Tortillas are something I couldn’t live without. We eat them almost daily around our house.  I’ve wanted to make homemade tortillas for a long time because we eat them so often that making them homemade would save money. Plus it is healthier. And if I can make my own, then I can have them anytime, even if I can’t get to the store for some reason.

Homemade Tortillas (Easy and Authentic Recipe)

I’ve tried to make homemade tortillas many times, but to be honest, I’ve struggled. Every recipe I’ve found is essentially the same: flour, shortening (which I don’t love) or lard or oil, salt, maybe some baking powder, and milk or water. But no matter how many recipes I’ve tried I just couldn’t quite get the soft, supple goodness I was hoping for. Either they ended up too thick and more like pita bread or too thin and more like a chip or just right thickness-wise, but crumbly.

Well, I think I’ve finally found it: the perfect homemade tortilla recipe.  For me, the secret is yeast.  I know…not a typical tortilla ingredient, right?  I just decided on a whim one day to try it, and they were the most tender, soft, and flavorful tortillas I’ve ever made.

Plus, these homemade tortillas keep well.  Make a large batch, and freeze them.  Or if you really love that hot-off-the-grill-ness, make up some dough, and keep it in the fridge for up to a week.  Portion off just a bit at a time, and cook them up as needed.  These also make great wraps and thin-crust pizzas.

Also, these can be made with white flour or whole white wheat flour.  The first few pictures below (ingredients, etc.) show white flour, but the finished product pictures below show them with whole white wheat flour. I’ve made them both ways, and they always turn out!

What You Need for Making Homemade Tortillas?

Start by gathering your ingredients.

Homemade Authentic Tortillas ingredients
Homemade Pita Bread Ingredients

Homemade Soft Authentic Tortillas: Steps

How to Make Tortilla Dought at Home

  1. Add the hot (but not boiling) water, yeast, and sugar to your mixer.
Add Water Yeast and Sugar
  1. Let that sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast is completely dissolved.
Yeast dissolved pita bread
  1. Now add the oil, salt, and flour.
Add Oil Salt and Flour to homemade dought
  1. Start with the mixer on low until all ingredients are incorporated. Then increase speed to medium, and leave running for 5-7 minutes until you have a very smooth dough. You made need to add a little flour. The dough should just barely start to pull off the sides of the mixer. It is better to add too little flour than too much.
Smooth tortilla Dough
  1. Coat your hands and a large bowl with a bit of olive oil. Remove the dough from the mixer and place it into the bowl. Cover with a moist towel, and let rise until double (about 45 min to just over an hour).
Let the homemade tortilla Dough Rise
  1. Divide the dough into 12 balls.  At this point, you can refrigerate your dough for up to a week. If you want just one tortilla at a time, this is a great option!  Now, using your hands, gently flatten each ball into a disk.
Flatten pita dough into disk
  1. Place the first disk on a floured surface and roll from the center out until about 10-12 inches in diameter.  Don’t pick the tortilla up (unless it is sticking).  Just roll from the center out in each direction all the way around.  The dough should be very thin when rolled out.
Thin and soft tortilla dough

How to Cook Soft Tortillas at Home

  1. Warm a cast iron skillet or electric griddle over high heat (you want a hot pan). Once pan is very hot, drizzle a little olive oil in the pan and then wipe off the excess.
Oil on pan for tortillas
  1. Lay a rolled-out tortilla on the skillet, and cook for 30 seconds, until you see bubbles starting to form.  Flip and cook for 30-60 seconds on the other side, until large toasted spots appear on the underside. Flip again and cook another 15-30 seconds to toast the first side.
Cooking homemade soft tortillas
  1. The tortilla should start to puff up during this time; if it doesn’t or if only small pockets form, try pressing the surface of the tortilla gently with a spatula or clean towel (below is actually a picture of a homemade pita since I forgot to take one of the tortilla at this time, but the same principle applies).
Push for bubbles in tortillas

Enjoy!

These homemade tortillas have a "secret" ingredient that makes them extra soft!

Homemade Tortillas
 
Cuisine: Latin
Author: Misty
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup hot (not boiling) water
  • 2 tsp. active dry or instant
  • yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Add the hot (but not boiling) water, yeast, and sugar to your mixer. Let sit for about 5 minutes until the yeast is completely dissolved.
  2. Add the oil, salt, and flour to yeast mixture.
  3. Turn mixture on low, and mix until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Increase speed to medium and leave running for 5-7 minutes until you have a very smooth dough. You may need to add a little flour. Dough should just barely start to pull off the sides of the mixer.
  5. Coat your hands and a large bowl with a bit of olive oil.
  6. Remove the dough from the mixer, and place into the bowl. Cover with a moist towel, and let rise until double (about 45 min to just over an hour depending on your home).
  7. Divide the dough into 12 balls. Using your hands, gently flatten each ball into a disk.
  8. Place the first disk on a floured surface, and roll from the center out until about 10-12 inches in diameter.
  9. Warm a cast iron skillet or electric griddle over high heat. Once pan is very hot, drizzle a little olive oil in the pan, and then wipe off the excess.
  10. Lay a rolled-out tortilla on the skillet, and bake for 30 seconds, until you see bubbles starting to form.
  11. Flip and cook for 30-60 seconds on the other side, until large toasted spots appear on the underside. Flip again and cook another 15-30 seconds to toast the first side. The tortilla should start to puff up during this time; if it doesn’t or if only small pockets form, try pressing the surface of the tortilla gently with a spatula or clean towel.
  12. Enjoy!
 

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