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How to Make Tortillas with Video

Recipe By Tessa Arias
September 11th, 2013

How to make super simple and ultra tasty homemade flour tortillas complete with a quick quick video tutorial!

Yield: 16 tortillas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 16 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Homemade tortillas have an almost indescribable taste that store-bought tortillas don’t even come close rivaling.
Texture: The absolute best part. These tortillas are JUST how I like them! On the thicker side with a sturdy chew. They can stand up to any filling.
Ease: Very easy. They just require a little bit of patience, especially while you wait for the dough to rest.
Appearance: A tall stack of homemade tortillas should make anyone’s mouth water.
Pros: Easy yet impressive and completely delightful.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes! I like to double the recipe and freeze the tortillas so I always have them on hand!

I am totally and completely sleep deprived right now. I don’t know how people with babies cope. I NEED at least 6 or 7 hours sleep otherwise I can’t function properly. Luckily with no children and no reason to have a super early morning alarm, I am usually well rested. I almost never have a problem falling asleep, probably because I love it so much. Last night was another story, though, and the only thing getting me through today is my excitement in sharing with you this fabulous recipe for homemade tortillas, complete with a how to make tortillas video! Oh, and I may have indulged in some retail therapy at the MAC makeup counter. Oops. It’s a reward to myself because I’m starting to get this video thing down! There was certainly a learning curve. Luckily I pick up computer programs and technology stuff pretty quickly, even when running on fumes.

If you’ve never tasted homemade tortillas before you need to get into your kitchen and make these as soon as possible! The difference between homemade tortillas and store-bought ones is crazy. You may never want to buy them again, especially after you see that you probably already have everything you need to make these in your kitchen! I’d like to note that this recipe isn’t exactly traditional. I don’t think you’ll mind it, though, because this recipe produces scrumptious results.

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How to make
Flour Tortillas

Yield: 16 tortillas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Inactive Time 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
How to make super simple and ultra tasty homemade flour tortillas complete with a quick quick video tutorial!


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (17 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk


  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and oil. Gradually add the milk, stirring with a wooden spoon until absorbed. Continue stirring until a sticky ball of dough begins to form.
  2. Remove the dough to a floured work surface and knead for about 2 minutes, or until the dough is soft and cohesive. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes. Don't skip the resting!
  3. Divide the dough into 16 equally sized portions. Roll each portion into a ball. Cover the balls with plastic wrap and let rest for another 10 minutes.
  4. Take one ball of dough and flatten it with your hands. Using a floured rolling pin on a floured work surface, roll out the tortilla until very thin and about 8-inches in diameter. Keep the tortillas covered until ready to cook.
  5. Heat a heavy, ungreased griddle or skillet over medium-high heat. Toss a tortilla onto the griddle and cook until brown spots begin to appear, about 1 minute. Use tongs to flip the tortilla and cook on the other side, about 1 minute longer. Transfer to a plate and finish the rest of the tortillas. Keep the tortillas stacked under a clean towel to keep warm. Serve or refrigerate the tortillas for up to 1 week or freeze in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

You can substitute half the flour with whole wheat flour. Also check out this recipe I posted long ago for homemade spelt flour tortillas.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — September 11, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Thanks for the video tutorial Tessa! I love homemade tortillas but mine always end up so crumbly that I have to make tortilla chips out of them every time ๐Ÿ™ Still delicious, but I wish I got tortillas which I am able to fold. I must try this recipe soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Tieghan — September 11, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Homemade tortillas are the best! I wish I made them more! Thanks for this awesome and so cute video! Your are seriously a pro at both cooking and live tv! Someone needs to give you your own show!

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    Anna — September 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I’m definitely going to have to try making these at home–you make it look so easy! Great video!!

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    Ada ~ More Food, Please — September 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Enjoyed watching your video! I like that you used vegetable oil instead of lard–definitely much healthier! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Gaby — September 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Great video, you make it look so easy!

  6. #
    Robin — September 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I agree you do make it looks so easy. I’m definitely going to try these this weekend. Thanks!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    These are on my to do list!! You make it look so easy, and I know it isn’t hard. Not sure why I keep putting it off!

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    Melissa — October 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I just made these. They are so much better then store bought! My kids love them! Thank you for a wonderful recipe! I love your blog and cannot wait to make more !

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    Lena — November 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Just letting my dough rest for the first time… I replaced half of the flour with oat flour, can’t wait to see how it turns out! Great video, you explain all the steps really well!

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    Elaine — December 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    These turned out great and were so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  11. #
    Heather — January 31, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    These look great and I am excited to try them out! Is it okay that I don’t have a heavy skillet?

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      Tessa — February 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      That should be fine, just watch carefully for any hot spots that might scorch.

  12. #
    Kristin — February 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    These were fantastic!!! The best homemade tortilla recipe I have ever had and used. My kids and husband ate them up. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    Fran — August 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    These look amazing!! Guess what I’m making for dinner tomorrow :-).

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