Homemade Flour Tortillas

How to make how to make the best homemade flour tortillas. Tips and Tricks for the best flavor and how to keep the tortillas soft and pliable. These flour tortillas work perfectly for our easy chimichangas and beef barbacoa!

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Homemade Flour Tortillas Recipe

We go through tortillas in our house like they are made of water. Maddie’s favorite breakfast is tortillas spread with peanut butter, then rolled up with a drizzle of maple syrup. She has this every day for breakfast unless I’ve run out of tortillas! I only recently started trying to make flour tortillas at home. I didn’t realize how easy they were! They take a little bit of time to roll out, but otherwise are an easy recipe to try. And the taste? SO much better than store bought!

What are flour tortillas made of?

Flour tortillas are made of all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, lard and water. Basic ingredients for a simple flavor. That simple flavor allows the meats that you fill them with to shine through!

Can you substitute butter for lard in tortillas?

Lard works best in this homemade flour tortilla recipe. If I don’t have lard on hand, I use shortening. And if all else fails, I use butter. Butter will work, but we find lard is what works best for us.

How do you make homemade tortillas?

  • We use a food processor to put the dough together quickly. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a stand mixer or hand mixer. Just be careful not to over knead the dough.
  • The dough will be sticky when you are done mixing it. Add just enough flour to be able to handle the dough. It should still be tacky while you knead it.
  • You won’t need to knead the dough long. Just work it a minute or two so that the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Divide the dough into dough balls…smaller balls for tacos and larger balls for burritos. Cover the dough balls with a damp towel for about 15 minutes. This allows the dough to rest and will give the tortillas a delicious texture!
  • Lastly, cook the tortillas. Traditionally tortillas are made in a comal which is a flat cast iron skillet. (Find them here.) Cast iron works great but you can also use any skillet. They only take a total of 30-40 seconds in a hot skillet. Be sure the skillet is preheated so the tortillas don’t stick. About 15-20 seconds on each side is all you’ll need!
  • Wrap the tortillas in damp paper towels as soon as they are done cooking. This is so the tortillas don’t dry out. If you want soft tortillas, don’t skip that step!

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Whole Wheat Tortillas

We have successfully switched out half of the flour for whole wheat flour in this recipe as it is. If you want to make 100% whole wheat tortillas, you may need to adjust the water and lard slightly. We’ll come back and update if we try that!

How to Store Tortillas

These tortillas are ok at room temperature for about 12 hours. After that, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will get moldy quickly if you leave them out!

How to Reheat Tortillas

To reheat the tortillas, allow the oven to heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wrap the tortillas in aluminum foil and heat for 5-7 minutes or until the tortillas are as warm as you’d like.

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Serve up these fresh flour tortillas with your favorite meat filling and some pico de gallo or salsa verde!

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Tools to Make This Recipe

  • Ninja Food Processor: This blender/food processor system can do it all! We use ours for everything from smoothies to milkshakes to crushing ice to chopping veggies.
  • Tortilla Warmer: Simple white color for a pretty display.
  • Pastry Roller: I like using this small roller for tortillas and other pastries.
  • Pastry Mat: This silicone mat keeps your cupboard clean and makes rolling out pastries so easy.
  • Comal Cast Iron Pan: Perfect for making tortillas!
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soft tortilla recipe

Homemade Flour Tortillas

4.91 from 21 votes
How to make how to make the best homemade flour tortillas. Tips and Tricks for the best flavor and how to keep the tortillas soft and pliable. 
Servings 15
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup lard (or shortening)
  • 1 1/3 cup hot water

Instructions
 

  • Add the flour, baking powder salt and lard to a food processor.
  • Pulse several times until the mixture becomes coarse crumbs.
  • Add the hot water. Yes, be sure the water is hot!
  • Pulse again until a sticky dough forms.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and knead on a flour dusted pastry mat several times. The dough will be sticky so add a little flour on your hands while kneading. Don't add too much flour. The dough should not become hard. It should remain slightly tacky to the touch. Knead just until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Divide the dough into 15-20 dough balls, depending on the size you'd like the tortillas.
  • Dampen a cloth towel and cover the dough balls. Let them rest for about 15 minutes.
  • Allow a skillet to get hot over medium-high heat.
  • Use a floured pastry mat and roller to roll out each dough ball. The dough should be about the thickness of a dime. Turn the dough 90 degrees often while rolling to get a circle.
  • Once the skillet is hot, place the rolled dough into the skillet and let it cook for 15-20 seconds. Flip the tortilla and allow it to cook for the same amount on the other side.
  • Line a plate or tortilla warmer with damp paper towels. Place the cooked tortilla on the warmer or plate and cover with another damp paper towel. This ensures that your tortillas stay soft and pliable. 
  • Store the tortillas in the refrigerator. 
  • To reheat, wrap the tortillas in foil and warm them in a 350 degree oven until they are heated through to your liking.

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 15, with 1 serving being 1 tortilla. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 87mg | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Bread
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 114
Keyword flour tortilla recipes, homemade tortilas, mexican recipes, taco tuesday

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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paul
2 years ago

5 stars
cool. I like to eat them plain, fresh off the griddle. So delicious.

William
2 years ago

Lard shortens the gluten strand much like shortening does. Oil you have to over kneed to break down the gluten strands. Hope this helps

Lori Brock
2 years ago

Can you roll these out the day before and put parchment paper between them and cook them the next day?

Helen
2 years ago

5 stars
Hi,

Your recipe sounds great and I’m going to try it. I’ve never made flour tortillas at home but do, eat them daily. Just wanted to mention, you can easily reheat flour tortillas on top of a gas stove in about 15 seconds. Place the tortilla on the burner, turn on the flame to high – or close to it, flip the tortilla with the tips of your fingers every few seconds, and done.

Thank you again, for your great recipe. Can’t wait to try it!!!

Anonymous
2 years ago

5 stars
This recipe is so good ten out of ten I would recommend these and would make theses again

Veronica
2 years ago

Do they remain soft and pliable even after they have cooled off

Stacy
2 years ago

5 stars
I have tried soooo many recipes and I would say this recipe is by far the best. They taste just like my Tia Linda would make. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Anonymous
2 years ago

5 stars
These tortillas are really good and I’ve made them numerous times, but can I save the dough and cook it the next day?

G.See
2 years ago

I used a tortilla press but when I pulled it off to put it on the comal, the tortillas would shrink up. My tortillas ended up not soft and thicker like flatbread. The flavor is good, but I was expecting thin soft tortillas. Also, the damp paper towel was sticking to my cooked tortillas. I don’t think I would try this recipe again.

Kathy Holle
2 years ago

What do I do when the dough is sticky after kneading it

Jan
1 year ago

How long can the dough be stored in the refrigerator?

Janie Martinez
1 month ago

5 stars
The best tortilla recipe I have so far found and tried and absolutely like! I have tried many recipes and this has been my dream come true!

Shelly
1 month ago

5 stars
what a lovely dough to work with! I wrapped my tortillas in saran wrap immediately after removing from the skillet and they stayed soft creating their own moisture. A very delicious tortilla recipe, thanks