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The Best Homemade Flour Tortillas

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These homemade flour tortillas are a Spanish food game-changer! They are soft and delicious and can not be any easier to make!

a plate of easy to make homemade flour tortillas recipe

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be back today with another yummy recipe! So… true story. My mom named me after a woman who taught her to make tortillas. I assume there were some other aspects to their friendship, but the tortilla one is what stuck in my mind. And really, if you haven’t made them before, you should know that homemade tortillas are life changing! Store-bought tortillas are great, and I use them all the time in cooking, but there’s really nothing that can beat a fresh, soft homemade tortilla, hot off the griddle with a little melted butter on top. Yum!

There are lots of tortilla recipes out there, but I love that this one uses olive oil instead of lard or shortening. It makes them so much easier to make, without the frustration of cutting in the fat and adding just the right amount of water. Also, it makes me feel a little better that they’re made with heart-healthy olive oil when I’m stuffing my face with my third tortilla. šŸ™‚ I think this is by far the least intimidating tortilla recipe I’ve ever found, so if tortillas have made you a little wary in the past, have no fear! These are so simple to make!

How To Make Homemade Tortillas

You start by mixing all the ingredients together to form a soft, moist dough. Let it sit for about ten minutes.

a bowl full of homemade tortilla doughAfter it sits, divide the dough into 8-12 equal sized pieces. I like to smush each piece with my hand a little bit before rolling, because I find it makes it easier to roll it out evenly.

balls of flour tortilla dough on a baking make with a blue bowl in the backRoll it out using a rolling pin, trying to make it as round as possible. As you can see, I can’t roll a perfect circle to save my life… but guess what? It doesn’t matter at all. They will still taste just as delicious, oddly shaped or no.

one flour tortilla dough ball that's been flatten by a rolling pin with three balls in the backgroundWhile I’m rolling, I like to preheat a big griddle on medium-high heat. You could also use a frying pan if you don’t have a griddle. I just like the griddle because I can cook 3-4 tortillas at a time, so it makes the process much faster. Throw the tortillas on, and flip them when they start to bubble (as seen below).

two homemade flour tortillas cooking on a griddle

Once you flip them, they usually only need about 30-60 seconds more until they’re done. Stack them in a towel to keep them warm, and serve them still warm. I use these for yummy tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, and as a side with taco soup. They’re also pretty awesome for dessert with a little melted butter and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Try them today!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

These homemade flour tortillas are a Spanish food game-changer! They are soft and delicious and can not be any easier to make!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword dinner, enchiladas, tacos, tortilla
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 1 Tortilla
Calories 130 kcal


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


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in water and olive oil to form a soft dough. Let rest 10 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 8-12 pieces (depending on the size of tortilla you want) and roll each piece into a circle.
  3. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat, and cook tortillas, turning when bubbles start to appear. The whole cooking process should take between 2 and 3 minutes per tortilla.
  4. Wrap tortillas in a towel to keep warm, and serve immediately.
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