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How to Make Soft and Thick Tortillas

Updated on November 16, 2017
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Athlyn loves "all things bread" and shares her tips and recipes for homemade bread, quick breads, and all varieties in between.

A Thick Homemade Tortilla--Wholesome and so Good

Soft, Thick Tortilla
Soft, Thick Tortilla | Source

You Can Easily Make Soft, Thick Tortillas From Home.

I've always liked tortillas but never cared for their "thinness." I've noticed that thin tortillas can become soggy and they tear quite easily. While their thinness makes them pliable and as such they can be rolled around ingredients, such as for wraps, and for other uses, they can be awkward. Never mind that they seem lightweight and when you are hankering for a real meal, they may not seem all that filling.

Thicker tortillas, by contrast, are much sturdier, and to me, they are far more satisfying, because you feel like you've really bitten into something.

It is very easy to make thick tortillas from home and these do quite nicely when you are out of bread, low on ingredients or wish for something a little different. And the great thing about making your own tortillas is flavor. I notice, with some of the store-bought tortillas, there's an under-taste I don't care for.

Ingredients for Soft Tortillas

You only need a few 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

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. Clean 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.
  8. Place in greased frying pan on top of stove and cook over low heat covered. Flip tortillas as they cook. Continue cooking until tortillas are golden brown.

Will it be White or Whole Wheat Tortillas?

White or whole wheat flour can be used when making tortillas.

Making Tortillas

Adding liquid to dry ingredients.
Adding liquid to dry ingredients. | Source
Mixing ingredients for tortillas.
Mixing ingredients for tortillas. | Source
Tortilla dough.
Tortilla dough. | Source
Rolling out tortillas.
Rolling out tortillas. | Source

Whole Wheat Tortillas

As seen in the pictures above, this batch of dough was made with whole wheat flour.

How to Serve Thick Tortillas

Tortillas can be cut into wedges.

  • Eat plain or spread with butter.
  • Cut into wedges and dip into humus.
  • Spread with refried beans, olives, and grated cheese.
  • Fry hamburger, season with Taco Seasoning, top tortillas with this mixture.

Golden Brown and Ready to Eat

Homemade Tortilla
Homemade Tortilla | Source
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    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 5 years ago from West Kootenays

      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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      Bo Tipton 5 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 5 years ago

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

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 5 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.