Love those fresh and soft flour tortillas from your favorite Mexican restaurant? Now you can make your own at home! These delicious homemade flour tortillas are easy to make, pliable yet sturdy, won’t rip and only require 5 ingredients!
Growing up in a Mexican household, my parents made flour tortillas from scratch every week. But like many kids, I never realized just how lucky I was to have such amazing food all the time until I moved out of the house and had to start cooking for myself.
I needed to learn how to make all my childhood favorites, so one of the first things I asked my mom for when I was out of the house was her flour tortilla recipe!
She first taught me how to make corn tortillas and now I’m happy to say that I’ve mastered the flour version!
Made with only 5 ingredients, these tortillas come together in no time and are perfect for making burritos, tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas and more. They’re soft and pillowy, pliable yet sturdy and make the best soft tacos ever.
This recipe is easy enough to make on your own, but it’s also a great one to make with kids!
How to make flour tortillas
Making flour tortillas from scratch is really simple! All you need is some all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour if you want to make them whole grain), baking powder, salt, oil and warm water.
First, mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl – flour, baking powder and water. (photo 1)
Then, add your preferred oil. I used olive oil, but you could also use avocado oil, vegetable oil or lard like is traditionally used. (photo 2)
Add in warm water and mix everything together with a fork until a dough forms. (photos 3-4)
Transfer the dough onto a well-floured work surface and knead for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth, soft and elastic.
Roll the dough into a ball and let it rest, covered, for about 30 minutes up to 2 hours. (photos 5-6)
Divide the dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a ball using the palms of your hands. (photos 7-8)
On a lightly floured surface using a lightly-floured rolling pin, roll each dough ball into an 8 to 10-inch circle. (photos 9-10)
Don’t worry if the tortillas aren’t a perfect circle. Just do the best you can. I promise they’ll taste just as good and nobody will notice!
Preheat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Place the rolled tortilla dough in the skillet and cook for about 30-45 seconds, or until small bubbles start to form. Flip the tortilla over and cook for another 30 seconds-45 seconds. (photos 11-12)
The tortillas should have light golden brown spots, but not be completely burned.
I have to warn you about something before you make these – you may become slightly addicted and never be able to eat store-bought flour tortillas again!
I highly recommend making a double batch so you can have leftovers for the whole week.
Tips for making the best homemade flour tortillas
No air bubbles? If your tortillas don’t form any air pockets or bubbles after 45 seconds to 1 minute, try turning up the heat a little a little bit and see if that helps.
I find that the first tortilla is always the hardest to get just right, but once you adjust the heat after seeing what happens, cooking the rest of the tortillas usually goes more smoothly.
Don’t have a rolling pin? That’s okay! You can use a wine bottle or other similar-sized object you have. Just make sure to clean the surface well and dust it in flour.
Use a tortilla warmer to keep the tortillas soft, pliable and warm! A tortilla warmer is one of my top recommend kitchen tools to have if you’re a tortilla lover like me. It’s very inexpensive and makes such a difference. Here’s the exact one that I have.
Don’t have a tortilla warmer? Do this. I recommend wrapping your stack of warm tortillas in a clean kitchen towel and then placing that inside a plastic zip-top bag (like the photo below). That will help keep in some of the heat which will create steam and keep the tortillas pliable.
My husband is a huge fan of eating freshly made flour tortillas just as they are with a little pat of butter and rolled into a little taco. They’re just that good!
Ways to use flour tortillas
Here are some of our other favorite ways to use flour tortillas:
- Easy Carnitas Tacos
- Steak Quesadillas
- Weeknight Chicken Tacos
- Steak Fajitas
- Carne Asada
- Red Chicken Enchiladas
- Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
This recipe was published in January 2016 and updated with new photos and helpful tips in June 2019.