Homemade Tortillas Recipe
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Homemade Tortillas Recipe

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I usually have to double this recipe because we go through these so quickly. The tortillas are so tender, chewy and simple, you’ll never use store-bought again. —Kristin Van Dyken, West Richland, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 159 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in water and oil. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Divide dough into eight portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7-in. circle.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned. Keep warm. Yield: 8 tortillas.

How-To: How to Make Homemade Tortillas >

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Other fats work in place of olive oil. Traditionalists use lard, but shortening or coconut oil can be used as well. Just cut it into the flour before kneading.
  • Relax springy, hard-to-roll dough by resting it a few more minutes.
  • The key to making tender tortillas: Keep a keen eye on them and adjust cooking time or temp as needed. If they're too crisp, reduce heat a notch, or stop cooking a few seconds earlier.
  • For homemade chips, cut tortillas into wedges and bake at 350 degrees until crisp. Add a touch of oil and seasonings of your choice: We love sea salt and chili powder.
  • Originally published as Homemade Tortillas in Taste of Home June/July 2010, p36

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    ChristiLowell User ID: 5910506 264599
    Reviewed Apr. 12, 2017

    "Love! Just made these last night and I was very happy with how easy they were and how great they tasted. I was skeptical after reading some reviews, but after looking through other recipes I decided to go with these because all ingredients were on hand and it seemed like a low-risk trial. So happy! I did use warm water per reviewers advice - and found out you really only have to cook for about 10 - 15 seconds a side (I used a hot cast iron skillet wiped with oil) - otherwise just followed the instructions. My boyfriend kept referring to them as "clean food" - lol! I guess because they didn't come out of a package!?"

    jamespat4 User ID: 8811058 259765
    Reviewed Jan. 16, 2017

    "I tried this recipe but alas, fail. You need lard. The olive oil gives a terrible texture and taste. We've been making tortillas for years. Sometimes too they are like crackers. They also taste terrible unless you eat them fresh. not good."

    Ben User ID: 9020090 259286
    Reviewed Jan. 6, 2017

    "Great Recipe, I just have one little trick. I use warm water when I mix the Ingredients together. In my opinion it makes them perfect. And for those who say the Recipe isnt good. It just takes prectice, Tortillas are a little difficult at first. You have to make it a few times before they start turning out amazing."

    srhutson User ID: 2962364 257644
    Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

    "Really good crackers!"

    vegan4life User ID: 8950897 255193
    Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

    "So easy and delicious!"

    OneGypsyTraveler User ID: 8915949 252851
    Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

    "This works perfect with coconut oil in place of olive oil, and has a higher smoking point. BTW, use a cast iron pan, med low heat and don't oil the pan. Works perfect and your tortillas are better for you too."

    Celine Zavanella User ID: 8903933 252037
    Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

    "Eee! They turned out great! I took the advice of another reviewer and added 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/8th tsp of vinegar. They rolled out great, cooked great, and tasted very authentic to me (for those of you who grew up around Tex-Mex or the like, stay away or else you will be disappointed). For those of us trying to get away from the overly processed stuff at the store, this recipe is a great find!"

    Moses^felan User ID: 8903822 252034
    Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

    "I'm from San Antonio I know what tortillas are, real tortillas, i figured I'd try this recipe but with all due respect it was a disaster.... first flower was not fixed right, use tortilla flower mix or find a better way to make the mix itself"

    LdnDeveloper User ID: 8891888 250289
    Reviewed Jul. 10, 2016

    "This was my first attempt in making tortillas and the family loved it. I did two things differently. The first was to substitute one cup of flour with whole wheat flour and second, I cooked them directly on top of my gas burner to get a little char and flavour similar to a good restaurant. Outcome was a happy family!"

    Emilee Smith User ID: 8854930 248019
    Reviewed May. 9, 2016

    "I am 13 and just made these fantastic tortillas! They were very soft and chewy. These are 100 times better than normal tortillas. Thanks for this simple yummy snack."

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