Flour Tortilla Recipes


I am currently living in Vietnam, where they don't sell tortillas in the supermarket. Street Tacos have been my biggest craving since moving. So, I had to figure out how to make my own tortillas. This is a super easy recipe and they turned out delicious.



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


  1. First mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Then add the oil and the warm water.
  3. Mix with a wooden spoon until a ball is formed.
  4. Flour your working surface and knead the dough for 2 minutes.
  5. Place the dough ball back into the bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
  6. Now, pull off ping pong sized portions from the dough ball and roll them into little balls and place them on a plate.
  7. Once all the little balls are formed place a kitchen towel over them and let sit another 10-15 minutes.
  8. Now its time to roll your tortillas out. On a well floured surface flatten out the balls with your fingers. Cover your rolling pin with a thin layer of flour and roll out dough. You will want them pretty thin, otherwise they will be too doughy. Roll out then flip and rotate the tortilla and roll out again. Continue to do this until it is round and evenly thin. It takes a little practice to getting them round, but even cattywampus tortillas are delicious tortillas!
  9. Heat up your pan on medium high (cast-iron pans are best).
  10. Before putting your tortilla in the pan, wipe off any extra flour on the tortilla. Heat on the ungreased pan for about 1 minute then flip and heat for another 30 seconds. You will need to play with the temperature. If it is too hot your tortilla will burn in spots and if the heat is too low your tortilla will crisp before you get any browning. We want these to come out soft with light browning.
  11. Eat immediately or put them in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge to use with in the next few days. They do dry out pretty fast, so you will need to warm them up in a pan with a little oil.
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I posted a tortilla recipe a few years ago. Now I am back with an even better recipe. This is super easy, and only takes a few minutes to make the dough. After the dough rests, the resulting tortillas are soft and do not crack when folded. What I like most about this recipe over the old one I posted is that these can be stored in the fridge and don't dry out. Now, all I need is someone to teach me the trick of rolling out round tortillas!

Homemade Tortillas piled on a cuttingboard

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July 24, 2004

There are a lot of items you can make yourself. I usually stock up on tortillas when they are on sale at the store. I have had success freezing them.

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Mix together and let rise 1 hour. Roll out with flour to 1/4 inch thick. Use 3 inch bowl to make circles. put meat filling in each, fold over and pinch edges together.

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September 8, 2009

How do I make homemade flour tortillas?

By Lynda from Tampa Bay Area, FL


September 8, 20090 found this helpful

Homemade Flour Tortillas

1 3/4 cups flour
3 tablespoons shortening or lard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup warm water

With a pastry dough blender or back of fork, blend flour, baking power, salt and shortening, until it resembles coarse meal. When well combined, slowly add water until soft dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes.

Separate into 10 portions for small tortillas and 6 portions for large tortillas, and roll each one out approx. 1/8 inch thick. Place on a preheated skillet and brown on each side. Adjust size for burritos, tacos or other uses.

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Flour Tortillas
6 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup shortening
2 to 2 1/4 cups water
Cut shortening into flour and salt. Add water 1/2 cup at a time, stirring with a fork until dough comes together. Knead dough until soft and smooth. You may need to add more water if dough is too dry or more flour if dough is too sticky. Knead dough for about 5 minutes. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Pinch off walnut size piece of dough and roll into a circle. Do a few at time to stay ahead as tortillas are cooking. Place uncooked tortilla on a hot, ungreased griddle until edges appear dry and underside is starting to brown. Turn tortilla and continue cooking. Remove to plate covered with a towel to keep warm.
Makes 3 dozen tortillas. Keep unused tortillas in a sealable, plastic bag in the refrigerator. To reheat, place on hot griddle, wrap in foil and place in warm oven, or heat for 15 seconds in the microwave oven.

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2 C all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. shortening or lard
2 Tbsp. warm water 90-110 degree

Cut shortening or lard into flour until it has consistency of cornmeal. Add warm water a little at a time like you would for pie crust. until it forms a fairly sticky ball in bowl. Turn out onto floured surface, sprinkle flour on top and kneed until it is soft and springy to touch, about 20 times. Divide dough into about 2 to 3 inch balls.

Reflour surface lightly dust flour on dough pin and roll out to approximately 1/16-1-32 in thick. I use a round cake pan as a guide for cutting shape. Place in hot ungreased cast iron skillet for 45-60 seconds then flip and toast opposite side.
Fill with desired fillings and serve, or for a crispy shell fry in skillet till golden brown. Good Luck

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January 3, 2017

Although it may take some practice, it is possible to make both corn and flour tortillas at home. You may find that you like them better than store-bought brands. This is a page about making homemade tortillas.

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Someone had a recipe for flour tortillas awhile back, it only had, I believe, 3 ingredients: flour, water, and - I don't remember. If anyone has this recipe, I sure would appreciate it.

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