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Homemade Tortillas

Homemade Tortillas

From the first time I made tortillas, I’ve never eaten store-bought since. It’s hard to buy them without saturated fat so these are doubly worth making – better health and beyond better taste. You’ll need a cast iron pan & a rolling pin. Always aerate your flour before measuring. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 8 eight-inch tortillas

Homemade Tortillas

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons oil (I use canola or olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup hot water (I use hot tap water - about 125-130° F)

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, salt, & baking powder in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the oil with a spoon until well distributed.
  3. Stir in hot water.
  4. Transfer to a flat surface and knead for about 30 seconds until it forms a smooth ball.
  5. Start preheating an ungreased cast iron pan to medium-high.
  6. Cut dough into 8 equal pieces.
  7. Form each piece into a smooth ball.
  8. Roll each ball super thin. Try to use very little or no flour as this helps the dough stick to the counter a bit so it's easier to roll thin.
  9. Place each one in the hot pan and cook about a minute, turning once with tongs or a spatula. You can press down any large bubbles.
  10. Place immediately under a clean kitchen towel.
  11. Once they cool, keep refrigerated in airtight Ziploc bag.

Note: To make whole wheat tortillas, use half whole wheat pastry flour and half all-purpose flour.

Wondering how to keep tortillas soft? Go to the "How To..." category in my blog.

Homemade Tortillas

83 Comments on "Homemade Tortillas"

  1. Annie Plum

    very good and easy, thanks!

  2. Hajar

    Jenny!
    This recipe is our family’s go-to recipe! My sister and I have made it so many times we make it without measuring. They come out fluffy and delish every.single.time.

  3. Yvonne

    Thank you for making it so easy and they taste wonderful!! Will not buy from store anymore!! Never ever again!!!

  4. Lydia

    So good

  5. Lydia

    I made it so good no more story only homemade find Jenny can cook thank you

  6. julie

    what the temperature of hot water please?

    • Jenny

      I’m glad you asked and I added that to the recipe – it’s around 125-130°F.

  7. Tricia C

    Jenny,

    Just found your website. Love all the videos and recipes. You’re terrific. Just made the tortillas. I live in San Diego so tortillas are a staple down her (right next to Mexico). But I wanted to make my own. Also, right off the grill is always better. Well, they came out great. All the hints you gave were spot on. I’m very pleased with myself and will be making them often. I’ll be checking out all your other recipes as well. Thanks!!

  8. KathyB

    I’ve made these 3 times now and get better at it every time. I never thought I could make something like this until I saw your video. They are so yummy that I can’t imagine eating store bought flour tortillas again. I use them for tacos and quesadillas, but sometimes I scramble some eggs in the morning and eat them wrapped in one of these with a little salsa. Even though I’m using oil they seem to taste buttery in a simple cheese quesadilla, nothing like the plain blah flour taste of store bought.

    I actually have fun making these tortillas and it’s a bit of a challenge rolling each one. They are all unique and are rarely round, sometimes they look more like the shape of my state of Oregon, but the taste is wonderful regardless. Thank you so much for putting this out there.

  9. Gina Brown

    Hi Jenny..i often see you comment to aerate the flour…what does that mean?

    • Jenny

      Please see Flour Basics under the Questions category at the top.

  10. shi hui

    I just make tortillas but i cannot roll it to thin skin. The dough need to rest for some time? I use non stick pan to pan fry it. It turn nice but there is no bubble
    when frying. Can I know why? must I use a cast iron to fry or anything go wrong.

    • Jenny

      If you can follow this recipe exactly, you should get a good result. Roll them as thin as you can and you need a very hot pan, which is why it should be cast iron. Non-stick is not made to be heated to such a high temperature when dry. They say it is not safe to heat non-stick pans very high. When you say “fry” make sure you are not using any oil. They should be cooked on a dry, very hot, cast iron pan. (You may find the tortillas easier to roll if the dough rests for 10-15 minutes)

  11. Aarifah Khan

    Amazing you have really inspired me to cook

  12. Wesam

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I love it and made it several times .also had taco’s with this recipe and a recipe on home made taco seasoning. they were both great. Way better than ones in the stores.
    I have a question. Can I use the same recipe with the electric tortilla maker??

    • Jenny

      I have never used one but I suspect they won’t be thin enough. If you try, please report back.

    • Kim

      This is a little late, but I’ve been researching electric tortilla presses and have learned that they are for corn tortillas, not flour tortillas. hth

  13. Kelly

    Made these tonight and they were so delicious and easy!!! To the ladies that said they turned out too stiff, a trick is placing them between some damp paper towel and micro for a couple seconds. Love love loved these! Thank you so very much!

  14. Suzanne

    Will the tortillas soften when refrigerated in a ziploc bag? Mine were stiff so I made quesedillas tonight — they were too brittle to make a burrito. they were fun to make and tasted good — it would be nice if they become soft.

    • Jenny

      Mine always remain soft. I store them refrigerated in a plastic zip top bag with the air removed. I usually put them in the bag while still warm and they are always soft. Also, it could be that your pan is not hot enough or you are not rolling them thin enough.

  15. Terica

    Just made these tortillas! So excited to learn this technique! Thank you! I will never buy them in the store again!!

  16. Rhonda

    Hmmm…. I’ve had to go gluten-free and am missing all my bread options. Had to wait a month to get an order of loaf bread in the store. I bought some gluten free “all-‘purpose” flour. These tortillas would make a great option for me if they work with the GF flour. Just wondering if they would work. Guess I’ll have to try. Also have a ceramic nonstick pan , but not cast iron, so there are a lot of unknown variables here. I know if I follow your recipes exactly they always work out fantastic. I’m in unknown territory otherwise.

  17. Asl

    Hi Jenny, can I substitute whole wheat flour for this recipe? Thanks!

    • Jenny

      I tried and the result was too chewy for me. I was happier with half whole wheat pastry flour + half white. There may be a better recipe out there for 100% whole wheat if you check around – some use white whole wheat flour but I have not tried that yet.

  18. Teresa

    MIL GRACIAS JENNY, ME AYUDASTE A RESOLVER UN GRAN PROBLEMA.
    SEA DIOS CONTIGO Y TU FAMILIA.

    THOUSANDS OF THANKS JENNY. HELPED ME TO SOLVE A BIG PROBLEM.
    GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  19. sulistiyati

    thank you Jenny, really usefull

  20. Mike from WV

    Hi Jenny,

    Love your recipes; especially the no-knead breads. I have been making tortillas for many years now, and my recipe is the same as yours with one exception: I don’t use baking powder. Just water, flour, salt, and oil. I tried making them with the baking powder, and could see no difference. So, in the interest of simplicity, you can forego the baking powder.

    Mike

  21. Audrianna

    This recipe is super simple and the tortillas even taste great. Never will buy tortillas ever again these are so much better.

  22. Lois Freeman

    Need to know the nutritional information so that I can figure out the weight watcher points on your 8″ flour tortillas homemade. I would think they would be less than store bought, I was hoping no more than 2 points, but would need the grams on these four: protein, carbs, fat and fiber. Thank you very much!

    • Jenny

      I don’t have that information. I just share the recipes I make as a hobby.

      • Dorothy M

        Thank you so much for this recipe. I bake as a hobby as well. I just love trying to improve the last recipe and also new challenges.
        Thanks for sharing Jenny.

  23. TL

    I’m a father of three with 13, soon to be 14, grand-kids. We would buy tortillas from Amigo’s, division of United Supermarket, sorry Amigos but are making our own from now on. Jenny the tortillas are great and grand-kid approved.

    Thanks
    TL

  24. Lynda

    I made these tonight. My first time ever making them. I was so surprised that they turned out really well, and even taste good. Now I just need to learn how to make the chili verde to go with them. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us.

  25. Steve Mogg

    Tried these for my wife’s favourite vegetarian enchilada meal (I tried to duplicate Mexicali Rosa’s (defunct Ontario, Canada restaurant chain) Enchilada Del Norte dish) and she loved them even more than usual! They were already a favourite! Loved your talk show as a teenager and am loving your cooking videos as a 30 something! I love your sense of humor.

  26. Michelle

    I made these Tortillas, easy to make and tasted good
    I wanted something easy so I made a pizza using the cooked tortillas. I Just added pizza ingredients like chopped tomatoes, cooked meats, not too much because the tortillas are thin, then add three different cheeses also some olives.
    Cooked in the oven for 5 minutes
    Quick and easy, so light and taste great (thin slice pizza)

  27. Lou Ray

    I tried making this tortilla but the dough breaks after i roll it in a pin. it seems like it does not hold. what am i doing wrong? first time i tried this.

    • Jenny

      If that happens you can always add more water until the dough is workable, but it’s probably because you’re using too much flour due to the way you measured it. Flour should be aerated before measuring – please see my blog post on flour basics: http://www.jennycancook.com/flour-basics/

  28. Brenda

    Hey, Jennie,
    I make your flour tortillas just about every week. I get rave reviews!!!
    Anyway, since that recipe was so great, I was wondering if you could do the same for corn tortillas. I have tried to make them with the dried masa and added some oil, salt, but they still are not right. I wonder if I (we) have to use the fresh masa from latin stores. Any thoughts? C’mon girl, work your magic!!! thanks in advance!

    • Jenny

      Sorry, I have no magic to offer since I have never made corn tortillas.

      • Lois B

        For good tasting corn tortillas you really must add LIME juice. Small Mexican limes or key west limes are best.

  29. gloria

    I try this so many times already my family like the taste of it.thanks jenny i already tried other cakes n rolls.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂

  30. Whitedov1208

    First time trying this – turned out GREAT! Fast and easy. Another winner!

  31. Fibrofog26

    Can you switch out the flour for corn masa?

    • Jenny

      I don’t think so. Corn tortillas are usually made with just masa and water so this recipe may have more ingredients than you need. For the best results, I suggest you look for a corn tortilla recipe.

  32. Dawn Tevy

    Tried my hand at homemade tortillas for the very first time today. Super easy and the family loved them…never using store bought again.

    Im really looking forward to trying out many more of these recipes.

    Thank you Jenny!

  33. Marla

    TURNED OUT GREAT WOOHOO. $3 for 8 just like that here

  34. Marg

    I just bought a cast iron pan and it is very rough on the inside. Is this the skillet u use??

    • Jenny

      If it’s a new pan I’m not sure why it would be rough. Cast iron is naturally coarse to the touch (never smooth like a non-stick pan) but I wouldn’t call it rough. If you got it used, maybe it needs a cleaning. If new, be sure to season it before use per the instructions, and I guess you will only know once you try making the tortillas. Here’s a link to a pan & you can click the overhead view (2nd image) to see the interior of the pan. If that’s what yours looks like it should be fine.

  35. Donna Austin

    I make your flatbread all the time with great results but today when I tried the tortillas, they turned out stiff and crispy like crackers instead of soft and flexible. When I microwaved one in an attempt to soften it, it would not soften. Did I roll them too thin or cook them too long?

    • Jenny

      Assuming you followed the recipe exactly, using all-purpose flour and baking powder, my guess is you cooked them too long. It usually takes less than a minute to cook both sides. I don’t think you can roll them too thin but make sure you don’t knead the dough too much.

      • Donna Austin

        Thanks for your quick reply Jenny. I followed the recipe exactly and used a cast iron pan. I probably overcooked them and will make them again. My crispy tortillas will go well with my homemade vegetable soup instead of crackers. I have tried many of your delicious recipes and absolutely love your website.

        • Samantha

          The reason why the tortilla came out like a cracker is because the heat in the pan wasn’t high enough. I read on another website to crank the heat all way up and cook for 30 sec on each side. This works really well and has made my tortillas bendy and not crunchy (like my first batch was!!)

          • Jenny

            Thank you for sharing this info. I’m learning too.

  36. Nicole

    Hi Jenny, just wondering can you use whole wheat flour for these?

    • Jenny

      You can make them with whole wheat flour but they will be chewy and not as soft. For a whole wheat version, I prefer them with half white, half whole wheat. The only time I like 100% whole wheat is for quesadillas because they are crisped in the pan anyway and don’t need to be soft.

  37. daveril

    Hi,

    Thank u so much for your recipe. i made this today and bow i am wondering why i am buyinh this my whole life not knowing its so easy to make. I really like your videos you look cute and youre motivating me to cook 🙂

  38. Brenda

    I have made your tortillas on a regular basis and you are right (again), they are so delicious!!

  39. Lori

    Hi Jenny,
    Just wanted to say thanks for this super easy and awesome recipe. I would had never thought of making my own tortillas. I just assumed it was more complicated than it is. Lucky for me I found your blog! My 13 yr old daughter and I made them last night and used them for breakfast quesadillas this morning. They were delicious! Also want to say thanks for your pan pizza, and thin crust pizza recipes. OMG, are they great! My husband requests the pan pizza often. Thanks so much!

  40. Donnie

    Just made them a few minutes ago. Absolutely amazing. Thanks Jenny!

    • Charlotte

      do u have to have a cat iron skillet?

      • Jenny

        I don’t know of any other pan that can (safely) get as hot as cast iron.

        • Lori

          Hi Jenny, I was thinking if someone doesn’t have a cast iron pan maybe a pizza stone in the oven would work to cook the tortillas. They can get really hot. That is, of course, assuming they have a pizza stone.

          • Jenny

            Good idea. That would probably work.

  41. Sue S

    I made these and they were great. Never buying them at a store when their so easy to make.
    Thanks Jenny

  42. annis

    Hi jenny, how long This tortillas can be kept in refrigerator?

  43. Emerald

    I tried your recipe and added pam to the pan to make it rise and give flavor and I Made a batch well half my brothers and sisters couldnt help but eating some so make that 4 XD Thanks for the recipe it took me like an hour to find a good recipe and cant wait till morning for tacos 😀

  44. Deb

    Jenny, Hi!
    I just happened across this cooking video today while looking for how to make chicken enchiladas. You showed me how to easily make my own tortillas! Well, my husband got a completely homemade dinner tonight, thanks to you!
    And. . . you’re right, no more store bought tortillas for us!
    PS I used to watch you all the time on your TV show!

  45. Joanne

    I am so happy I clicked on to view your video on Tortillas. Made them for lunch today, they were so good. I have been trying for years to make tortillas which never turned out. I really enjoyed watching your videos on Polish recipe’s, my heritage is Slavic so brings back memories of the food my grandmother and my parents made. Thankyou so very much.

  46. Pauline

    Thank you Jenny for the fabulous recipes. I happened to find you on you tube by accident looking for a recipe for dried bread crumbs, then I watched you do home-made tortillas. I made supper with the tortillas tonight and they are fantastic! I had no idea they were so easy to make and taste so much better than those thick things from the store. Thank you again for all you do.

  47. Vanessa

    Just made these and they are so easy! I used organic coconut oil and my family loved it, thank you Jenny.

  48. Margarita Reid

    Everybody gobbled them up! These tortillas even developed an unexpected following: my food critic pup (very picky) went ga-ga for them.

  49. Becca

    I made your flour tortillas tonight and they were fantastic!

  50. Kentucky Homestead

    Great recipe and great video. I make these and keep on hand for after school snacks. (my kids love cheese quesadillas) Sometimes I make them just slightly thicker than normal, it makes a great crust for chicken pizza!

  51. Lisa

    hi, i just made these and i cant believe how simple and easy they were, thank you so much for this and i can tell you that i will never buy them again…so yummy. just wanted to tell u that after i made the wraps according to your receipe i made another batch but this time i added some sesame seeds and tyme with a little garlic powder and they were scruptious, i bet you could add almost anything you liked for added favour. just thought you might like to know this. thanks again.

  52. Michelle

    My husband got me hooked on your recipes, he just made your fresh tortillas, they were sooooooooooooooo good. Love all your recipes, and your how to videos.

  53. Sharon S.

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I love it. I just had taco’s with this recipe and a recipe on home made taco seasoning. they were both great. Way better than Taco bell.

  54. Nirvana N.

    Thanks Jenny… my family loved them!!♥

  55. kenn264

    Wow, I had no idea they were that easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

  56. skinnypigeon

    WOW! Simply great. It’s almost like the traditional Indian Chapaati but we make that with whole wheat flour and it requires a little more skill to roll and cook it. It even needs more kneading. Thanks for sharing such a simple recipe.

  57. GeoffandNadine

    Made these tonight with veggie ‘faux chicken’ and mixed veggies! Once again, another hit Jenny Jones!!!

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