Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas
Homemade Flour Tortillas are one of those things that take a little work to make but it so worth the effort and with the help of the food processor the task has become a little bit simpler.These aren't quite authentic because I've been making mine with butter over the last few months since I seldom have shortening in the house and truth be told I've never bought lard..

Since these are delicious as is, why mess with a good thing?

Warning: Once you start making these it will be hard to eat store bought tortillas ever again. Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas are the way to go! 

In a food processor fitted with the dough blade add 3 1/2 cups Flour, 1 teaspoon Salt and 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder. Pulse until combined.
Cut 3/4 cup Cold Butter into tablespoon sized pieces and add to flour mixture. Pulse until butter is in pea sized pieces.
If you don't have a food processor butter can be cut into flour using a pastry cutter.
Slowly pour 1 1/3 cup hot water while mixing dough on dough setting until dough pulls together and becomes smooth but will still be sticky about 2 minutes.
Place dough in a bowl.
Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for 30 minutes to an hour.
This allows the flour to absorb the water making the dough less sticky and easier to work with.
Divide dough into 4 balls. Cut each ball into 5 equal pieces, for a total of 20 golf ball sized balls. Recover and allow to rest for another 20-30 minutes.
The second resting of the dough makes the balls easier to roll.
Roll dough into a circle between 2 pieces of parchment paper or on a lightly floured surface until as thin as possible.
They probably won't be a perfect circle, that's life don't fret! 
Extra tortillas can be stored between parchment paper in a plastic ziploc bag for 1-2 days before cooking because they are best when eaten fresh! 
Bake tortillas on a hot grill or cast iron pan. 
Tortillas are ready to flip when they start to bubble and start to become lightly brown.
Ready to serve Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas
Bake on other side until bubbly and puffy. 
Store cooked tortillas between a kitchen towel.
Soft Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas
Soft and chewy everything you love in good Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas. So good! 

Make sure to check out these other Mexican favs to go with your Soft Flour Tortillas:

Yield: 20 Servings
Nutrition facts: 138 calories, 7 grams fat

Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas

Homemade Soft Flour Tortillas a easy to make and so much better then what you can buy at the store from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
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prep time:20 MINScook time:20 MINStotal time:120 mins


  • 3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup Cold Butter, Cut Into 1 tablespoon pieces
  • 1 1/3 cup Hot Water, Almost Boiling


  1. In a food processor fitted with a dough blade add flour, sea salt, and baking powder. Pulse until combined. If a food processor isn't available add to a large bowl, and mix until combined.
  2. Add cold butter and pulse, until butter is the size of peas or cut butter into flour using a pastry cutter.
  3. Slowly pour hot water through feed tube while mixing dough on dough setting, until dough pulls together, and becomes smooth, but will still be sticky about 2 minutes. If your making tortillas by hand slowly pour water into the flour mixture while mixing. Knead dough by hand until smooth, about 7 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a large bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Allow dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces divide each piece into 5 equal golf ball sized pieces. Cover balls with a kitchen towel and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Roll dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper or on a lightly floured surface as thin as possible into a circle.
  7. If you roll tortillas between parchment they can be stored between parchment paper in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and baked as needed.
  8. To bake tortillas heat a grill or heavy duty cast iron pan over high heat until hot. Bake tortilla until bubbly, and lightly brown 30 seconds-1 minutes, flip tortillas, and brown other side. Wrap cooked tortillas in a kitchen towel to keep warm.
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  1. I like homemade tortillas. They taste so much FRESHER than those bagged one you usually find in the supermarkets. These look excellent, Serena.

  2. Your tortillas looks good. Goes well w any filling

  3. These look awesome! They are on my list of things to make. There is nothing better than a fresh flour tortilla.....

  4. I am going to try this tonight.

  5. I made them today. Amazeballs!!!!!!!

  6. thank you i'm going to try them.

  7. can these be made with whole wheat flour in place of regular flour? TIA!

    1. Hi Ann, I would use Whole Wheat Pastry Flour it can be used cup for cup instead of all-purpose. Thanks, Serena

  8. This dough reminds me of Empanada dough, a Spanish pastry turnover. I have made flour tortillas for years and have never used butter, except in making pie crusts, which this recipe reminds me also. I am going to use it also to make empanada dough also, worth a try. Thanks so very much Serena for this recipe. My main email address is AngelNBarb@live.com

  9. Can tortillas be frozen before cooking them? Thanks.

    1. Hi! I haven't tried it to know for sure, but I think it would work if you put some parchment between them before freezing them. Let me know if you try it, and how it goes. Thanks, Serena


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