How to Make Soft, Thick Tortillas

A Thick Homemade Tortilla--so Wholesome, so Good

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You can easily make soft, thick tortillas from home.

I've always liked tortillas but never cared for their "thinness." I've noticed that tortillas can become soggy and they tear easily. While their thinness makes them pliable and as such they can be rolled around ingredients, as for wraps, thicker tortillas are much sturdier, and to me, are far more satisfying.

It is very easy to make thick tortillas from home and these do in a pinch when you are out of bread or low on ingredients and looking for something to make, whether you need to have bread on hand or wish for something a little different.

you can opt for unleavened thick tortillas or, if a lighter tortilla is preferred you can add a little baking powder so that your tortillas rise, as is given in the recipe in this Hub.

What ingredients Do You Need to Make Soft, Tortillas?

You basically only need four ingredients to make homemade tortillas. These are flour, baking powder, salt and water.

  • 2 cups flour (white or whole wheat)
  • 1-2 tsp. baking powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water to moisten

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Making Tortillas

Image: Adding Liquid to Dry Ingredients
Image: Adding Liquid to Dry Ingredients | Source
Image: Mixing Ingredients for Tortillas
Image: Mixing Ingredients for Tortillas | Source
Image: Dough for Tortillas
Image: Dough for Tortillas | Source
Photo: Rolling out tortillas
Photo: Rolling out tortillas | Source

Instructions for Homemade Tortillas

  1. Place dry ingredients in bowl.
  2. Add in water and stir gently.
  3. Stir with wooden spoon. When ball starts to form, start kneading dough with hands. Cean any dough from sides of bowl and add into dough.
  4. Add more flour, sprinkling over dough, as needed, so that dough does not stick to hands.
  5. Continue kneading dough, folding over and working with hands until it feels elastic and smooth.
  6. Divide dough into 2-4 portions.
  7. Shape each piece into a ball (which helps make for more even circles) and roll out with a rolling pin on a floured counter until 1/8" thick. Tortillas will rise when cooking and while you don't want them so thin they will tear, you don't want them overly thick either--just thick enough to have that hearty quality, without being to "chewy."
  8. Place in greased frying pan on top of stove and cook over low heat covered. Turn tortillas as they cook. Continue cooking until tortillas are golden brown.



As seen in the pictures to the right, this batch of dough was made with whole wheat flour. White or whole wheat flour works well for tortillas.

Golden Brown and Ready to Eat

Image: Homemade Tortilla
Image: Homemade Tortilla | Source

How to Serve Your Thick Tortillas

  • As touched on homemade tortillas can be used as a bread to accompany chili, soups or stews and can be eaten plain or spread with butter.
  • I like to sprinkle cheese over tortillas and eat them that way.
  • Larger soft tortillas can be filled with cooked hamburger or beans, topped with cheese, sour cream and hot sauce, then folded over for tortilla-wiches.

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Athlyn Green 3 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hi Bo, thanks for stopping by. I find I make tortillas quit often, as a quick bread. I much prefer these to the thin ones.


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botipton 3 years ago from Cecilia, KY

Great information and pictures. It made me hungry. I grew up in the southwest eating tortillas and where I live it is hard to get good ones. Now we have to make our own. Good thing it is easy.


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mecheshier 3 years ago

Great Hub!!! I love homemade tortillas. I have never added baking powder before. I will have to give it a try. Thanks :-)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

These look really good. I have never tried to make them. I had a neighbor once show me how but I never did try the recipe she had. Voted up.

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