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How to Make Soft, Thick Tortillas

Updated on December 1, 2016
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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--so Wholesome, so Good

Image:  Soft, Thick Tortilla
Image: 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 are suited for that purpose, 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 scratch your culinary itch.

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 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. And the great thing about making your own tortillas is flavor. I notice with some of the store-bought tortillas, that there's an under taste I don't care for.

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 here.

What ingredients Do You Need to Make Soft, Tortillas?

Tortillas take few ingredients to make. 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

Making Tortillas

Adding liquid to dry ingredients.
Adding liquid to dry ingredients. | Source
Mixing ingredients for tortillas.
Mixing ingredients for tortillas. | Source
Dough for tortillas.
Dough for tortillas. | Source
Rolling out tortillas.
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. 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--just thick enough to have that hearty quality, without being too "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.

Whole Wheat Tortillas

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 Thick Tortillas

Tortillas can be cut into wedges.

  • Eat plain or spread with butter.
  • Dip wedges into humus.
  • Wedges make a nice dipping bread to eat with soups and stews.
  • Place sliced cheese on top.
  • Spread with refried beans, olives, and top with cheese.

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    • Athlyn Green profile image

      Athlyn Green 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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.