Flour tortilla recipe

I’m not a super chef or an amazing photographer, so I don’t usually blog about this sort of thing. But I have had SO many people ask me for my tortilla recipe, I thought I’d attempt to articulate my recipe, tips and tricks and post them here.

The recipe is pretty simple and straightforward:

3 c. flour
1 t. salt
1/3 c. oil
1 c. warm water

Mix flour and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in oil with a fork. Slowly incorporate water, mixing with your hands until a soft dough forms. [You will probably NOT use the entire 1 c. of warm water. I usually use closer to 3/4 c.] If you have an electric stove, preheat pan to medium heat.

Form 2 inch balls of dough.


If you don’t have a tortilla press (I don’t), roll flat with a rolling pin.


Roll the dough as flat as you possibly can. Think it’s flat enough? Press harder. If you try for paper thin, you’ll probably end up with cardstock thin and it’ll be perfect.


Place tortilla in hot pan. When it bubbles, like this-


Flip.  Cook second side until brown spots form.


Tada! Warm, wonderful, homemade tortillas. Ready for whatever you want to use them for. My kids usually just eat them plain. They are THAT good.



1. Do I have to flour the counter or grease my pan? No and no. If your dough is right, it will stretch and not stick. It’s awesome stuff.

2. Can I stack my rolled tortillas before they are cooked? Yes! I just discovered this recently. So, you can roll as you go or roll ahead.

3. How many does it make? Approximately fourteen 10″ tortillas

4. How do I make my tortillas round? Mine are never round, so I can’t help you there. Maybe a tortilla press would help. But, personally, I like to play the “My tortilla looks like a____” game.

5. Can I save them for later? Absolutely! Store in a gallon Ziploc bag in the fridge. Mine have never lasted long enough to go bad, so I don’t know exactly how long they will keep. Just make sure your bag is airtight or the tortillas will dry out.

6. Can I stack them before they are cooled? Yes, I take finished tortillas directly from the pan to my cooling plate where they all sit in a pile until they are cool enough to go in the storage bag.