Making Homemade Flour Tortillas is much easier than you think and the result is so much more delicious than store bought!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Last week I posted the perfect homemade pizza crust recipe and promised you that it blows store bought crust out of the water. I am going to have to say the same thing about these tortillas…once you make them, it is nearly impossible to go back to store bought. These tortillas use only 5 ingredients (two of which are salt and water, which I know you already have!) and don’t require any special tools other than a food processor. I always thought I would need a tortilla press to make these, but I was wrong! A rolling pin does just as good a job as a tortilla press ever would.

You may not think you have the time to make these, but honestly, they take only half an hour, which is how much time I would have spent running to the grocery store to buy tortillas. Since I always have the five ingredients on hand, this recipe comes together quickly without any grocery shopping in advance.

This is the third time that I have made these, and every time I serve them, everyone is always so impressed and wants to know how they are made. So if you are looking for a way to spice up taco night, I urge you to try these. They are so simple and easy and make your Mexican meals so much more delicious.

How to make homemade flour tortillas:

Homemade Flour Tortillas
Source: Seeded at the Table

3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 heaping tablespoon salt
5 tablespoons butterm softened (you may substitute shortening, lard, or olive oil, but I haven’t tried it)
3/4 to 1 cup water


Using the dough hook, pulse the dry ingredients in the food processor for about 5 seconds until crumbs form.

Homemade Flour Tortillas


Homemade Flour Tortillas
Scrape down sides of the bowl and run food processor while slowly streaming in the water. When a cohesive ball forms and begins traveling around the bowl, knead for another 30 seconds. If the dough ball is too sticky, add a little more flour until workable. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface or pastry mat.


Homemade Flour Tortillas
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. It is easiest to do this by using a kitchen scale. If weighing, each ball should be about 2 oz. If eyeballing it, each ball should be about golf ball sized.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Cover the dough balls with a clean kitchen towel for 10 minutes to let rest. Preheat a heavy skillet or frying pan to medium high heat. When 10 minutes are up, begin by rolling out one dough ball at a time into a thin round disc. Keep the other balls covered while you work.
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Put your flattened disc into the skillet and cook on both sides for about 10-15 seconds or until small bubbles form and are golden brown. Don’t overcook or they will become too chewy. Transfer to a flat surface to let cool.
Once cool, you can serve immediately, or store. Store in a sealed zip loc bag for up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to a month.  Before serving, bring back to room temperature or warm slightly in the microwave.
Homemade Flour Tortillas

I had a question about the pastry mat I use, so I thought I’d share. In both this recipe and in the pizza crust, I use this Conimar Pastry mat. This mat has been one of my favorite purchases because its so big, doesn’t slip, cleans up well, and gives such a great surface for rolling out dough. I pull this out to use so much more than I ever expected. Here is the link if you are interested! (Affiliate)

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20 thoughts on “Homemade Flour Tortillas

    1. I felt the same way, I thought that they must be impossible to make! I’m so glad I tried them and realized just how easy they are! I hope you give them a try, please let me know if you do! I will be stopping by your site as well!

    2. These look great. Sometimes I have a warm tortilla as a snack. Please come share at the Bacon Time linky, if just started over this morning 🙂

  1. Earlier this week I began preparing the ground beef for tacos only to realize that we had no tortillas! If I had read this then, we could have had tacos! Instead, I made a fabulous homemade hamburger helper!

    Pinning this to make my own tortillas! Thanks!

  2. I am such a homemade girl, so of course, I love this. Your pictures are very clear and love the step by step directions. P.S. Love the look of the blog, very cheerful feel to it. Stopping by from the Blogging Bunch Support Group. Following…

  3. I am featuring this on Tasty Tuesday tomorrow! Thank you for linking up last week! Make sure you stop back by, link up and grab a featured button!

    Julia @ Mini Van Dreams

  4. These look so good and so much fresher than the supermarket versions!! Stopping by via the Boost your Post Facebook party!! V@ Sprout’s House xox

  5. I love homemade flour tortillas. I have never tried to make them. We visited San Antonio a last year and ate at a Mexican restaurant. They had homemade flour tortilla that they brought to the table once you sat down. I thought I was going to be sick from eating so many. They were truly YUMMY!
    Thanks for stopping by and linking up at Saturday Dishes.
    Diane Roark
    recipesforourdailybread com

  6. I’ve been looking for a recipe for homemade tortillas, and this is exactly what I need! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

  7. I love your tutorial on how to make these tortillas! It’s makes them seem so easy that I’m going to have to try them.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe at Saturday Dishes. I’m pinning, and also featuring your post in a Cinco de Mayo roundup on Friday!

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