How to Make Homemade Flour Tortillas
Save Money by Learning How to Make Homemade Tortillas
Making your own homemade flour tortillas is a great way to save money, and it’s also quite a bit of fun! Plus, eating homemade tortillas just feels so much better than eating the store-bought ones. I love anything I can make homemade!
As far as how easy it is to make homemade tortillas, it’s actually really simple! Once you get the hang of it you can bust them out pretty quickly and then store them for later. It’s such a great way to prepare for taco night!
Step 1. Get a Tortilla Maker or Tortilla Press
How to use a tortilla maker:
A tortilla maker, well, makes tortillas. That’s the simplest way to put it. How it works is it flattens out the dough, and then heats up and cooks the tortilla. It’s a bit like a waffle maker but flat. I like to use this Revel Tortilla Maker to make my tortillas, but you can find a ton of different ones on Amazon.
How to use a tortilla press:
If you don’t want to pay extra for a tortilla maker, you can spend a bit less and get a tortilla press. A tortilla press is really similar to a tortilla maker except it doesn’t have the heat function, it just presses the tortilla into a flat circle.
After you flatten the tortilla with the press, you’ll just have to cook it on a skillet or electric griddle of some sort. This adds one extra step but it’s really not too bad.
Step 2. Make the Dough and Separate into Balls
After you mix all of your ingredients together to create the tortilla dough, you’re going to divide it into 8 portions. Roll those portions into balls and let them rest for about 10 minutes.
Step 3. Place Dough Toward the Back of the Tortilla Maker
I place the dough towards the back of the tortilla maker because it usually gets pushed forward a bit when I press it down.
Step 4. Flatten it with the Tortilla Maker
When you press the tortilla down, make sure to go slowly so that you don’t get any cracks around the edges.
Step 5. Cook Until Lightly Brown on Both Sides. You will have to flip it over.
You’ll want to cook your tortillas until they’re lightly brown on both sides. If you’re using a tortilla maker you can just let it cook it (you might still have to flip it).
If you’re using a tortilla press or rolling out the tortillas yourself, just cook them on medium heat for about 1 minute on each side. Like I said above, they should be lightly brown on both sides.
I definitely recommend getting the family involved in this tortilla making process if you can! It may not seem like it, but it’s actually quite a bit of fun to see a tortilla being made right in front of your eyes.
Other than that, you can now see that making homemade tortillas is pretty easy! It will take a bit of time, but I think the savings are worth it.
Recipes that use tortillas:
- Freezer Chicken Enchiladas Recipe (So Easy)
- Slow Cooker Carne Asada Tacos Recipe
- Baked Shredded Beef Taquitos Recipe
- Quick Buffalo Chicken Wrap Recipe
- 30 Minute Meals: BBQ Chicken Street Burritos
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How to Make Homemade Flour Tortillas
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup water
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.
- Stir in water and oil.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10-12 times, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough.
- Let rest for 10 minutes.
- Divide dough into eight portions.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a 7-in. circle. (or just put on tortilla maker and smash)
- In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook tortillas over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned.
- Keep warm. Yield: 8 tortillas.
Comments & Reviews
I’ll have to get myself a tortilla press, that looks great! I make my own tortillas now and love them! You’ll get them to be a bit fluffier if you use a little baking powder 🙂
Thanks for the tip!
I have that same tortilla maker, I really like it but when I press my tortillas out they never look that good. I usually pat them to a flattened circle before a gentle press.
I had tried a few recipes and mine never tasted just how I wanted them. I stopped into a local tex-mex place that had fab-boo tortillas and asked the waiter for the recipe or what I was doing wrong. I was using the same recipe and the cook told me that I needed to add more ‘LOVE’ into my making them. It worked. I prayed over my tortilla while I was making them, thanking God for my family and love ones. (that and I went to the Mexican Grocery and bought a tortilla mix) but I really think it was the love.
P.S. I always like to know the author’s general local when writing or replying. I have lived in Central Texas since 1993, and I tend to be a tortilla and salsa diva.
Tracy, THANKS for your tips and comments! I love it!
Will this work as well with whole wheat flour?
I haven’t tried it but I would imagine it would. You might have to adjust the moisture content.
Can these be made ahead and stored in a ziplock bag? We have tacos or fajitas every week so this would save us a lot.
Yes, they store great. I do that all the time.
I was given the Revel CTM 680 as a gift. Unfortunately it arrived without a user manual. Was hoping someone here could email me a copy if they have one as I have searched everywhere online and not been able to find one. I look forward to using it but would like some information on it.