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Homemade Flour Tortillas

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Homemade Flour Tortillas only need 5 (including the water) ingredients to make. Make them in advance and use them instead of those store bought tortillas that you have no clue what’s in them.

2 pictures of flour tortillas, above and a side picture of a stack of tortillas

Just to be up front with you. This was the first time I made homemade flour tortillas from scratch. And to be honest I thought I would have to do it several times before I posted it. I was shocked and proud all in the same moment. What an easy tortilla recipe if I say so myself.

I made these flour tortillas without a press. How? A rolling pin. Does it take more time, yes. But, I had to make it this way at least one time. I tend to challenge myself, even when I don’t need to. Next time I bet I’ll use a press.

How to make flour tortillas…What to do

Just make the dough using all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, shortening and hot water. Let it rest for 20 minutes. Then roll them out and then cook them. The time sucker here it splitting the dough and then rolling each individual tortilla. Once you’re past that stage, each tortilla takes 2 minutes max to cook.

Ingredients to make flour tortillas. Flour, salt, baking powder and shortening. Water not pictured.

How long do flour tortillas last?

Believe it or not, flour tortillas last longer than bread. Flour tortillas last a week in a pantry and 3-4 weeks in a refrigerator. You can make these way ahead of the game. Make them to have something to grab and snack on.

What can I use flour tortillas for?

Melt some cheese on them. Make Wraps, like the ones I made, Popcorn Chicken Wraps. Make burritos, or enchilada. How about some sopapillas??

I didn’t use homemade flour tortillas on my recipes I just listed above, but you can always substitute them whenever time is on your side. The good news is with a homemade flour tortilla recipe, you will always know what ingredients are in it. Right?

Tortillas fanned out on parchment paper

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homemade Flour Tortillas – only need 5 (including the water) ingredients to make. So many uses for tortillas!!
Course Appetizer, Appetizers, Side Dish, Sides, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword easy flour tortilla recipe, flour tortilla recipe, homemade flour tortillas, tortillas without a press
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Rest Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 7 minutes
Servings 16 Tortillas
Calories 123kcal


  • Rolling Surface (Mat)
  • Rolling Pin
  • Skillet (regular or cast iron)


  • 3 Cups Flour, all purpose can use unbleached
  • 1 Tsp Salt I used Himalayan
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Shortening Could use lard
  • 1 Cup Hot Water


  • Stir together flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Using your hands, mix shortening into the flour mixture. Should look like chunky crumbs.
    Flour, Salt,, baking powder, and shortening in a bowl.
  • Slowly add the hot water into the mixture until the dough forms. (using your hands or a spatula)
    Tortilla mixture after adding water.
  • Remove dough from bowl and place on floured surface. Knead the dough until smooth. 3-4 minutes.
    Tortilla dough after kneading.
  • Divide into 16 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a ball. Place on baking sheet/dish.
    Tortilla dough divided into balls
  • Cover with plastic and let rest for 20 minutes.
    Tortilla Dough balls covered with plastic, resting
  • On your floured surface, roll out one of your balls to about 8"-9" round flat "tortilla" shape.
    Rolled out tortilla on a mat
  • Preheat a skillet on medium heat. About halfway through rolling your tortillas.
  • You can place these on wax/parchment paper. Do not stack on top of each other.
  • Place one of the rolled doughs in the sprayed preheated skillet and cook 45 secs to 1 minute. Until you see bubbles start to form. (I used avocado spray)
    Tortilla in skillet cooking first side
  • Spray the top side of the tortilla then flip and cook the other side about the same time, until you see the bubbles. The bubbles/spots should be golden. Place on plate and repeat the process for the remaining "doughs".
    Overhead view of stack of flour tortillas




Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg


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