This easy flour tortilla recipe is perfect for tacos, quesadillas or wraps.
Vegetables and herbs can be added to this easy flour tortilla recipe for fun colors and flavor variations.
Soft flour tortillas are so versatile.
They’re a great sandwich substitute in a lunchbox, delicious when turned into quesadillas, or use as quick pizza base.
I think everyone should have a basic tortilla recipe under their belt. The number of times whipping up a batch of these has gotten us through a ‘there’s nothing for dinner!’ situation, I can’t even count!
Easy Flour Tortilla Recipe Ingredients and Method
The tortilla ingredients are simple – flour, hot water, salt, oil, and baking powder.
It’s all mixed into a soft dough and left to rest for 5-10 minutes while the dough cools down. The hot water softens the dough so it’s easy to roll out.
This batch of dough makes 6 medium or 8 small tortilla wraps
Rolling Out Tortillas
Roll one tortilla out at a time. If you roll too many at once they’ll soften and start to stick.
Roll each circle out on a floured bench until it is about 2mm thin. That’s really thin, but not so thin that it becomes see-through.
Preheat A Cast Iron Pan
While you’re rolling, preheat a cast-iron pan or a similar heavy-bottomed pan. This will keep the heat consistent while cooking the tortillas.
The pan needs to be hot which creates those little pockets of air in the tortillas but also cooked through enough without burning the tortilla.
A little like the first pancake (you know, the first one that’s always a mess because the pan isn’t hot enough, or too hot), the first tortilla may not be your best.
Use the first tortilla as a guide to what temperature your pan is. It needs to be hot but if it starts burning the dough straight away then it’s too hot. Pre-heat an uncreased cast-tin pan on medium high-heat first, then turn it down to medium-low heat and keep it there for the duration of cooking.
Cooking Flour Tortillas
Cook each tortilla for two minutes on one side, then flip it and cook for another 1 1/2- 2 minutes on the other side.
Watch for small bubbles to appear in the dough when it’s cooking for the first two minutes. Flip the dough and check that the bubbles aren’t burnt. If they get too black then the tortilla won’t be as soft to roll up. A medium-dark golden brown is perfect.
Stack them on a rack or plate, one on top of the other, and cover with a tea towel while they cool.
Then let them cool completely before rolling them up. They may break and crack if you try to roll them before they have cooled.
Store the wraps in an airtight container in the pantry for up to three days or freeze them.
Flour Tortilla Variations.
Use the same basic recipe below for these variations. The water amount will vary as some of the variations use wet ingredients.
In a blender add 1 cup of greens (spinach, kale, silverbeet…etc) along with 1/4 cup of hot water. Add this to the basic tortilla recipe though adapt the water so you only use as much as needed.
To the basic tortilla, dough recipe adds 1 tsp ground turmeric or 1 Tbsp grated fresh turmeric.
To the basic tortilla, dough recipe adds 1/2 cup finely grated fresh beetroot (adapt the water amount so you only use as much as needed) or 2 Tbsp dehydrated beetroot powder.
- 300g all purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 180-190ml hot water
- In a bowl combine the flour, oil, salt and baking powder. Add in the hot water, slowly and not all at once. Mix together with a fork to start then start, then once it's not too hot to touch, gently knead by hand until it forms a soft but not sticky, pliable dough. You may not need all the water, especially when adding other wet ingredients like spinach or beetroot.
- Leave this dough to sit and cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Place the dough ball on a floured bench and cut into 6-8 even sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and let them relax for 5-10 minutes.
- Preheat a cast-iron pan on medium-high heat.
- Roll one piece of dough out into a circle of about 1.5mm thickness. Place in the preheated pan, don’t add any grease or oil. If the dough starts smoking, turn down the heat.
- Cook on one side for two minutes before flipping and cooking on the other side for approximately 1.5 minutes more.
- Repeat the rolling and cooking process with the remaining dough. Place the cooked tortillas on a wire rack or plate to cool, stacking them on top of each other. Cool completely before rolling up.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 3.9gSaturated Fat: 0.6gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 28.9gFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gProtein: 3.9g