Flour Tortillas

A stack of homemade flour tortillas

Learn how to make soft and delicious flour tortillas at home with this easy recipe. These homemade tortillas are perfect for wraps, tacos, and more!

Flour tortillas are a versatile staple in many cuisines, and with this recipe, you can make them from scratch right in your kitchen. They are easy to make and taste far superior to store-bought ones.

Granny's recipe book was full of versatile and adaptable recipes, and these Flour Tortillas are no exception. Feel free to experiment and adjust the recipe to suit your taste preferences. You can even add a touch of your favorite herbs or spices to make them uniquely yours!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil, or other neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Method

    • 1. In a medium-size bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Use a sturdy silicone spatula or a sturdy wooden spoon to mix the dry ingredients until well combined.

    • 2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the oil and water. Stir well from the bottom up until all dry ingredients are incorporated and the dough begins to come together and form a shaggy ball.

    • 3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 1-2 minutes until the dough is nice and smooth.

    • 4. Divide the dough into 16 equal portions. Form each piece into a ball and flatten with the palm of your hand. Cover the flattened balls of dough with a clean kitchen towel and allow them to rest for at least 15 minutes (or up to 2 hours) before proceeding.

    • 5. Heat a large pan over medium heat. Roll each dough piece into a rough circle, about 6-7 inches in diameter. Avoid stacking uncooked tortillas on top of each other to prevent sticking. When the pan is hot, place one dough circle into the pan and cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side until there are a few pale brown spots and the uncooked surface is bubbly. Stack the cooked tortillas in a covered container or zippered bag to keep them soft.

    • 6. Serve the warm tortillas or allow them to cool for later use. To warm them later, place a slightly damp paper towel in the bottom of a microwave-safe container (with a cover) that will hold the stacked tortillas. Microwave uncovered for 15-30 seconds (start with 15 seconds) or until warm, then keep covered to retain heat. Store any leftovers in an airtight container or zippered bag at room temperature for up to 24 hours or refrigerate for up to 1 week. For freezing, separate the tortillas with parchment paper or waxed paper and place them in a zippered bag before storing in the freezer.

    Enjoying Granny's Flour Tortillas

    Granny's homemade flour tortillas are a delightful addition to your kitchen. These soft and flavorful tortillas can elevate any dish, from classic tacos to creative wraps.

    With a simple list of ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, making your own flour tortillas is a rewarding experience that will impress your family and friends. And the best part? You can customize them to suit your taste, adding your favorite fillings and toppings for a delicious and satisfying meal.

    Remember, homemade flour tortillas are best enjoyed fresh and warm, but you can also store them for later use. Whether you're planning a taco night, making a hearty burrito, or simply enjoying them with a touch of butter, Granny's Flour Tortillas are a versatile and delicious addition to your culinary repertoire.

    The Rich History of Flour Tortillas

    Flour tortillas have a fascinating history that spans centuries and cultures. While the exact origins are not well-documented, these versatile flatbreads are believed to have originated in the Americas, particularly in Mesoamerica.

    Traditionally, corn tortillas were the staple flatbread in the region, made from masa, a dough made from dried corn kernels soaked in lime water. However, when wheat flour was introduced to the Americas by European explorers, it gradually made its way into the culinary traditions of the indigenous people.

    The Spanish conquistadors are often credited with bringing wheat and wheat flour to the Americas, and they likely played a role in the adoption of flour tortillas. Over time, the process of making flour tortillas evolved, incorporating local ingredients and techniques to create the version we know today.

    Flour tortillas quickly became popular due to their soft texture and milder flavor compared to their corn counterparts. They were especially favored in regions where wheat cultivation thrived, such as in Northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.

    Today, flour tortillas are a beloved staple in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, where they are used to make various dishes like burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and fajitas. Their widespread popularity has also led to adaptations and variations in other cuisines around the world.

    Tips and Serving Suggestions

    Here are some tips and serving suggestions to make the most of your homemade flour tortillas: