Homemade Flour Tortillas

homemade flour tortillas

Homemade Flour tortillas are a staple in Mexican cuisine and have become increasingly popular around the world. These delicious, soft, and pliable flatbreads are made from wheat flour, water, salt, and fat, and are used in a variety of dishes, from tacos and fajitas to quesadillas and burritos.

History of Flour Tortillas

The origins of flour tortillas can be traced back to Mexico, where they were first made by indigenous peoples. Tortillas made from corn were already a staple in the indigenous diet, but wheat flour was introduced to Mexico by the Spanish during the colonial era. The Spanish quickly saw the potential of wheat flour and began making flour tortillas, which were easier to roll and fold than corn tortillas.

Flour tortillas quickly became popular in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, where they were used as a convenient and portable food for ranchers, cowboys, and soldiers. Today, flour tortillas are widely available and are enjoyed by people all over the world.

Making flour tortillas is relatively easy, and requires only a few ingredients. The key to making delicious tortillas is to use high-quality flour, and to knead the dough thoroughly to develop the gluten. My family and I love Mexican food so it’s often on the menu. Whether it be tacos, quesadillas, taco salad, burritos or something else. We love it. If you want to make your own flour tortillas, which in my opinion are better than store bought, then this is a simple recipe. You do need to make sure you give yourself an hour because you have to rest the dough. This is very important.

There is nothing wrong with using store bought, but IF you have the time, then try these, you won’t be disappointed. Many flour tortilla recipes call for the addition of a leavener such as baking powder or baking soda. I do not use either and I doubt that traditionally they were used either.

Uses for the best Homemade Flour Tortillas:

  1. Tacos: Fill tortillas with your favorite taco fillings, such as seasoned ground beef, shredded chicken or beef (as above), or grilled vegetables.
  2. Quesadillas: Layer cheese and other fillings between two tortillas, and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  3. Fajitas: Fill tortillas with sizzling strips of grilled steak or chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, and your favorite toppings.
  4. Burritos: Wrap tortillas around a filling of rice, beans, meat, cheese, and vegetables, and bake until heated through.
  5. Wraps: Use tortillas as a wrap for sandwiches or salads, adding your favorite ingredients for a portable and delicious meal.
homemade flour tortillas

Flour Tortillas

A Delicious and Versatile Staple of Mexican Cuisine, these easy flour tortillas are soft and tender.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
resting time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Breads Buns and Rolls, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 tortillas


  • 1 tortilla press *or rolling pin


  • ¼ cup shortening (melted) *or lard
  • ½ cup plus 3 Tbsp, hot water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1-2 cups all purpose flour * 1 cup then add as much as you need to make a slightly sticky dough. I used about 1.5 cups plus more for dusting


  • In a medium bowl melt the shortening or lard (if using) and add the hot water and salt.
  • Gradually add the flour mixing to give you a slightly sticky dough
  • wet your hands and turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for 7-8 minutes until it is smooth. It should still feel slightly tacky, but not sticky
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30-40 minutes to build the gluten and make the dough more elastic. If you don't rest it long enough your dough will spring back or shrink when you try and make the tortillas
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and let rest again a further 20 minutes.
  • Once rested 20 minutes roll each dough ball lightly in flour then flatten into a disc and either roll out with a rolling pin, or use your tortilla press.
  • pre heat your pan in the last 5 minutes so it is very hot. Make sure you hear sizzling and see bubbles form almost immediately. If you don't your pan isn't hot enough yet.
  • Once you see a few bigger bubbles, flip the tortillas to cook the other side, remove and cover with a tea towel while you cook the rest.
  • Once cool, you can transfer to a plastic storage bag. they will keep on the counter for 2-3 days or fridge for a week.
Keyword easy recipe, flour tortillas, Mexican, tortillas
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