Homemade (Soft) Flour Tortillas

Recently, I’d been making my own little version of toasted chicken wraps for my brother and father, and within two days we’d run out of flour tortillas (yup, the chicken wraps are that good. Recipe coming soon!). I think only a food blogger can find joy when a certain food product runs out, like when my house “ran out of” animal crackers and I had eagerly decided to make a homemade version.

Because when life gives you flour, make tortillas! And take step-by-step pictures. :)

Unlike store-bought pita bread, the store-bought flour tortillas are actually pretty good when it comes to making a taco or burrito of some sort, so I wasn’t sure how these would turn out. If you have any doubts, throws them out the window, because these tortillas get 5 stars for taste and 20 stars for how easy they are! Usually when you deal with bread, you have to deal with yeast and a high-temperature oven. This wonderful creation of a bread, however, is leavened by baking powder and heated on the stove in a skillet.

Before I made these, my mom told me she was going to buy from the store whether I made them or not. After I made these, my mom told me to make another batch, double it, and to never buy from the store again. Don’t you love converting people to home-baked goodness?

Oh and bonus? Four ingredients (not including water). Yup! These are so simple and quick to make, I think these even managed to the beat the perfect pita bread!

Mix it all together and you have a beautiful piece of dough!

After you split the dough into equal-sized balls, take a ball of dough and flatten it with your rolling pin.

See how flat it is? Literally flatter than a pancake. It’ll poof up ever so slightly once you heat it up.

Place it in the preheated skillet…

Let it get all bubbly and then flip

And finally, enjoy perfection!

Homemade Flour Tortillas (loosely adapted from allrecipes.com)
Makes 12 large, thin, and soft tortillas

  • 6 cups of flour (you can use whole wheat if you want to make whole-wheat tortillas)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening (I used vegetable shortening)
  • 2 and 1/4 cups hot water

Directions

  1. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Mix in the lard with your fingers until the flour resembles cornmeal. Add the water and mix until the dough comes together; place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few minutes until smooth and elastic. Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  2. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Use a well-floured rolling pin to roll a dough ball into a thin, round tortilla. Place into the hot skillet, and cook until bubbly and golden; flip and continue cooking until golden on the other side.
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24 Responses to Homemade (Soft) Flour Tortillas

  1. Tanvi says:

    These tortillas look so soft and really pro.I like homemade tortilla too mainly because I m scared that the store bought use lard.

  2. I love soft flour tortillas! I’m definitely trying these. Great post!

  3. Faith says:

    Mmm, homemade anything is so much better! I’ve made my own tortillas before, but with yeast…I love your version with baking powder…definitely trying this! :)

  4. Tine says:

    Looks great! Never made my own tortillas before.
    Easy to make!

  5. oneordinaryday says:

    This is gorgeous. Seriously, I’ve wanted to try to make tortillas and other things just keep pushing them to the end of the list. I’d definitely go for the whole wheat version though, then I don’t have to feel bad for wanting to eat so many wraps. :)

  6. Megan says:

    We eat tortillas all the time and never before have I thought of making my own! This is absolutely great and it looks so easy. Love it!

  7. I adore the homemade tortillas! Yours looks absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Sally says:

    You’ve inspired me to try these this weekend. Great idea.

  9. lena says:

    oh gosh! your tortillas look awesome, next time i shall try making my own instead of getting them from stores!

  10. Mary says:

    These look wonderful. I love how thin you were able to get these. You did a much better job that I do. Mine are always too thick. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  11. Simply Life says:

    oh these look PERFECT!!

  12. Victoria says:

    Do you think this would work with butter instead of shortening? I’d love to try making flour tortillas from scratch sometime. It definitely looks a lot easier and less time consuming than other breads :)

  13. Joanne says:

    I am SO impressed that you made these! I have always wanted to make tortillas but have always been a bit intimidated. These are perfect!

  14. Wow, these look absolutely beautiful! Almost exactly like the ones from the store, brava!

  15. I have never tried to make my own! I am actually very excited about this and they look so easy. I have a few friends coming over for snacks this afternoon and I think I will whip up a batch to serve as a wrap.

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  17. These look very impressive – I particularly like the breezy instruction to ‘place it in a preheated skillet’ after having rolled it to within an inch of it’s life – that’s generally the point where I hit a wall with pastry (i.e. getting the rolled out shortcrust on top of a pie and not on the floor)!

    I’m also wondering how well these would freeze – and if they were best frozen in pastry form or already cooked, anyone got a suggestion?

    Anyway great blog!

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  19. fatisrecipes says:

    If I don’t want to eat these straight away, how should I store them til evening so they stay soft??
    And can I use vegetable shortening, does it make a difference?

    Thanks for this awesome recipe!!!

    • Yes, I actually used vegetable shortening…I just added it now to the post!
      If you want to store the tortillas, just put them in a closed ziploc bag and they should be fine :)

  20. oeuf says:

    Why did you do this to me? Now that I know how easy it is to make tortillas, it’s all I’m ever going to eat. Good bye, proper nutrition. Good bye, all the flour in the house.

    At least you can put anything inside of them. That is potentially healthy, right?
    Cxx

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