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Homemade Flour Tortillas

How to Make Flour Tortillas

$0.33 recipe | $0.03 serving
Mitch and Justine
With only 5 ingredients, these easy flour tortillas turn out perfect every time. You'll soon understand why making tortillas from scratch beats store-bought every time!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course How-to, Snack
Cuisine Mexican, Vegan
Servings 12 tortillas
Calories 154 kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • Skillet


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour ($0.22)
  • 1 teaspoon salt ($0.02)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder ($0.01)
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening ($0.08)
  • 1 cup very warm water ($0.01)



  • Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Mix in the vegetable shortening with your hands to incorporate into the dry ingredients. Then, add the water and stir everything together.
  • Next, remove the dough from your mixing bowl onto a floured surface. Begin kneading the dough to form a ball that's sticky enough to stay together, but not coming off on your hands. Keep folding over and pressing with your palm for 10 minutes.
  • If the dough appears too crumbly, continue adding a tablespoon of water at a time until you are able to form a texture similar to play dough. If it's too sticky, similarly add a tablespoon of flour while continuing to knead.
  • Cut the ball of dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece with your hands until smooth, then flatten slightly. Once they are rolled and flattened, cover with a towel to rest for at least 15 minutes up to a few hours (the longer they rest, the softer they'll turn out).


  • On a floured surface, use your hand to flatten the disc out a little then begin rolling it out with a rolling pin. Roll it until the tortilla is quite thin (don't forget about the edges). If you don't have a rolling pin, use a tortilla press or the bottom of a baking dish.


  • Preheat a seasoned cast-iron skillet slowly up to medium. Then, add a tortilla in and cook on the first side for 45-60 seconds, or until you see bubbles forming and light brown spots on the underside. Flip and cook for another 45-60 seconds.
  • Note: you may have to adjust the heat and cook time depending on your individual stove and pan.
  • Remove from heat and wrap each tortilla in a tea towel to keep warm while you cook the rest. Serve your flour tortillas warm with your favorite meals. Happy eating!



  • The resting period hydrates the flour and softens the gluten bonds, which makes softer, more pliable tortillas.
  • Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
  • Nutritional information is a rough estimate.
  • Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
  • All prices are in USD.


Serving: 1tortilla | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.9g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 4.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 197.1mg | Potassium: 33.5mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 4.8mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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