How to Make Flour Tortillas from Scratch

It’s Cinco De Mayo, and many are celebrating with delicious flavors from Mexico. My family is a huge fan of this cuisine, and recently while my daughter was visiting, she showed me how to make flour tortillas from scratch. Yes, it is so much more convenient to buy them at the grocery store. However, when you’re a young adult, saving money is an important priority. Also, there is definitely something to be said for creating good food from scratch. Often they taste better, and you don’t have all the added preservatives found in their store bought counterpart.

Make Flour Tortillas
Make flour tortillas from scratch.

This recipe makes 8 large burrito size tortillas, or 16 smaller taco size.

Dough ball to make homemade flour tortillas

All you need is flour, salt, baking powder, vegetable oil and water to make these yummy tortillas. Since they are all standard pantry items, you can pretty much make them at any time.

Cut dough ball into 8 sections.

We decided to make eight and used them in my Chicken and Black Bean Tortillas Casserole for dinner that evening.

Flour tortillas from scratch pressed down with palm.

They didn’t take long to make, but we did have a nice little assembly line going with the two of us. 

Flour tortilla in frying pan.

As you can see, they were not perfectly round, and that has everything to do with my impatience and dough rolling ability. 🙂

Homemade flour tortillas separated by parchment paper.

My daughter says she likes to make these and refrigerate them for the week in a zip bag separated with foil, or parchment paper. That and a pot of beans keeps her in burrito heaven for a whole week, and leaves her extra spending money for shopping and going out with friends.

Here’s The Recipe:

Make flour tortillas from scratch.

Homemade Flour Tortillas


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl with your hands until it forms into a large non-sticky dough ball, add flour if needed.

  2. Cut dough ball into even pieces. Eight for large burrito size tortillas or 16 for small taco size tortillas.

  3. Knead each piece for about 30 seconds and roll into a ball and place on parchment paper.

  4. Press each ball flat with the palm of your hand and then cover with a towel for 15 minutes.

  5. Roll each ball out on a floured surface until paper thin. About 8-10 inches round for 8 cut balls or 6 inches for 16 pieces.

  6. Cook each tortilla in a non-stick large skillet on high. (no oil or cooking spray need) Bubbles will they form on the tortilla and you can pop them with a fork. After one minute flip the tortilla over and continue to cook for an additional 30 seconds.

  7. Stack on individual pieces of parchment paper or foil.

  8. Once cool slide into a ziplock bag, trimming parchment if needed and place in the refrigerator for up to one week.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I may have to surprise Robert with a batch of homemade tortillas. When he was a kid and got home from school, (Latch key kid) his mom always had tortilla batter made up in the fridge and he would make them fresh on the stove for a snack. Smeared in butter of course! I guess it’s those simple things in life that are simply the best.

    • Hi Carole,

      What a fun story. I don’t know if the recipe can hold a candle to Robert’s mom but it sure was fun making them from scratch.
      Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi. I used your recipe as i was looking for a yeast free dough. I made the full batch then halved it. Rolled out one half slightly thicker than for the tortilla and then cooked it makes lovely stone baked pizza bases. Thank you I will store this as a winner in my book.

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