Kitchen Basics: How to Make Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

When it comes to how to make homemade flour tortillas this recipe is the only way to go. Homemade tortillas have been a huge staple for me recently, they are so simple to make and taste so much better than any store-bought tortilla. I use these when I’m making quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, tortilla chips, or anything that you would need a tortilla for I make the homemade version, these easy tortillas are soft with the most perfect flavor

I first started making homemade tortillas about a year ago when I saw a TikTok of a woman making homemade tortilla chips and in her comments, she mentioned that she had also made the tortillas herself. They weren’t store-bought that she was just cutting up to then fry for tortilla chips and I thought Oh my gosh that’s so cool I wonder if I could do that. So I scoured the web for a few hours, trying to find what looked like the best how to make homemade flour tortillas recipe and I tried a few.

Some were a little bit too thick for me, some weren’t big enough, some weren’t soft enough, but this recipe is the perfect soft, thin tortilla. Typically to make tortillas you would use a tortilla press to allow you to get a nice then tortilla. I don’t have one of those but if you use the method in this how to make homemade flour tortillas recipe it’ll all work out and it’s really not necessary. I try to avoid buying new kitchen equipment if it’s only for one sole purpose because as a college student, we’re cooking on budget and my apartment is also tiny and I don’t have space for a tortilla press on my counter. 

When I’ve made this how to make homemade flour tortillas for friends, everyone has been so shocked and surprised that they were homemade and not from the store, because they really are so good. The best is when you make them right before you’re going to serve them.

How to Make Homemade Flour Tortillas


2.5 cups all-purpose flour

Pinch of kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ cup olive oil

¾ cups of warm water


1.Add dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix until fully combined

2. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add your oil and water. Begin mixing by folding the dry ingredients over the top and continue this until you have a shaggy dough.

Kitchen Basics: How to Make Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

3. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth, about 2 minutes.

4. Divide the dough into 16 equal balls, flatten with your hands, cover with a kitchen towel, and rest for 20 minutes.

Kitchen Basics: How to Make Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

5. After the dough has rested, heat a pan over medium heat.

6. Roll dough into ¼ inch thick circles and place circles one at a time on the hot pan. 

Kitchen Basics: How to Make Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

7. Cook for 45 seconds, flip, and cook for another 20 seconds.

Kitchen Basics: How to Make Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

8. Serve warm.

These can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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If you want to go for the real deal how to make homemade flour tortillas you can buy a tortilla press but again I don’t find it to be necessary. These homemade flour tortillas are thin, soft, and tender all without the tortilla press. The pull apart perfectly and are the best addition to taco night. Once you start making your tortillas at home you will never go back.

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