Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

Easy homemade flour tortillas that you can whip up at home!

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If you asked any member of my family what their favorite type of cuisine was…every single person would answer “Mexican!”  We like it anyway we can get it: burritos, tacos, flautas, enchiladas, fajitas, quesadillas…hungry yet??  I mean seriously, what’s not to love about Mexican food?  Cheesey, spicy, amazing flavors and the most tender meat you can find.  I love making Mexican-inspired dishes for my family and one of the best ways to make those meals extra-special is with homemade flour tortillas.

If you’ve never made tortillas before or maybe have never even had fresh tortillas – you are going to be in for a real treat!  The boys love to eat these plain but they are perfect for a quick quesadilla or yummy fish tacos.   My husband loves these tortillas with his chili.  Just spread on a little butter and then dip it in the chili – fantastic!

I found this recipe years ago in a magazine and it’s so easy!  The dough comes together in a flash.  Like, maybe two minutes?  Knead it for a few more and then it’s time to let it rest for a bit.  This is the time you get the rest of the meal going, browning meat, shredding cheese, whipping up some fresh pico de gallo, etc.


Minutes before you’re ready to eat, get a pan heated up and start cooking the tortillas.  They take a couple of minutes on each side and then it’s off to a towel-covered platter where they can stay nice and warm while I finish up the remaining tortillas.

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I love how easy Mexican food is to prepare and it’s a joy to make because I know my family is going to love it.   These tortillas are going to be perfect for some quick quesadillas tonight after swim practice.  I’ll make up some fresh guacamole and the boys – all three of them – will chow down for dinner :)

Homemade Flour Tortillas
Serves: 12 6-inch tortillas
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbls shortening
  • ¾ cup water
  1. Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together with a fork.
  2. Add shortening and continue mixing with fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the water.
  4. Slowly incorporate the dry and wet ingredients until dough starts to form.
  5. Place dough on a floured surface and knead for several minutes until dough is nice and smooth.
  6. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Divide dough into quarters and then each quarter into thirds for a total of 12 portions.
  8. Roll out each portion into a 6-7 inch circle.
  9. Cook the tortillas in a skillet over medium-high heat for about two minutes on each side or until puffed and lightly browned.
  10. Remove to a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm.
  11. Serve immediately.

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  1. I think I need to make these. BADLY. Mexican is, hands down, my favorite food EVER. Problem with these is I’d eat the whole batch!

  2. I had no idea tortillas were so easy to make. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing it!

  3. We are HUGE fans of Mexican foods! I never knew making tortillas was so easy-good bye store bought! Thanks for this recipe Trish!

  4. I LOVE tortillas! This is a great recipe!

  5. I need to try these! I have not had much luck with homemade tortillas for some reason. I would love them to work as Mexican food is our favorite as well!

  6. HUH!?! It’s that easy to make tortillas? I had NO idea… I am going to start making my own now! Do you think I could whip up a big batch and keep them in the fridge?

    Ps those fish tacos look unbelievable! I wonder if my five-year-old would go for those. Hmmm, may have to try those too…

  7. SO need to make these myself, we go through a pile of the store-bought ones every week… lately my kids are choosing wraps over sandwiches.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•`¤… Jennifer
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  8. I have always wanted to try to make my own tortillas. Great job, they look fantastic!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  9. I just got a killer recipe that homemade tortillas will go perfect with! Thank you so much!

  10. I’ve made corn tortillas but not flour. I’ll need to try this one out! I LOVE Mexican food!

  11. would butter or oil work as a substitute to shortening? I am not a fan of shortening. thanks

  12. how smart!! pinning for later use

  13. Mexican is definitely a favorite in my house too! I never knew tortillas could be so easy to make. Will definitely be trying these soon!

  14. Oh my gosh! I’m so excited that you shared this recipe! I LOVE fresh tortillas! I tried to make them once from a super complicated recipe and even bought a tortilla press for the occasion. They were a huge fail. So, I’m really excited to try these! Thanks again for sharing this!!

  15. Mexican is a staple around our house. I had no idea that tortillas were that easy to make!!! They look great!!!

  16. Yum, homemade tortillas have been on my to-make list for awhile but i never get around to it. I MUST move it higher on the list! :)

  17. These look delicious! I’ve been wanting to make my own tortilla for a couple of years but it always seems like so much work. You’ve taken the work out of it and made it look easy – thanks.

  18. I had no idea they were this easy to make. Definitely going to try it, thank you!

  19. These look so yummy!

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  20. No oil for the cooking?

  21. Victoria says:

    Similar to my recipe……you can double the recipe and freeze them for another day. I stash some in the fridge for a hot summer day when I don’t want to heat up the kitchen!

  22. Have you tried freezing them? I wonder if they would still be good after freezing/thawing?

  23. could something be substituted for the shortening?

  24. Can’t wait to try this for my gluten free kids! They hate the corn ones and miss the flour ones! I have a GF flour mix that should work great with this!

  25. OR you can buy Harina Preparada any brand all you add is warm water and follow all of the above steps!!

  26. Thanks so much for posting this! I’m glad I saw it on Pinterest. I’ve always loved Mexican food, but when I started buying freshly-made flour tortillas, I found out what I’d been missing. Fresh is SO much better! I really need to try these! I’ve been cooking “raw dough” tortillas for a while in a well-seasoned iron skillet (they don’t stick for me, or if they start to, I add a couple drops of oil). But now I can’t wait to try these (as soon as I get into a “real kitchen” – we’re moving and have been dealing with a hot plate in a hotel room for six weeks). Thanks again!
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  27. Just made these for dinner tonight. Oh my goodness, they were delicious!! I texted the recipe to all my friends. This will be my new staple tortilla recipe. YUM!

  28. I made quesadillas tonight, but used the last of my tortillas and I still have lots of chicken left. So tomorrow I will give these a try. I hope they are as good as they look. Sometimes I am dough challenged.

  29. Have you ever tried this recipe with whole wheat flour? Also, do you think the dough balls could be frozen then thawed to make fresh tortillas? Thanks for this recipe!

  30. I tried these yesterday and I was so disappointed! The dough went together fine but I let it sit, split it up as per directions, and ended up with tiny, awful little tortillas. The first one was barely the size of the palm of my hand, and if I had spread it any thinner it would have torn into pieces. I threw the rest out. I will not try this again.

  31. I saw this recipe and was a little skeptical….I just made them for lunch and it was terrific!! Will save this one!

  32. Do you happen to know if coconut oil would work in place of the shortening?

  33. Hello! Could I use butter flavored shortning?

  34. Christina says:

    How about a receipt for high rollers I would love to make them home made

  35. Christina says:

    How about highrollers I would love to make them home made

  36. Authentic Mexican tortillas are never made with shortening always use lard, you might not think so but there is a difference. Otherwise great recipe, and terrific step by step directions

  37. anyone tried adding sourdough to the mix

  38. We go through so many tortilla’s every week for so many different reasons! I cannot wait to try this! I got super excited when I read the recipe and saw how easy it looked:D I keep finding awesome recipes from your site and my husband just rolled his eyes and said,”Oh boy, another mess in the kitchen!” LOL!
    Do you think it would work out find if I used self-rising flour and omitted the salt and baking powder?
    Thanks and keep posting these awesome recipes!

  39. Debra Anderson says:

    Last time I had fresh made tortillas was when I was little & lived in southern Texas!! I love flour tortillas for wrap sandwiches. Will have to try these. I know they will be a larger tortilla for using as a wrap. Thanks for the recipe.

  40. If i wanna save these in a container… How long will they last?

  41. I was just told to cut salt intake. What is the taste like without it?

  42. I prefer wraps to sandwich bread any day and making my own is even better! Have you tried substituting your flour for other kinds and seeing how it worked? Did it turn out okay? I was thinking maybe coconut flour…
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  43. Stopping by from Sweet sharing Mon and great recipe. Printed and will give it a try! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  44. These look good! Do they store OK?
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  45. YUM, your photos are amazing. I am not the biggest fan of the shortening, I see someone else had asked for a substitution as well, have you tried making this with an alternate ingredient other than the shortening?
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  46. Ohmygosh your tortillas look great. Mine always look like amoebas!

  47. I’m going to try these when the weather cools down a bit. They look so yummy! So, I have butter flavored shortening.. think they’ll taste just as good?
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  48. I would love to try these! Do they freeze well? if there’s any left!! I am forever freezing left over store bough tortillas and then forget them in the freezer! They are not pretty when you find them again!

  49. Trish,
    I’d love for you to link this post to #GetHimFed Fridays. The party is open until Sunday evening. Hope to see you there.
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  50. How do you get them rolled thin enough? I tried them, they taste good, but end up being a little thick and tough. Will be trying them again, just looking for tips. Thanks for the recipe.

  51. Hi, do you is cold water or hot water? My mom has always used hot water in hers, is there a difference? Can’t wait to try them. Thanks! ;)

  52. Michelle says:

    Just made these today. It’s been a while since I’ve had homemade tortillas. They tasted just as I remembered. I’m definitely making these again!

  53. This may be a dumb question, but do you melt the shortening first? Look forward to trying this.

  54. Jen Cuilan says:

    Thank you so much for this! I just recently tried them, and talk about a hit! I was immediately advised to make them larger for wrap sandwiches and breakfast burritos. I know what I’ll be doing this afternoon! I don’t think I’ll ever buy prepackaged again!

  55. Carolyn "Flores" Trainor says:

    I grew up making tortillas from the time I could reach the counter to roll them out. This recipe is very similar to my mom’s/grandma’s but we just use vegetable oil instead of shortening which is healthier and saves you the step of cutting in shortening or lard. Back in the day, we would even use bacon grease which is not so healthy but gives them a great flavor. Although the masa mixes up quickly, it is the rolling out that can get people because it tends to snap back and you have to work with it until you get it to the right size/thickness. Love that you have this in recipe form because we just used the same bowl and “eye-balled” the ingredients! :D

  56. Is there a way to make these without shortening? Shortening is just so full of trans fats that I would love an alternative to using it.

    • I lot of readers have commented that they have tried with butter and it just doesn’t work out as well. Sorry!

      • Yes, you can use butter or even margarine. I have been making tortillas for 20 years, but have never tried oil. If you want softer tortillas, use 1 tsp baking powder for 2 cups of flour and hot water!

        • And yes you can freeze – just take what you need out and thaw before warming up in a heated and sprayed pan! Or directly on the fire as we do!

  57. Made these last night and they were delishes. My hubby really enjoyed them also. I would have liked them larger and thinner but that was due to the fact that when I went to roll them out I realized we lost our rolling pin in our recent move (FYI, wine bottles will work in a pinch- ha!)

  58. I’ve made these using coconut oil, and it worked great. (Veggie oil will work, too, but I don’t think it’s good for you.) I made 8 larger tortillas. I rolled out one between two silicone pan liners (generic Silpats) and transferred to the pancake griddle with one of the pan liners still on top. It pealed off easily once in the pan — sure made transferring easier. I rolled the next one while one was cooking. These are so easy and so good! Thanks for the recipe. :)

  59. Many thanks for sharing this recipe for essential food in our house of six boys!
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  60. i use my hands to mix the dough And always use very warm water

  61. Brittany Christa says:

    Could I substitute regular AP flour with whole wheat flour??

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