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Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

Hey everyone! Today I have an easy homemade flour tortilla recipe for you. Flour tortillas are so easy to make and are much better for you than the store bought ones. When you make them yourself you know exactly whats in the them.

I know you may be thinking why make them when I could just buy them? Well while buying them is obviously the easiest option I do feel good about myself when I make food from scratch and I know many other moms do as well.

It makes me feel less wasteful because to me buying tortillas from the store is kind of a waste of money when I have everything needed to make flour tortillas here at home.

Within an hour you can have these delicious homemade flour tortillas on your table. You’ll never want to buy them again. They’re that good!

homemade flour tortilla recipe on a blue plate

These tortillas are incredibly soft and are perfect for any of your favorite Mexican meals. All you need is flour, salt, baking powder, vegetable oil and water. These are items I always have on hand and I suspect most people do as well. Once you see how easy they are to make you’ll be making them all the time!

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe Steps

First add the flour, salt, baking powder to a bowl and mix together well. Then add the vegetable oil and mix well. Now start adding the water little by little while continuing to mix and knead the dough for a few minutes.  Shape the dough into a ball like the one in the photo below. Cover and let it rest for about 30 minutes.

flour tortilla dough in a red bowl

Now cut the dough into eight sections as shown below. Make sure to sprinkle a bit of flour where you are going to roll out the dough. Shape each section into a ball and with a rolling pin roll into a tortilla.

8 pieces of tortilla dough

If the dough starts sticking to the rolling pin or table you can always use more flour. Roll out the rest. Do not stack them on top of each other they must be separated to prevented sticking to each other.

rolled out dough

Now that they’re all rolled out heat up a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add one of the tortillas. Cook for about a minute on each side.

tortilla cooking in a skillet

You want to cook it long enough to have the brown spots form.

cooking tortilla

Chicken quesadillas and beef and bean chimichangas are some yummy ways to use homemade flour tortillas.

Homemade Flour Tortilla Tips and Tricks

  • Divide the dough into smaller sections if you want smaller tortillas.
  • Sprinkle the surface with more flour if the dough starts to stick.
  • Don’t worry if the tortillas aren’t perfect circles!
  • Don’t stack the raw tortillas on top of each other.

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That’s all there is to it! Once they cool down you can store them in the refrigerator in a ziploc bag. The longest time I’ve stored them was for five days and they still tasted great. You can heat them up in the microwave or in a skillet. Once you try these you’ll never ever want to go back to the store bought kind!

If you like this recipe please leave a rating down in the recipe card. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much for visiting, see you soon!

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Check out these delicious recipes from my some of my favorite blogs to use with these flour tortillas

homemade flour tortillas recipe on a blue plate
5 from 4 votes

Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe

This homemade flour tortilla recipe is great for all of your favorite Mexican meals! They can be on your table within an hour!

Course Mexican
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword homemade flour tortillas, how to make flour tortillas
Prep Time 44 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 192 kcal
Author Carissa


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. In a large bowl add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well.

  2. Add the vegetable oil to the flour mixture and mix well.

  3. Slowly add the water while mixing with your hand. Mix and knead the dough for about five minutes.

  4. Shape dough into a ball. Cover and let the dough rest for 30 minutes,

  5. Cut dough into eight pieces.

  6. Flour the surface where you’ll be rolling out the dough.

  7. Take one of the pieces of dough and shape into a ball then roll it out into a thin tortilla using a rolling pin. Do the same with the rest of the pieces of dough.

  8. Heat up a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot place one tortilla onto the skillet. Cook for about one minute on each side. Cook the rest of the tortillas.

  9. Serve. If you have leftovers you can store them in a ziploc bag in the fridge for up to five days.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 17th of February 2022

My mom's friend made these with lard, and shared the recipe with my mom. I was a kid, now I can't ask my mom for the recipe because she has passed. I loved them. I ate them plain, or any and everything I could put in them. One of my most favorite memories of good when I was younger. All I remember is she used lard, and a dry frying pan to cook them. Could you replace the oil with lard?

Sujan Paul

Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Hello, I found this recipe helpful and want to know whether a diabetic patient can eat it?

Kalyon Subbarao

Saturday 14th of April 2018

Nice Recipe ..will try fpr sure !

William Smith

Monday 2nd of April 2018

Hi, Thanks for sharing the recipe. I've a slight problem making the tortilla. When I try to roll the dough ball with the rolling pin, it sticks to the rolling pin and I found it so difficult to shape the tortilla. Can you suggest me anything to recover this problem?


Monday 2nd of April 2018

Hi William, Try sprinkling the dough ball and your rolling surface with flour that should take care of the problem.

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