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Easy to Make Gluten Free Tortillas

Updated on April 2, 2016
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Living on a farm in Brazil, I've gained local in-depth knowledge of food, plants, and traditions, which I share through my articles.

Gluten Free Tortillas Using Cassava Flour

Whether you are looking for a gluten free tortilla recipe because of dietary concerns or if you feel bloated after eating too much gluten, here is a recipe for tortillas using cassava flour.

In this recipe I will take you step by step in the preparation of making these tortillas using just 3 ingredients. Cassava flour, salt and water. That's it. The filling will be your choice. These could be sweet or savory. Use as you would a tortilla or a crepe.

Let's get started. The ingredients are a rough guide as all flours, including cassava will vary in the amount of water they absorb.

The cassava flour I am using is homemade. Not by me, I might add. This was produced by a local family and was given to me in exchange for some wood we were clearing. Here in Brazil, where I live, many people still cook outside over an open fire and use the wood to fuel their fires.

The cassava flour you see to in the photo below will probably look lumpy to you. I could have sieved it but I didn't bother. This is a tradition here. It is available to buy in even the smallest shops either as a flour which is milled finely or ready made which is kept in the refrigerator and has a shorter expiry date.

At the bottom of the page I have a link which shows how the cassava tuber is still traditionally prepared here by a local family.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 4 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cassava flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt to taste
Home processed cassava flour
Home processed cassava flour

How to make Cassava tortillas

  1. Begin by placing your flour in a medium sized bowl You will be working this with your hands and it can splash out. Add salt. I would start with just a pinch.
  2. We are going to begin to add the water. The amount you need will vary due to factors such as humidity and the processing method of the flour. It may take you a few tries to get it right as it is through a visual and texture idea where you will be able to tell the difference.
  3. When you add a few tablespoons of the water, parts of the flour will turn hard. You need to break these up with your fingers and continue to mix.
  4. The mixture should hold together when gathered in a ball in the palm of your hand.If you can touch it with your finger and it breaks apart, it is correct. If it is too sticky, the end result will be sticky. If this is the case add more flour. If you mixture doesn't hold together when squeezed in your hand you need more water.
  5. Using a small non-stick frying pan,preheat your pan for a couple of minutes.No oil should be added. Sprinkle part of the mixture just until it covers the base of the pan. Fill in any gaps which may appear and gently press with your fingers to squash any larger lumps.
  6. As it begins to cook, you will see the edges begin to lift. With a spatula,gently lift and take a look. If it is just beginning to go golden in a few places, it is time to flip it. Some people prefer to keep it white and not golden. The main thing is it is cooked.
  7. You should be able to flip this easily using a spatula. I wouldn't advise flipping it like a pancake as you will have loose bits in the pan.
  8. You will notice this side looks smoother and this will be the outside of your tortilla. Continue to cook until the underneath side begins to go golden. Flip out on to a plate with the second side up.
  9. The second side might look lumpy and not as attractive. This makes it the ideal side to fill.
  10. I like to add butter and then a filling of my choice. Sometimes it is bananas, ham, cheese, jam or simply butter. Fold over or roll. If you are making several, keep them moist by covering with plastic wrap.
  11. If you are making more than one, empty the frying pan of any bits and wipe it with a paper towel. If you don't do this, the subsequent ones will taste burnt.

Cassava Pancakes

This is a very basic version I have shown you. Many people here in the northeast of Brazil use this in place of bread. Here it is called tapioca and often has grated coconut mixed in with it. Thicker versions of these can be bought from vendors on street corners along with a small strong sweet coffee called a cafezinho.

I have also used seeds such as chia seeds mixed in to give it extra health benefits.The fillings can be whatever you want and this can be used in place of tortillas.

The video below shows how they make it in a Tapioqueiras. These are places where you can pick the filling.I was recently in one which offered 40 different fillings for their famous tapioca. These ranged from meats and cheese to chocolate.

Buy Gluten Free Tortillas

If you still aren't convinced you can do it, or if you are short of time, you can purchase gluten free tortillas from Amazon.

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    • Blond Logic profile image
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      Mary Wickison 19 months ago from Brazil

      Hi MizBejabbers,

      Cassava flour and tapioca flour are different. They both come from the same plant however. Plus to make matters even more confusing here in Brazil they call these tapioca. Although they do sell tapioca pearls for pudding as well.

      Your best better would be a Caribbean market or Amazon. Although Amazon have some things labelled incorrectly calling it the same thing. Tapioca is the starch from the plant and Cassava is made from just the root. Good luck with your search.

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      MizBejabbers 19 months ago

      Mary, I've never seen cassava flour here in my area, but we can buy tapioca flour. Are they from the same plant? After years and years of problems, and trying various diets, like sugar-free and dairy-free, my problem was discovered to be from gluten. I would really like to try these tortillas. The store-bought gluten-free ones won't hold together to fold over. Thanks for a really good descriptive article.

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Thanks. I have to look into it.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      I am sure you will be able to locate it as I know my Mexican cookbook lists recipes using it. That is the great thing about where you live, you have such a wide variety of foods available to you. I know Amazon has it but I imagine health food stores and grocery stores will also have it.

      Let me know how you get on. Thanks for your visit.

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I've never heard of Cassava flour. I'll have to look around here in the US for it and give it a try. I'll have to research how it affects my sugar levels since I am diabetic also. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Not sure that would work. It is available through Amazon but I also believe health food stores will have that. It is also consumed in Mexican cooking as well so even in a good grocery store which has a Mexican or Latin American section.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Hi Blonde Logic! This looks delicious! I have never worked with cassava flour before and have never seen it. Could I just mill tapioca pearls?

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi PeachPurple,

      I hope you do get the opportunity to try it, thanks for the vote and share.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yummy, must try it one day, voted and shared

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      I think many people feel the benefit of eating gluten free foods. I am pleased to hear you will be giving this a try.

      Thanks for reading and take care.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Peggy,

      Glad you enjoyed it. This is something which is very popular in this region of Brazil. Thanks for the votes and the share.

      Have a wonderful holiday season.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you for this recipe There are several members of my family who are in need of gluten free foods. I will give this a try.

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have introduced me to something of which I had never seen or heard. Watching the video was very interesting along with looking at your photos. Thanks for the education about cassava being used in this manner. Up votes and sharing.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Techygran,

      Yes your friend is right, it is cassava. It is a very versatile plant. I hope you enjoy trying this recipe. Thanks for reading.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Mmm... this looks yummy. My Filipina friend calls our tapioca 'casava' so I'm guessing that it "works" to make that sub. I'm used to messing around with stuff, anyhow. I look forward to trying this. Thank you for posting!

      ~Cynthia

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Randomcreative,

      Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for your visit.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great resource! Thank you!

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Dianna,

      Oh how I miss the ability to open a pack of tortillas. I have been making them by hand since we moved to Brazil.

      This gluten free version is something which, I think, will help many people.

      Great to hear from you, have a lovely week.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Being of hispanic I love tortillas and can appreciate your sharing how to make them gluten-free.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      My neighbors looked at me strangely when I told them I didn't know how to make it.

      It was like saying, I couldn't boil water. Thankfully my friend showed me. Now I have been eating several times a week.

      Wonderful to hear from you Ms. Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very helpful. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Cassava flour used to be popular in my neighborhood when I was a kid; people made it at home. So many things I took for granted and never learned to do!

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Faith Reaper,

      I know products with gluten are adversely affecting a lot of people. Sometimes it just means a small change to continue enjoying what we love.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I love tortillas, and this is even better being gluten free! Thank you for sharing. Looks yummy.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      When I was handed the bag of flour, I had no idea what to do with it. My Brazilian friend showed me how to make what they call tapioca. This is what is pictured but completely different than the tapioca we know.

      Great to hear from you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very helpful and definitely something we would eat. Thank you for the share.