How to make flour tortillas. These are so easy to make, just about as easy as the homemade corn tortillas. However these are not gluten free so beware if you have gluten intolerance. Are you ready to how to make tortilla wraps? Let’s get started!
When I buy store bought tortillas I am always amazed at how they almost always have the same size, coloring and taste. Every tortilla is exactly the same, which is impossible with these homemade ones.
Just like with all homemade recipes it will taste different every time but that just add to the charm of cooking I think.
Homemade flour tortillas are very versatile and can be used in many different ways. They are the base of the Mexican kitchen but they are also used in a lot of other South American countries.
This tortilla wrap recipe is made with organic spelt flour as they have a nice taste but any white or whole wheat flour will do just nicely.
If you want to learn more about all the different types of tortillas and flatbread take a look at my How to make tortillas the ultimate guide.
Flour tortillas ingredients
Making flour tortillas is so easy all you need are four ingredients and you are ready to make your own tortillas:
- Flour (whole wheat flour, all purpose flour or spelt flour)
- Olive oil
- Warm water
How to make flour tortillas by hand
As with the corn tortillas start with quality flour, salt, warm water and the 4th ingredient is a little oil. Use good quality olive oil but vegetable or sunflower oil also work really well.
Knead the dough thoroughly and let it rest for at least 30 minutes or longer. Then split the dough in smaller dough balls the size of a golf ball. This recipe yields about 8 homemade Mexican flour tortillas so make 8 dough balls.
Roll a dough ball with a rolling pin on a floured surface in a round shape. If you want to have them all the same size you can take a lid and cut away the excess dough or use a tortilla press.
When you use a tortilla press and want really thin tortillas, you still need to roll them with a rolling pin as the dough is more elastic than the dough for corn tortillas and more likely to spring back.
Bake the flour tortillas in a dry skillet or pan on medium to high heat. As a soon as the tortilla starts to puffs up turn and bake the other side. Again wait until the tortilla puffs up and brown spots become visible the flour tortilla is done.
It takes about 1 minute to cook per each side before a tortilla is done and ready to serve or be stored.
Making tortilla dough
When making homemade wraps you can choose to make the dough by hand or with a kitchen machine.
Making dough by hand
When making the tortilla dough by hand you need a little more time. Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix the ingredients.
When a dough comes together transfer the dough to a cutting board or a flour covered kitchen counter and knead the dough by hand.
It makes a consistent and elastic dough but still a little rustic as it requires more kneading by hand compared to a kitchen machine.
Let it rest and knead the dough once more before you start rolling the tortillas.
Making dough using a kitchen machine
When making the dough with your kitchen machine you have a number of advantages:
- It is way faster to make the dough in a kitchen machine. In less than a minute you have assembled the dough
- When making dough in the kitchen machine you will get a more elastic dough compared to making it by hand. As you want to roll really thin tortillas you should have elastic dough which is easier to obtain when using a kitchen machine
If you have a kitchen machine I would recommend making the dough with it. It is more cleaning but the dough is much more flexible and elastic compared to making the dough by hand.
If you do not own a kitchen machine you can still get an amazing dough it will just take a little more time and manual labor to make your dough.
Lard vs shortening vs oil
You can make your tortillas with a number of fat sources like lard, shortening or oil.
According to traditional tortilla recipes it should contain lard as the source for fat when making tortillas. It results in ultra soft, tasty and thin tortillas.
However if you are vegan the use of lard is not an option as it is made from animal fat. There are a number of types of lard hydrogen, back lard and leaf lard. The leaf lard has the most neutral flavor.
Another down side of lard is that it is not as widely available as shortening or oil.
Shortening like oil is a plant based product. It has a similar consistency as lard or butter and is solid at room temperature. As with lard you get a very soft, elastic dough when use vegetable shortening in your dough.
Is more widely available compared to lard. If you are vegan you can use shortening in your tortillas.
Olive oil is also a plant based ingredient. It works really well in tortilla dough. It isn’t solid so it is easier to combine in a dough then lard or shortening.
Although traditionalist may say that tortillas made with oil are not really tortillas.
Tortillas not holding shape
One of the most important steps when making tortillas is resting the dough. It gives the gluten time to activate.
If you do not let the dough rest long enough and start rolling the tortilla it will most likely spring back and not hold its shape.
So it is really important to let your dough rest. To see if it has rested long enough, roll a tortilla if it springs back let the dough rest some more.
It is possible that due to circumstances (room temperature, humidity, etc) your dough doesn’t always responds the same. So it is possible that sometimes your dough is to wet or to dry. Adjust your dough accordingly.
How to store flour tortillas
There are a number of ways to store homemade flour tortillas:
- You can keep them outside of the refrigerator in e.g. a plastic freezer bag. You can keep them for about 2 to 3 days
- As with corn tortillas keep them in the refrigerator in a ziplock bag and they are ready to eat for about a week
- Freeze them in a plastic bag for 2 to 3 month. This is the best option because you know you can’t go wrong with freezing
Other flour tortilla recipes
The Tortilla Channel is full with delicious flour tortilla recipes. A small selection of recipes:
- French toast tortilla – easy breakfast recipe with egg and fruit
- Simple shredded chicken enchilada – made with homemade wraps and pulled chicken
- Turkey ranch pinwheels – delicious snack made with tortillas and turkey
- Sweet bunuelos – a sweet dessert made with cream cheese and tortilla wraps
- Apple pie taquitos – An all time favorite with apple pie filling and tortillas
See how to make flour tortillas
Want to see how to make fluffy flour tortillas with 4 ingredients? Watch the instruction video below. It is one of the easiest tortilla wrap recipes you will find:
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Want to learn how to make flour tortillas yourself? In this recipe I'll show how easy it is in simple steps. A video is includes to follow along.
- 1 cup of spelt flour
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup warm water
- 2 tablespoon oil (olive oil or sunflower oil)
- Put the flour in a bowl
- Add salt
- Add ½ a cup of warm water and stir. Add the remaining water until consistent
- Add the 2 tbsp of oil and knead the dough until it is smooth and consistent
- Let it rest for 30 minutes
- Divide into eight small balls and roll them on a floured surface with a rolling pin
- Warm a pan or skillet on medium to high heat
- Bake the tortilla for about a minute per side or until it bubbles up and has nice brown patches
You can decide to use only spelt or all-purpose flour Store in the refrigerator or in the freezer
Calories: 94; Fat: 2.3g; Carbs: 15.4g; Proteins: 2.5g;