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How to make Homemade Flour Tortillas

Updated on December 3, 2015

Easy to Make Tortilla

Tortilla Cooking in a pan
Tortilla Cooking in a pan | Source

The Best Tortilla Recipe

I have tried many tortilla recipes but somehow they never turned out the way I wanted them to. This recipe is perfect, tortillas just the way I like them.
I am very stubborn, especially when it comes to foods that I like. When I decide to make something from scratch , I do not stop until I come up with a perfect recipe.
I never quit in my quest for good food. This particular recipe took many tries to perfect. In Croatia tortillas are pretty expensive compared to the US. Not only do home made tortillas taste better, but it is also more cost effective for the budget conscious.

Home made easy to cook Tortilla Recipe

5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of this Recipe

Tortilla Rolled

A beautiful Rolled Tortilla
A beautiful Rolled Tortilla | Source

Very Versatile Tortilla

Tortillas are originally made with maize flour.
Even though I like corn tortillas, I find that flour tortillas, are more versatile
and tasty with loads of different ingredients.

You can wrap tortillas with sausage and have them with chili or vegetables, stuff them with chicken or beef. Make burritos, chimichanga, fajitas , tortilla soup, pretty much anything. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to ways to eat tortillas.

Similar Flat bread in India

In India they have a similar flat bread called chapati , which is normally eaten with dalcha or curry. Chapati is also a good flat bread , it's a bit tougher and more floury then a tortilla.

Home made Tortilla

Home made Tortilla Cooking
Home made Tortilla Cooking | Source

Easy to make Tortillas

Homemade tortillas are easy to make and they store very well. Just freeze your tortilla and it will keep for ages.
I like to make about twenty tortillas at a time and freeze them.
In case of emergencies, such as friends coming over unannounced in need of a quick meal, your kids bring their friends over and they get hungry. You yourself get back late from work, and don't feel like cooking, just heat a tortilla, throw in some cold cuts, tomatoes , lettuce, a good sauce, and that is all you need for a quick and healthy meal.

Hand Rolled Tortilla

Hand Rolled Tortilla Dough
Hand Rolled Tortilla Dough | Source


If you like tortillas, I hope you try this recipe, super easy and quick.

Here are the ingredients

5 cups plain flour +1 cup for rolling.
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 and a half cups hot water
2 tbsp olive oil

Tortilla Waiting To be Rolled

Tortillas waiting to be rolled
Tortillas waiting to be rolled | Source

Rolled Tortilla

Use a rolling pin to shape the tortilla
Use a rolling pin to shape the tortilla | Source


Put 5 cups of flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl, mix well

In another bowl put hot water and olive oil, mix

Pour the water into the flour one cup at a time. Mix the water into the flour and add another cup, continue this process until you have used up all the water.

Kneed the dough for about one or two minutes.

Roll the dough into 12 balls.

Leave in warm place for ten minutes.

Place a little bit of flour on the table and start rolling your dough out,
Into a 12 inch circle, be sure to add a little flour on the top and bottom of the tortilla while rolling, so that the dough doesn't stick to your rolling pin or the table.

Continue until all 12 tortillas are done.

Heat a non stick frying pan and cook one tortilla at a time, about a minute or less on each side.

You need the tortilla to have light brown spots on both sides.

It is very important not to overcook the tortillas, otherwise they will be hard and unbendable.

To store tortillas, after cooking, cool and freeze.

© 2013 ketage


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    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Hi, To Start Again, thank you.

      I'm happy that you are going to make these tortillas :)

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      Selina Kyle 

      6 years ago

      I will definitely be trying this! We eat a lot of tortillas- thanks for posting!

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Hi Wildlifeofbd, It's great that you are making your own tortillas now.

      Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

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      Mohammad Mottakin 

      6 years ago from Dhaka Bangladesh

      I can now make tortila. It is so easy. Thanks for the article.

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      You just made me hungry rjvikas :)

      That sounds really good, now where do I get guacamole in Europe, lol. Thanks for commenting, hope to see more of you on hubpages.

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      6 years ago from United States

      'Chapati!', that's exactly what came to my mind when I saw this first. The only thing which is not there in a Chapati is baking soda. I guess that's what makes the tortillas softer. Otherwise, they are exactly the same. But there are variations of Chapati which use baking soda. After having tried numerous types of bread, I can't help but think of just cramming this with some corn, guacamole, onions, chick peas and a hint of hot sauce, and then gobble it down!

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Welcome to Hubpages PaulWFitzpatrick.

      Hubpages is great, I am sure you will like it here, its a Community of very nice people.

      Bon Appetite :)

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      Paul W. Fitzpatrick 

      6 years ago from Reading, MA

      I am making these this weekend! This is a definite "Why didn't I think of that?" My first night on HubPages and I got the answer to a question I didn't even know I was asking. Thanks!

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Thanks Shanna11, I am happy that you are going to make these tortillas :)

      I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

    • Shanna11 profile image


      6 years ago from Utah

      Your tortillas look beautiful! I always try and make my own, and they never look that good! Definitely going to give your recipe a try!

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Chacha, If I go for holiday to HK next year I will cook it for you :)

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      6 years ago

      :D cook to me ???

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Hello KatNance, I am sure you will love them :)

      Thanks for commenting :))

    • KatNance profile image


      6 years ago

      AWSOME...been wanting a homemade tortillas recipe...oh yeah making this tonight...thanks alot...

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Thank you FullOfLoveSites, It is really lots of fun to make.

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Thanks for pinning this titi6601, I hope you like it as much as me, I have it a couple of times a week as a light meal :)

      Have fun making them :)

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      6 years ago

      I am going to make this. Pinned!

    • FullOfLoveSites profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Wow! The ingredients are quite simple to attain. And it sounds like fun doing the dough. Thanks, it's a very nice hub. Voted up and useful. :)

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Thanks for commenting Zfuentes4, yeah they are pretty easy to make. I throw all sorts of stuff on them, Today I had mine with cold cut roasted chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and some mayo and mustard. the stuff i had lying around in my fridge. Needless to say I was too lazy to cook breakfast today :)

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Thanks for the comment and the vote up :)

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      6 years ago

      Nice Hub! Going to have to give it a try! Voted up and shared!

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      Z. Fuentes 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I have always wanted to make my own tortillas. This recipe seems very easy and pretty much foolproof. Thank you for sharing!

    • ketage profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Croatia

      Thanks for commenting Lizam1, I just had some for lunch. I really did enjoy them :-)

    • Lizam1 profile image


      6 years ago from Scotland

      I can't believe that I have never though to make my own tortillas before. Your recipe looks good. Thank you


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