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Fresh made tortillas on a white plate from Flour Tortillas Recipe.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

There is nothing like a Homemade Flour Tortilla when it is warm, soft and flavorful. These tortillas are perfect for making Carnitas, Soft Tacos, Quesadillas or wraps.
Course Bread
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Healthier Flour Tortillas, Homemade Flour Tortillas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 tortillas
Author Heather


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt


Mixing the Dough

  • In a large mixing bowl stir together flour and salt.
    Stirring Dry Ingredients for Homemade Flour Tortillas
  • Add water and oil to flour and stir until well combined.
    Adding Oil and Water to Dry Ingredients for Homemade Tortillas

Knead the Dough

  • Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
    Dough for Flour Tortillas Before Kneading
  • Knead dough until soft and smooth, approximately 2-3 mins.
    Kneading Dough for Flour Tortillas

Resting the Dough

  • Form the dough into even ball.
    What Kneaded Dough Looks Like For Flour Tortillas Before Resting
  • Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest for 10-15 mins.
    Flour Tortilla Dough Resting with a Clean Dish Towel Covering It

Forming the Tortillas

  • Using a large knife or bench scraper, evenly cut dough ball in half. Roll each half into a ball shape again.
    Cutting Flour Tortilla Dough In Half
  • Cut each ball into 8 pieces (16 total).
    Dough Portioned Out For Individual Flour Tortillas
  • Lightly flour hands. Working with one dough ball at a time, form into disks.
    Forming Flour Tortilla Dough Into a Disk
  • Roll out disk using a lightly flour rolling pin.
    Using a Rolling Pin To Roll Out Flour Tortillas
  • The shape of the tortilla will look rustic (not an even circle) and will be approximatley 8 inches in diameter.
    A Rolled Out Flour Tortilla Before Cooking

Cooking the Tortillas

  • Heat a cast iron or heavy bottomed stainless steel pan over med/high heat. As each tortilla is rolled out immediately add directly onto pan (no need for any oils for cooking sprays).
    Adding Uncooked Flour Tortilla To a Heated Pan
  • Cook on the first side until tortilla begins to bubble, about 1- 1/2 mins.
    Cooking the First Side of a Homemade Flour Tortilla
  • Turn over and cook other side of tortilla for about the same amount of time. A cooked tortilla will have light to darker golden spots on both sides.
    Cooking the Second Side of a Homemade Flour Tortilla
  • To keep tortillas soft transfer to a tortilla warmer once cooked or stacked on a plate( if using a plate, cover tortillas with a clean dish towel). Serve warm.
    A Stack of Fresh Homemade Flour Tortillas


Please use as many organic ingredients as possible.