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Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe: Perfect for Taco Night!

Homemade flour tortillas are hands-down better than store-bought!

I enjoy making them so much that my husband bought me a tortilla press as a gift. However, a tortilla press is not required. And frankly, I personally like to use my hands or other tools in the kitchen to accomplish the same end goal. 

A dietician, I know, once said she finds it annoying how perfectly round tortillas are when bought in a store. I can understand this sentiment as it speaks to the unnatural processes for which many of the foods we purchase are made.

What I enjoy most about homemade tortillas is that I’m in control of the ingredients that go in. Plus, the process of making them is enjoyable. Whenever we have family gatherings and we do a taco bar, homemade tortillas are always the first to go.

For this homemade flour tortilla recipe, I switch between whole wheat and white whole wheat flour. Both create a delicious end result. The biggest difference is the gluten content found in whole wheat flour compared to white whole wheat. Therefore, the dough will need to rest a few more minutes if using whole wheat.

Homemade Flour Tortilla Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat or white whole wheat flour- I switch it up ever so often. Both work well. If you decide to use whole wheat flour allow the dough to rest a little longer as it has a slightly higher gluten content than white whole wheat
  • Sea salt I use Redmond’s Real Salt
  •  Oil: You can use avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, or canola oil. I typically use avocado or canola oil. Go with what you have on hand.
  • Filtered warm water helps bring it all together to create a nice dough consistency.

You might be thinking, what’s the difference between whole wheat and white whole wheat?

I’m glad you asked. Both are whole grain flours. The difference is that whole wheat flour comes from hard red wheat and white whole wheat flour comes from white wheat. The color of these two grains and the taste are different. White grain which produces white whole wheat flour has a milder taste.

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

The beauty of white whole wheat flour is that its color and texture are similar to all-purpose flour (which is highly-processed, very refined flour stripped of its nutrients) but white whole wheat contains the essential nutrients. 

Healthy and a great substitute for all-purpose flour. I like to buy the brand Wheat Montana. It’s non-GMO and made locally in Montana. 

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

How To Make This Homemade Tortilla Recipe

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As I mentioned, to create homemade flour tortillas at home, you don’t need a tortilla press. I’ll share with you some different methods to both combine all of the ingredients as well as how to form the tortillas. 

STEP 1: COMBINE FLOUR AND SALT

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine 2 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour and one teaspoon of sea salt.  

STEP 2: ADD OIL AND CREATE CRUMBLY MIXTURE

Next, you’ll add 1/2 cup of oil to the flour. You can use avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, or canola oil. Using a fork or pasty cutter you’ll want to work the oil into the flour creating crumbles. 

flour and oil
fork or cutter

STEP 3: ADD WATER AND FORM A DOUGH BALL

To form the dough you’ll add 3/4 cup of warm water to the flour. Stir the ingredients together and then use your hands to form a dough ball.

TORTILLA DOUGH BALL

STEP 4: FORM A LOG AND CUT INTO PIECES

Using your hands roll the dough into a log shape about 10 to 12 inches long. Cut the dough into either 8 or 16 individual pieces. To make larger tortillas, cut the dough into 8 sections. For smaller tortillas cut into 16 pieces. 

eight tortilla pieces
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STEP 5: ALLOW THE DOUGH TO REST

With your hands, form individual dough balls. Then on a cutting board, gently press them with the palm of your to flatten them. Cover with a wet kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for at least 10 minutes. 

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STEP 6: ROLL INTO TORTILLAS AND COOK

Run a rolling pin over the dough being sure to roll it out in a forward-backward, side to side, and diagonal direction. I usually rotate the cutting board so I can roll out the dough in a perfectly imperfect circle.

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
Homemade flour tortilla recipe

Once rolled out, place the tortilla on an oiled, hot skillet (medium-high heat). Wait until bubbles form and the underside is brown before flipping. This takes about 20-30 seconds. Flip and cook the other side for 20-30 seconds more or until brown. Be careful not to burn the tortilla. 

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
homemade flour tortilla recipe

HOMEMADE FLOUR TORTILLA RECIPE TIPS:

  • If using whole wheat you can sift the flour a couple of times for a finer consistency.
  • When combining the flour and oil you can use either a pastry cutter, fork, your hands, or a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment. The idea is to create a crumbly consistency.
  • You can mix in the warm water with either a spatula (eventually your hands) or a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment.  
  • If the dough is super crumbly or too dry add about 1 tablespoon of filtered water at a time until it forms a nice big round dough ball. You don’t want sticky or crumbly dry. 
  • For slightly bigger tortillas form 8 individual dough pieces instead of 16.

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  • If using a tortilla press for easy cleanup take a sandwich bag, cut down each side so that it becomes a long rectangle. Use one side on the bottom of the press and the other on the top. Put the dough on the sandwich bag and close the press. The dough will be spread out within the sandwich bag and won’t stick to the press. (Be sure to reform the dough into a ball shape before placing it in the tortilla press). 

homemade flour tortilla recipe

  • If using a rolling pin, roll the dough to a thin layer. This will help with cooking time and ensure the tortilla doesn’t get burnt.

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

  • When cooking wait for bubbles to form on the tortilla before flipping. They will be good sized bubbles. It’s up to you if you want to pop them or not. In general, as long as your pan is fairly hot the tortillas should cook in about 30 seconds on each side. 

homemade flour tortilla recipe

  •  After tortillas are cooked put them on a plate and cover them with a damp cloth to keep them soft.

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How to Store Homemade Flour Tortillas

Homemade flour tortillas can be stored in a bag on your shelf for 2-3 days or in the refrigerator for about one week. They will keep even longer in the freezer for about 3 months.

If you store them in the freezer, place them in the fridge the day before you want to use them to allow them to thaw. You can reheat them in the microwave.  

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Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe: A Crowd Pleaser!

These homemade flour tortillas are easy to make, healthy, and delicious. Only four ingredients. Plus, a tortilla press is not required. Make these at your next family taco night. They don't disappoint.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting time for dough balls 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/2 cup whole-wheat or white whole-wheat flour (I use Wheat Montana flour)
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil, canola oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt (I use Real Salt)
  • 3/4 cup filtered warm water (luke warm not hot)

Instructions
 

  • Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Mix together with a fork. Add the oil. Either using a fork, pastry cutter or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, mix to create a crumbly flour consistency. Takes about 2-3 minutes. (If using a stand mixer, scrape the sides of the bowl as needed). You can also mix the ingredients by hand.
    fork or cutter
  • Add the warm water and using either a spatula, your hands, or a stand mixer mix ingredients together until the dough is smooth about 2-3 minutes. If you find it is still crumbly and dry, add 1 tablespoon of additional water at a time. The dough should come together but not be too wet or too dry.
    TORTILLA DOUGH BALL
  • Take the dough out of the bowl and on a cutting board roll it into a log shape about 12 inches long. Starting in the middle, cut the dough in half. Continue cutting each piece in the middle until you have 16 pieces. (For larger tortillas, cut until you have 8 pieces).
    eight tortilla pieces
  • Using your hand roll each dough piece into a ball then flatten it. Place the dough pieces either on a baking pan or cutting board. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour. (If using whole-wheat flour the longer the resting period the more relaxed the gluten becomes and the easier to roll out).
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  • Heat a skillet on med-high heat. The pan should be fairly hot before you begin cooking the tortillas. You can do a water test by simply wetting your hands and sprinkling it on the pan to see if it sizzles. If it does, you're good to go.
  • Use a rolling pin or a tortilla press to turn each ball into a 5-7 inch circle if using 16 pieces or 8-10 inches if using 8 pieces. (If using a rolling pin, be sure to roll out the dough to a fairly thin consistency. The thicker it is the longer it takes to cook with the potential of burning).
  • Place the tortilla on the skillet and cook until bubbles form and the tortilla is slightly brown. The bubbles will get fairly big. You can pop the really big ones or leave them as is. Takes about 30-45 seconds per side. Set aside on a plate to cool slightly. Cover tortillas with a damp cloth to help keep them soft.
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