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Homemade Flour Tortillas

by Emma on March 8, 2012

in Bread

I’m on a bread making mission this year. Trying to make 52 breads this year. That’s a bread every week. In case you weren’t sure. :)

Honestly, I’m starting to think I may have bitten off more than I can chew on this project. But I’m just going to keep going. I mean, worst case scenario I end up learning to make a ton of delicious bread and… well, that was sort of my goal anyway… so, it’s a win win situation all around.

This past weekend I decided I wanted to try to learn to make homemade flour tortillas. It was really fun-as with most loaves I made I don’t get to use my rolling-pin. I used a recipe I found on Tasty Kitchen (love that site).

Needed: 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/3 cup oil (I used vegetable) and 1 cup warm water.

In a bowl mix together the flour, salt and baking powder. Pour in the oil and mix with your (clean) hands until it is well incorporated and crumbly. Pour in the water and combine until a dough forms. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and roll out as thin as you can! Cook in a cast iron pan or non-stick pan on medium heat for a minute or two on each side. It will puff up a bit as you cook. Enjoy as tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc.

xo. Emma


Mere March 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I would never think about making flour tortillas! Those look so good. I have a goal to cook at least one new recipe a week for the next year. So far so good. This is a real challenge though! Great job!

Kacie @ Gorge in the Gorge March 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Yum. These look so easy! Where have I been? I’m making these as soon as possible.


p.s. I started a food-specific blog called Gorge in the Gorge ( if you feel like taking a peak. =)

Maïlys March 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

that’s a good challenge. I know I’m not determined enough to make that kinda things happen.
Anyway, I really love your photos. Whether (do I spell it right?) it is food, your home, yourself. I particularly love the soft and brightening light.
Do you have any tips?
Have a good afternoon (off to bed in that part of the globe)

shannon March 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Yum! Handmade tortillas are SO much better than store-bought ones. I have never tried making them myself before, but you’ve inspired me to give it a go.

Nikki March 8, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Ohhhhh, this is great. I live overseas and we only have pre-packaged tortillas so these will come in handy. Will definitely try them out.

Chanda March 8, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Wow those look like legit perfectly constructed tortillas! I’m impressed. I don’t think I even know of 52 breads. That’s my goal. Think of 52 breads this year.

Corrie Anne March 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm

What in the world?! I had no idea how easy that was!!! I love it!!

Sandee March 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Great idea! Most brands in the grocery store have nasty hydrogenated goo in them. No bueno! BTW, i just made my first delicious southwest egg rolls!!! they were simply yummylicious! Thanks!

Mireya March 8, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Wow! I must admit they look great :) I’m mexican and I’ve never tried to make handmade flour tortillas ’cause we can find them here everywhere as well as the ones with corn (which I prefer). I guess I could follow your example and learn how to make it by myself, someday I’ll succeed. Buen provecho!

Bettina March 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Yummm! I recently started following your blog and I feel like every time I read one of your posts I end up having to pin it!

Regina Smith March 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

Wow your post sure brought back some fun memories. I used to make homemade tortillas as an afternoon snack for me and my friends when I was in high school (quite a while back… I might add). I may just have to give it another go!!! Thanks!

teddi March 9, 2012 at 2:32 am

homemade tortillas, are like doughy delicious warm out of the pan, party in my mouth, goodness! somebody looked hot in their librarian inspired outfit today, & it wasn’t me. i’m sure the boys will come a running.

Margherita March 9, 2012 at 4:16 am

I’m really happy that you’re on a 52 weeks bread recipe challenge because that means a lot of awesome recipes for us!
Now that I know how to make tortillas I will stop buying that awful stuff at the supermarket…

Krystal March 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

They look delish! Homemade tortillas always take me back to my childhood. My grandma used to make them for my sister and I when we were kids. I loved eating them with a little bit of butter on top. I’ve tried making my own and, while they’re okay, I have never been able to make them quite like hers. I think I was somewhat spoiled to them. And I’m not much of a fan of the store bought kind…. just not anywhere near as good. But I will definitely give this recipe a shot, thanks for sharing it! :)

Margje March 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Perfect timing! I just thought about making my own flour tortillas and that I needed to find a recipe and here it is! Awesome (:

Shermika March 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I think it’s time for me to try my hand out at making some bread! You are so inspiring and I love how these tortillas turned out. They look super easy and good.

Emilia March 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

These look delicious and surprisingly easy, I’ll have to try them soon. I love making my own bread, but I haven’t been able to do it in quite some time, communal living makes it a bit impractical to take over the entire kitchen to let bread rise/knead it/etc.

Good luck with your goal on making 52 breads, it may be challenging, but it certainly sounds fun! :)

Jami @monstermamas March 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Wow these look about a million times better than the last batch I tried to make LOL. I think perhaps mine were a bit too “watery”. I am going to try this one asap as I see it has a few changes from the one I tried.. hopefully that will help my doomed tortilas hehe. i’ve had my eye on a tortilla press at the local cooking store that I’m still trying to convince my husband I absolutely need in my life so maybe actually making them properly will sway his decision lol.

meredith March 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

homemade tortillas are my fave! although my recipe has way fewer ingredients. hmmm… either way, these look yummy :)

konner March 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Wow, that actually sounds really easy… bread intimidates me because I find yeast mysterious and wacky. Any bread-like recipes without yeast are wonderful to me!

I hope you make challah sometime this year! It makes the most awesome French toast when it’s a little stale.

Gwen March 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Here’s a version I tried with vegetable shortening:

Going to try your version for sure!

Mel Julie March 11, 2012 at 4:27 am

OH MY GOODNESS. I made these yesterday… im eating the last one now. delish.

Mel Julie March 12, 2012 at 2:05 am

I had to make another batch – and this time added dried Mexican oregano to the dry ingredients… was so yummy!

Vicky March 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I’m definitely going to try these!
My boyfriend and I love chicken wraps/tortilla’s, so it would be so good if I can make this myself :)
Thanks for sharing!

Sarah March 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Very easy but so delicious. Ate it with Chili con carne. Thanks for the post and good luck with your bread project.

Best wishes
Sarah from http//

Sisters' project March 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I took the freedom of translating this recipe into Swedish on my blog, namely, converting cups into decilitres :) Made them today and they turned out great, thanks for sharing. Oh, and also my friend told me that if you pour a tablespoon of water into the pan before you put the bread in, and then cook the bread until the water is gone, the breads become softer, which is preferable if you wanna roll them up as burritos.