Soft Flour Tortillas

How we make flour tortillas from scratch! This easy recipe relies on flour, salt, water and fat. They are soft, pliable and perfect for folding or wrapping.

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Flour Tortillas Recipe Video

Making Flour Tortillas at Home

Our kitchen is always stocked with tortillas — both corn and flour — but I have to tell you that my favorite kind of tortilla is a freshly made one! That’s why we started experimenting with making our own. Freshly made, still warm from the pan tortillas are truly the best. I always jump at the chance of being the tortilla flipper so that I can sneak a tortilla for myself before sharing with the rest of the family. For corn tortillas, take look at our favorite corn tortilla recipe.

A stack of homemade flour tortillas

Making your own stack of flour tortillas is simple, here’s a quick overview (the full recipe is below)!

Ingredients

You only need four ingredients to make flour tortillas:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Fat like oil, lard, shortening or butter

Some recipes swear by adding baking powder to the dough for softer flour tortillas, but after trying them with and without baking powder, we leave it out. It certainly doesn’t hurt to add it, but we just didn’t find that it made that much of a difference in texture.

Making Them

Baking powder didn’t make much of a difference in the flavor or texture of the tortillas, but we did find four things that did!

  1. Dissolve the salt in warm water before adding to the dough.
  2. Roll (or press) the tortillas into very thin discs.
  3. Get the heat right — medium to medium high is perfect.
  4. Transfer the cooked tortillas to a towel or tortilla warmer.

Our first few batches of tortillas were fine, but not great. It was after discovering these tips that helped us make soft, chewy bubbly flour tortillas.

Dissolving the salt into the warm water helps to season the dough. I especially recommend doing this if you are using a coarser salt. Rolling the tortillas very thin and getting the heat right makes sure that bubbles start to form (our video shows just how large these bubbles can be). It’s these bubbles that create the perfect texture. Finally, transferring the warm tortillas to a dish towel and covering them (or using a tortilla warmer) helps to soften them even more.

Use these homemade tortillas to make one of the following recipes:

Storing Homemade Tortillas

As I mentioned above, tortillas really do taste best when made fresh, but these flour tortillas do keep well. I simply keep mine in a resealable bag and try to eat them within a day or two. If I have extra, I freeze them.

Fresh homemade flour tortillas are in their softest state when warm so if you have room temperature or cold tortillas, we recommend reheating them in a skillet until they are warm and pliable again.

How to freeze flour tortillas: Store them, stacked with a small sheet of parchment paper between them, in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas

Soft Flour Tortillas

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How we make flour tortillas that are soft, pliable and perfect for folding or wrapping. We incorporate a few tricks in the recipe for the best results. Dissolving the salt into the warm water helps season the dough. I especially recommend doing this if you are using a coarser salt. Rolling the tortillas very thin and getting the heat of your pan right makes sure that bubbles start to form (our video shows just how large these bubbles can be). It’s these bubbles that create the perfect texture.

Makes 10 (8-inch) tortillas

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon fine sea salt

2/3 cup very warm water

5 tablespoons neutral flavored oil, melted shortening, melted lard or melted butter

Directions

  • Make Dough
  • 1Add the salt to the warm water and stir together until the salt has dissolved.

    2In a large bowl, use a fork to combine the flour with the oil (or other fat) until it looks crumbly. Pour in almost all of the salty water and stir until a shaggy dough forms. If the mixture seems dry, add a bit more of the water.

    3When the dough comes together, transfer to a floured work surface and knead until smooth, two to three minutes. Cover with a clean dish cloth and leave for at least 15 minutes and up to an hour or two. Resting the dough makes rolling it out easier.

    4Divide the dough into ten equally sized blobs and then shape into small disks. Use a rolling pin to roll each small disc into 8-inch rounds or use a tortilla press. The thinner the better, here. If you happen to get 9-inch tortillas, don’t worry! We also don’t worry too much about making them perfectly round. (See our video to watch us do it.)

    5Stack the rolled tortillas with a piece of parchment paper between them. Alternatively, you can roll and cook the tortillas at the same time. Roll one tortilla out, then while it cooks, roll the next tortilla out.

    6Make ahead: Divide the dough into smaller balls (this recipe makes ten 8-inch tortillas), wrap them very well, and then place into the refrigerator up to three days. About thirty to forty minutes before you are ready to cook the tortillas, take the balls out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before rolling them out.

  • Cook Tortillas
  • 1Heat a wide, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the first tortilla. Within 20 to 30 seconds, you should start to see it puffing up with bubbles forming.

    2When the bottom of the tortilla has some brown spots, flip it and cook until the second side is browned in spots and the tortilla looks dry around the edges. Each tortilla will take 1 to 2 minutes to cook. If this is taking a long time, increase the heat. If the pan starts to smoke or brown the tortillas too quickly, turn the heat down a bit.

    3Transfer the cooked tortilla to a dish towel and cover it then continue with the remaining tortillas, adjusting the heat as needed.

    4Store leftover tortillas in a resealable plastic bag for a day or two or freeze if needing to store longer. Fresh homemade flour tortillas are in their softest state when warm so if you have room temperature or cold tortillas, we recommend reheating them in a skillet until they are warm and pliable again.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Neutral oil: We simply mean to use an oil that is lighter in flavor like avocado oil, vegetable oil, grape seed oil or safflower oil. You can use a light and fruity olive oil or coconut oil, just keep in mind that the tortillas will pick up their flavor.
  • Whole wheat flour tortillas: Substitute whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour. You might find that the dough needs a dash or two more water.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. Calculations included vegetable oil.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 (8-inch) tortilla / Calories 92 / Total Fat 0.4g / Saturated Fat 0g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 233.8mg / Carbohydrate 19.1g / Dietary Fiber 0.7g / Total Sugars 0.1g / Protein 2.6g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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88 comments… Leave a Review
  • Maria January 25, 2024, 3:44 pm

    Best and easiest recipe I’ve found. I was short on oil so I did 3 tbsp melted butter and 2 of oil and they came out absolutely perfect! They put store bought to shame. Bookmarked, will make this recipe exclusively from now on. Thanks!

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  • Phylecia DeLamater Wilson January 14, 2024, 7:20 pm

    Easy and delicious. Doubt I’ll be buying them again.

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  • JC January 11, 2024, 11:42 pm

    This recipe was way better than another one I tried. They’re nice and soft and no need for baking powder.I used melted butter and a bit less water and the dough was nice, soft and pliable. Thank you for sharing 😊

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  • Rachael November 21, 2023, 7:42 pm

    These turned out amazing! Only made 2, but prob could have gotten 3 out of it.

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  • Kyndall October 8, 2023, 8:26 pm

    Do you have to refrigerate it before cooking?

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    • Adam November 7, 2023, 3:52 pm

      No, you don’t need to refrigerate before cooking.

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  • Marisa September 27, 2023, 3:39 pm

    I love these tortillas and make them all the time! I have a question though..I made some dough today, but I have to run to town, can I just leave the bowl of dough in the fridge without separating them into balls?? Thanks!

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    • Adam September 27, 2023, 3:46 pm

      Yes, just make sure you wrap with dough with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out.

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  • Mike Nash August 15, 2023, 7:08 pm

    These were amazing! Super simple recipe with quality end product! Wife & son raved about these tortillas! Made exactly as per the recipe

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  • Dienkie July 11, 2023, 7:35 am

    Came across a few unfamiliar terms in this recipe. What is this “leftover tortillas” you speak of? Hubby and 2 sons ate them up faster than I put them down. Really enjoyed it! Perhaps next time they’ll even eat them with fillings 😉

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  • Joanne May 16, 2023, 5:57 pm

    Hello Sue, it appears that your tortilla mixture might have required a little more water. Alternatively, you can also try increasing the amount of fat, although adding water should solve the issue.

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  • K May 16, 2023, 5:48 pm

    Always perfect and soft for burritos when i use butter. Dry and crispy otherwise

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  • Yesica April 18, 2023, 2:57 am

    Best tortillas I’ve ever made or had at that! Thank you fast simple and delicious

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  • Lisa Moro April 15, 2023, 6:09 pm

    I have not made them yet but I am very excited to do so. Trying to stop buying store bought ones wrapped in plastic. I make my own Crumpets and English Muffins now so not to buy them in the store wrapped in plastic.
    Questions if possible, not a comment. Is there a way to flavor them, like Spinach and herb or Tomato basil like the ones I have bought in the past. I know I could add the herbs as they are dry, but not sure about the Spinach or Tomato as they are both wet items. Thought I would ask here in the comments section in case other people were interested rather than emailing you. I will make them plain first to try them. They look amazing. Thank you so much for your time.

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    • Joanne May 16, 2023, 5:56 pm

      Hello Lisa, it’s wonderful to see your enthusiasm for experimenting with flavors! If you’re considering using spinach or tomato, we recommend starting by processing cooked spinach or sun-dried tomatoes with the water specified in the recipe. Once blended, you can mix this mixture into the flour. Hope that helps!

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      • Judy Durrett September 18, 2023, 12:49 pm

        What did you mean processing cooked spinach or sun dried tomatoes with the water. Are you saying to replace the water, or squeezing the above until dry? I am looking forward to trying out your recipe and when I saw the above comment, I thought I would like to try both. Of course, I will make them plain the first time, but think it would be fun to try the spinach or sun dried tomatoes. I want to thank you. I look forward to trying you other recipes, they all look so good!

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        • Joanne September 18, 2023, 9:15 pm

          Yep, you’ve got it. Add the water (amount listed in the recipe) to a blender and blend in some spinach or sun-dried tomatoes. Then use this flavored water to make the tortillas.

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      • Lisa Marie Moro October 26, 2023, 6:59 pm

        This recipe is awesome and they turned out great. Thank you so much for answering my question. I look forward to trying to add some flavors. Thank you again!!

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  • Toni February 26, 2023, 2:33 pm

    This was literally THE BEST FLOUR TORTILLA I’ve ever had! I stopped buying them years ago because they are usually full of preservatives and/or additives that I would never want to ingest let alone give to my family and stuck with Corn tortillas which I do love. At my family’s request, I figured I’d try one more time to find a decent recipe and I’m so glad I did! This will definitely be our “go-to” version. It was absolutely perfect! THANK YOU!

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  • Allen February 11, 2023, 10:26 am

    Can I use rice flour like red bob’s 1 to 1 to make this recipe?

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    • Joanne May 16, 2023, 5:52 pm

      Hello Allen, regrettably, we haven’t experimented with rice flour in this recipe, so we’re unable to provide insight into how it would affect the outcome.

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