Homemade Flour Tortillas

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

    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 tablefortwoblog.com

    Homemade flour tortillas

    These are truly the softest and most tender flour tortillas I’ve ever had.

    I never truly thought to make homemade flour tortillas because it’s just so much easier to pick up a pack at the store when you’re in a pinch.

    Of course, that’s where you sacrifice quality, right? Convenience sometimes is greater than quality though but if you have the time, I implore you to make these homemade flour tortillas!

    You may never want to just “run to the store” for them again!

    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!

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

    Can I make this gluten-free?

    If you use gluten-free flour, yes.

    Can I make this with a hand mixer or use my hands?

    Yes, you can use either but I would say a hand mixer might not work as great as your hands!

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

    Can I substitute the oil for lard or another fat?

    You can but make sure it’s measured melted.

    My dough keeps shrinking when I stretch it.

    Let it sit out at room temperature longer.

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

    How long are these good in the refrigerator?

    Definitely at least a week and max of two weeks.

    How would I reheat them?

    Put them on a plate and wet a paper towel, wring it, then cover the tortillas when you reheat them so they don’t dry out.

    Or you could use gentle heat in a toaster oven to reheat them.

    Can I sub out the flour for cornmeal to make corn tortillas?

    I honestly haven’t made it that way before so I’m not sure if the consistency would be right and whether or not they would actually form a dough.

    Can I freeze these?

    Yes, they would do well frozen and to reheat use a toaster oven or gentle heat in a skillet.

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

    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.

    Homemade Flour Tortillas

    Homemade flour tortillas are the way to go! Fluffy, soft, and tender; these are definitely 100 times better than store-bought!
    Prep Time: 30 mins
    Cook Time: 2 mins
    Total Time: 32 mins
    Servings: 16
    Calories: 122kcal
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    Ingredients

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup warm water

    Instructions

    • 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.
    • With the mixer running at medium speed, add the vegetable oil and warm water.
    • Continue to mix on low until mixture starts to come together and starts to form a smooth ball.
    • 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.
    • Cover flattened dough with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 15 minutes before proceeding.
    • After dough has rested, heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Place cooked tortillas on a plate. You can stack them on top of each other to cool.
    • 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!

    Notes

    Source: The Cafe Sucre Farine
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Flour Tortillas
    Amount Per Serving (1 tortilla)
    Calories 122 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 5g 8%
    Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Protein 2g 4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says:

    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.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    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 :)

  • Claire Gallam says:

    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.

  • kelley {mountain mama cooks} says:

    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!

  • Heather Christo says:

    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!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    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!

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective says:

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

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

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

  • jjmcgaffey says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

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

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    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!

  • Marie @ Little Kitchie says:

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

  • Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina says:

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

  • Maria says:

    Homemade are the BEST!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

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

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen says:

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

  • Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    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!! :)

  • Chrissy says:

    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.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

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

  • Tieghan Gerard says:

    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!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    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.

  • Amanda says:

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

  • Jenna @ Eat Drink Pretty says:

    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?

    • Julie says:

      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!

  • Layla @ Brunch Time Baker says:

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

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely says:

    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!

  • Megan {Country cleaver} says:

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

  • Danielle @ TheCharmItSpot says:

    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!

  • David at From Ballparks to BBQ says:

    Glad to know someone else is on the Scandal bandwagon!

  • Marla Meridith says:

    Ohhhhh. I really need to make homemade tortillas!

  • Francesca says:

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

  • Kathrine says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

      Interesting, thanks for the suggestion!

  • Desiree Bennett says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

      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

  • Desiree says:

    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!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    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!

  • Erica says:

    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!

    • Julie says:

      I hope you enjoyed this, Erica!

  • Tiffany says:

    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 says:

      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 :)

  • Laura says:

    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 says:

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

  • Leanne Hayward says:

    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 says:

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

  • Hayley says:

    Wow I will definitely try these-they look gorgeous!

  • Melanie says:

    I found your homemade tortilla recipe via Pinterest over the weekend and made them tonight for Cinco de Mayo. Thank you for sharing—they are to die for!!! I didn’t need all sixteen tortillas, so I’m going to try freezing them and see if I can use them later on. Have you had any success with that? By the way, I made these to go along with the Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers recipe for Spinach Cheese Burritos (to which I add pinto beans). Amazing.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Melanie! So glad you loved the homemade flour tortillas!! I haven’t tried freezing it but I know others have and it works well! :)

  • Julia says:

    Oh, thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!! I have just finished making these and my husband type fella exclaimed “hey, the look real!!! Only better!” (seriously??? what did he think they were going to look like???? Polar bears?)
    Why have I never made these before?? So simple, so inexpensive, so tasty! These are now a go to favourite…. tonight, they will be lovingly turned into chicken enchiladas. Though I have the feeling I may need to make a second batch as there are a variety of fingers that keep tearing pieces off…. a sure seal of approval if my sons are begging for “just one more little piece mum!”

    • Julie says:

      Haha, I’m so glad you guys loved this! I definitely love how soft they are!!

  • hash.trey5 says:

    I made this twice and it was a success, i used these for pizza

    • Julie says:

      That’s a great idea!

  • Angel says:

    Super easy and super good. Made these twice. My picky hubby loves them too. This is definitely my go to tortilla recipe for sure

    • Julie says:

      Awesome, Angel!

  • KatyM says:

    i’ve made homemade whole wheat tortillas before and they were just OK. So I was a bit skeptical about this recipe. Because I didn’t have enough AP flour, I used 1 1/2 c AP and 1 1/2 c WW flour. They were fantastic! My hubby raved, and my 5-year-old ate two. So tender. This recipe is a keeper!!

    • Julie says:

      Yes! I LOVED how tender these were! I’m so glad this recipe ended up being a keeper for you!

  • Emmy says:

    these looked so good but they didn’t work for me I think it was the olive oil instead of vegetable oil… they were super dry.

    • Julie says:

      Yeah, next time, I’d suggest using vegetable oil like in the recipe! I think that might’ve been the issue too. Glad you figured it out.

  • Donna says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe, very easy to follow, learned as I went along how to roll out in circles. Tastes great, made baked and fried tortilla chips and steak quesadillas outta them!!

  • CrUnchymamA says:

    amazing! I ate 7 out of the 16 tortillas. ? couldn’t get enough! This will become the permanent and ONLY recipe card for our tortillas. So happy I found it on Pinterest, the picture drew me in. Thank you for sharing!

  • Natalia says:

    Made them today! They were really very tasty!
    And what I liked the most was the dough: so easy, soft and elastic to work with. And it is possible to roll out the tortillas incredibly thin without tearing them up.
    I used corn oil so my tortillas got even a touch of corn taste.
    With chicken shoarma, garlic sauce and tons of fresh vegetable: unforgettable snack!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Ahhh! These were so good and a hit with my family. I tested these out, took some photos and shared your recipe! Thank you so much for this lovely treat. :)

  • Caroline says:

    I am interested in using lard or Crisco, do you know how much I would use? I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Julie says:

      I would melt the lard or Crisco then measure 1/3 cup of it when it’s in liquid form.

  • Rachael says:

    I just tried to make these and my dough was a bit stiff. I follwed your ingredients to the tee. When I heated them up,they turned into lethal frisbees?
    Any idea what i may need to do?Also does it matter about room temperature? I always have my hoise at 63F.

    • Julie says:

      What a bummer! I’m not quite sure what would make that happen, my only thought is that perhaps you overworked the dough. House temperature shouldn’t matter. We have our house temperature at 72.

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