Monday, May 19, 2014

Homemade Flour Tortillas

I've tried quite a few different versions of homemade tortillas and these, so far, are the winner!  The dough comes together nicely and is easy to work with.  They are soft and delicious and so much tastier than store-bought.

I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, but you could also use a food processor or mix them by hand.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water

Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the dough hook attached until well combined.  

Add oil and water with the mixer running at a medium speed.  

Mix for one minute, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl.  

When the mixture comes together and begins to form a ball, decrease speed to low and continue to mix for one minute more, or until dough is smooth.  

Transfer to a well-floured work surface or an unfloured Silpat.  

Divide the dough into 16 equal portions.  

Flatten each piece of dough a bit and cover with a clean kitchen towel.  Allow dough to rest for 15 minutes.

Heat a large pan over medium-high heat.  

Roll each piece of dough into a large, thin circle.  I try to roll them as thin as possible because they puff up quite a bit when cooked.  

When the pan is very hot, cook each tortilla for about 1 minute or until bottom surface is lightly browned in places and bubbles are forming.  

NOTE: Getting the pan the right temperature can be tricky.  If it is taking longer than a minute to see light brown spots, increase the heat.    

Flip to the other side and cook for 30 seconds more.  

Tortillas can be frozen for later use.  

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