  10. 02/17/2014 at 1:41 pm

    Love this recipe, Julie! I need to make homemade flour tortillas soon. I’m not into House of Cards (never watched it and hardly ever watch TV), but people do become obsessed with their favorite TV shows! So sorry Downton Abbey didn’t catch your fancy. I think for some of us, we are fascinated with the era and did not mind waiting during character development. Thanks for sharing!

  11. 02/17/2014 at 3:28 pm

    Homemade tortillas simply cannot be beat. Yours look perfect!!

  12. 02/17/2014 at 4:46 pm

    Yum I can’t wait to try these, they look super easy too!

  13. 02/17/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Homemade are the BEST!

  14. 02/17/2014 at 7:13 pm

    I love making homemade tortillas, I especially love eating them when they are warm!

  15. 02/17/2014 at 9:22 pm

    I’ve never made homemade tortillas, but these look so fluffy and soft – that it really makes me want to try it!

  16. Homemade tortillas are on my to do list this year, there is a little restaurant in old town San Diego I have been to that has the best homemade tortillas, it really puts store bough to dreadful shame! And so funny I was going to start House of Cards this weekend cuz its “so good” but I couldn’t be bothered to!! And Scandal is amazing I can’t wait for it to start again!! :)

  17. 02/17/2014 at 10:01 pm

    These look like a stack of down comforters. I want to wrap myself in one they look so amazing!

    It’s funny because I hate politics but love political shows like The West Wing and Scandal. All of my friends have been pressure HOC but, like you, i need to be hooked pretty quickly.

  18. 02/17/2014 at 11:42 pm

    These tortillas look so tasty! It’s about dang time I make my own because I hear they’re amazing. Pinning and making soonest!

  19. 02/17/2014 at 11:47 pm

    For as mush as I make Mexican and food using tortillas you would think I would be making my own by now, but no. Now it is time because these look so good!! Homemade always rules!

  20. 02/18/2014 at 12:07 am

    We have house of cards about 5 episodes, then called it quits. I’m AM an ardent West Wing lover though, mostly b/c I have a total woman crush on CJ Cregg. Yeah, I went there.
    PS. You called me out. I need to make my own tortillas. Stat.

  21. 02/18/2014 at 9:33 am

    I love homemade tortillas. :) Yours looks so soft and delicious. :)

  22. 02/18/2014 at 10:01 am

    I’ve been wanting to try homemade tortillas for a while now. I’m having a dinner party on Saturday with a Mexican theme so what better time to give it a try? These look awesome!

    Question, I saw on your FAQ what camera and lens you shoot with but I am curious, do you use a tripod for your food photos? If so, do you mind sharing which one?

    • 02/18/2014 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Jenna! These would definitely be perfect for your dinner party on Saturday! :) to answer your question – I have a tripod but I rarely shoot with it. The brand of my tripod is a Zeikos!

  23. 02/18/2014 at 10:38 am

    I just love homemade tortillas, way better than store bought that’s for sure. I love how fluffy yours are!

  24. 02/18/2014 at 11:19 am

    I had the same thing with House of Cards. I’m halfway thru episode 2 and haven’t gotten “hooked” yet, but I’ll be giving it another shot this week. These tortilla’s look amazing! Homemade doesn’t even compare to store bought. Yum!

  25. 02/18/2014 at 11:36 am

    I’ve always wanted to try making tortillas! (and yes, I just sounded out Tortilla like Napoleon Dynamite). These are gorgeous!!

  26. 02/18/2014 at 11:58 am

    These look so yummy and fluffy! I used to press these, at a Mexican restaurant I used to work at, with premade dough. I never knew how easy the dough was to make! Thanks for sharing!

  27. 02/18/2014 at 12:22 pm

    Glad to know someone else is on the Scandal bandwagon!

  28. 02/18/2014 at 1:20 pm

    Ohhhhh. I really need to make homemade tortillas!

  29. 02/18/2014 at 2:11 pm

    oohhh great minds think alike, ’cause I just made these too :)

  30. Kathrine
    02/18/2014 at 2:43 pm

    If you thought they were good with vegetable oil…next time try lard… I know it sounds off-putting to many people, but they elevate the flavor even more.

    • 02/19/2014 at 8:00 am

      Interesting, thanks for the suggestion!

  31. 02/19/2014 at 1:44 pm

    My husband started House of Cards last week & is already a few episodes into the second season – he is absolutely hooked. I’ve overheard a few episodes when he’s been watching, & i can tell it isn’t for me. He LOVED West Wing (he’s watched the entire series several times), so it’s right up his alley.

    Scandal & Nashville both hooked me in the first episode, but so did Downton Abbey – the characters were so intriguing to me. Another one that hooked me right away was Sons of Anarchy – LOVE. Two of my siblings are obsessed with The Walking Dead – we’ve finished the first season & are a couple episodes into season 2, & I think I’m too scared for it to keep me hooked lol!

    • 02/20/2014 at 4:17 pm

      Haha, I can’t do the Walking Dead, but I think we’re going to start on Game of Thrones soon, although I hear that it takes a bit to get into as well. Sigh

  32. 02/19/2014 at 1:45 pm

    My husband started House of Cards last week & is already a few episodes into the second season – he is absolutely hooked. I’ve overheard a few episodes when he’s been watching, & i can tell it isn’t for me. He LOVED West Wing (he’s watched the entire series several times), so it’s right up his alley.

    Scandal & Nashville both hooked me in the first episode, but so did Downton Abbey – the characters were so intriguing to me. Another one that hooked me right away was Sons of Anarchy – LOVE. Two of my siblings are obsessed with The Walking Dead – we’ve finished the first season & are a couple episodes into season 2, & I think I’m too scared for it to keep me hooked lol!

  33. 02/20/2014 at 1:50 am

    Homemade flour tortillas has been on my bucket list for so long and I still haven’t gotten around to it. I don’t know why – something is always getting in the way, but you’ve totally convinced me to try it SOON!

  34. Erica
    02/20/2014 at 4:08 pm

    Yum! I’m making these tonight and hope there is extra for some sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.

    Try watching the show, Call the Midwives. It’s on Netflix and is fantastic!

    • 02/21/2014 at 7:01 pm

      I hope you enjoyed this, Erica!

  35. Tiffany
    03/12/2014 at 4:43 pm

    Hi, I’ve been wanting to make flour tortillas for a while now. I found your recipe from Pinterest and the photo caught my eye! Plus, the “Table for Two” got me clicking on that for sure! I am a single mom of a picky child, and it is just the 2 of us. I can’t try new recipes if it’s made for a big family….just think of how much goes to waste if neither one of us likes it! Anyway, I have a question…you said to use a stand mixer with a dough hook. I do not own one, I only have the cheap mixer that I have to hold with my hand. Will it work? What kind of mixer do you have? I know Kitchen Aid mixer is probably one of the best, I’ve heard plenty of raves about them. However, we live in a small apartment that I cannot afford to get a bulky appliance to take up more space…or should I? What is your suggestion? Thanks! I was going to make the tortillas today but stopped when I saw the part about the dough hook. I’ll wait and see what you say. Thanks! Tiffany

    • Julie
      03/13/2014 at 8:43 am

      Hi Tiffany! I’m so glad you found me! I wouldn’t use the hand-mixer – I don’t think it’s powerful enough for the dough. Honestly, a large bowl with a wooden spoon and your hands will work just fine! You can even just use your hands to make the dough :) as for the KitchenAid mixer question: if you bake a lot then it’s a great investment. It’s so much more powerful than a hand-mixer so it can make large batches of dough way faster. I remember the first time I got mine, I made a batch of cookies in 10 minutes! It took forever with the hand-mixer! Hope that helps! Enjoy the tortillas :)

  36. Laura
    03/17/2014 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for this recipe, I have been wanting to make homemade flour tortillas forever, but have been so afraid to try. I watched my mom try to make them growing up and they were a disaster! Tried the recipe last night and they were perfect, a new staple in our house!

    • Julie
      03/17/2014 at 8:47 pm

      I’m so glad this recipe worked out for you, Laura! Homemade flour tortillas really make all the difference!

  37. Leanne Hayward
    03/19/2014 at 6:51 pm

    Hi, does anyone know if using a gluten free flour mix works just as well. My wee boy (19 months) has gone off sandwiches so I thought I might give these a go – they look so good :D

    • Julie
      03/20/2014 at 8:20 am

      Hi Leanne, I think it’ll work just the same!


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