How to Make Flour Tortillas

by Jodi H.

Homemade flour tortillas from scratch. Great for tacos, burritos, quesadillas or fajitas.


  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Rolling pin
  • Frying pan
  • Stand Mixer - optional
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I make these at least once a week. I use my kitchen aid stand mixer but you can kneed the dough by hand. Make these once and you'll never go back to those gross store bought ones again. Lets begin!

    Step 2

    Gather up all your supplies and ingredients. I prefer sea salt, but I'm all out. You can use any oil, but I prefer the taste of olive oil.

    Step 3

    Place 3 cups of all purpose flour into mixing bowl.

    Step 4

    Add 1 1/5 teaspoons of salt. Sea salt is best, but use what you've got on hand.

    Step 5

    Add 2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder.

    Step 6

    Optional - Add pepper to taste. I like freshly ground pepper, again, the choice is yours.

    Step 7

    Use a whisk or fork to mix the dry ingredients.

    Step 8

    Add 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of oil. I usually just 'eye-ball' it. Just make sure you don't use more that 1/2 cup of oil. I prefer olive oil. Growing up my mother used peanut oil. It's up to you!

    Step 9

    Add water. About 3/4 or 1 cup. Mix with a wooden spoon or use the dough hook on your stand mixer.

    Step 10

    If you're using a stand mixer, set to a low-medium speed. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated.

    Step 11

    Your dough should look like this. You will need to add more water to get the right texture. Since results often vary with dough, I can't tell you the exact amount if water you'll need.

    Step 12

    Gradually pour a small amount of water into the mixer. If you don't have a mixer, begin kneading the dough by hand. Make sure the small amount of water is fully incorporated before adding more.

    Step 13

    You'll know you have added enough water once your dough has formed a ball and cleans the sides of the bowl. Continue to knead by hand or in the mixer for a slow 2 minutes.

    Step 14

    Roll the dough into a ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let it rest at room temperature. I'll be letting mine rest for about 4 hours. But 20 minutes is fine.

    Step 15

    While the dough sits, prepare your remaining ingredients for your meal. In my case, its tacos. Lots of chopping and grating to be done.

    Step 16

    Make ahead tip: You can keep your dough over night in the fridge. Make sure to let the dough sit until it has reached room temperature before moving on to the next step.

    Step 17

    About 30 mins prior to meal time, prepare a clean dry work space to roll out your flour tortillas. If this is your first time rolling out anything, you might want to give yourself more time. ;)

    Step 18

    You'll need a rolling pin. Your well rested, room temperature dough. And some flour for dusting the rolling out area.

    Step 19

    From the ball of dough, start pulling off equal portioned pieces.

    Step 20

    Roll the pieces into small balls. About golf ball size.

    Step 21

    With this recipe I got 16 tortilla balls.

    Step 22

    Dust your rolling area with a bit of flour. As well as a sprinkle of flour on the tortilla dough. My rolling pin does not need flour, but yours might.

    Step 23

    Using your fingers, press the ball of dough flat.

    Step 24

    Begin rolling out your flour tortilla.

    Step 25

    After a couple of rolls, swirl your tortilla around to keep it coated in flour. Flip it over and keep rolling. Change directions to every roll of the pin to keep your tortilla round.

    Step 26

    It should end up like this. Put it aside. Dust your area again. Roll out the next tortilla and start stacking them up.

    Step 27

    All 16 tortillas rolled and stacked.

    Step 28

    If you're not ready to start cooking them, cover them with a towel. You can let them sit for a bit...not hours and hours...but for a bit.

    Step 29

    Get out your pan/skillet.

    Step 30

    Heat pan to a medium high on your stove. I like to splash a bit if water on the pan. Once the water has completely evaporated off the pan, I know it's hot enough to cook the tortillas.

    Step 31

    Once the pan is hot, place your tortilla on the pan.

    Step 32

    Once it bubbles flip it. Don't pop the bubbles. Tempting, I know.

    Step 33

    Evenly brown both sides.

    Step 34

    Slide your cooked tortilla onto a clean towel. Cover with the other half of the towel to keep warm.

    Step 35

    All cooked. Time to eat.

    Step 36

    Dress them how you like them.

    Step 37

    The reason we eat them once a week!

    Step 38