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If I were a taco-architect and someone asked me to build a skyscraper out of tacos, I would require the finest, the freshest, the BEST tortillas available on Earth. If I were a budget-conscious taco-architect, (or one that hailed from Siberia or somewhere else where the BEST tortillas are unavailable) I would make those tortillas personally. Well, lucky for you and the people who hired me to make a taco skyscraper (Hint: It was not Jack-in-the-Box), I HAVE made those tortillas personally and now I will spread the gospel of How to Make Tortillas to my fine cooking friends: YOU.

While corn tortillas dominate through most of Mexico, when you get close to the US-Mexico border, you will find flour tortillas much more common. They are usually made with lard, but you can use oil (as I’ve done) or vegetable shortening. In fact, I’d say from my experience eating tacos and tortillas all across this great state, while lard is typical in Mexico and in the border towns on both sides, shortening becomes the preferred fat as you head Northward towards San Antonio. And while corn remains very popular to hold such fillings as carnitas and al pastor, flour tortillas are almost always what you will find cradling your breakfast tacos and accompanying your fajita plates.

How to Make Tortillas – Printable Tortilla Recipe

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How To Make Tortillas

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Homemade flour tortillas

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  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus about 1/2 -3/4 cup more for kneading)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature

Instructions

  1. Combine dry ingredients well. Add oil and milk and mix to form a soft dough. Turn dough lump out onto a floured board and knead for two minutes.
  2. You will need to add more flour a little at a time as you knead. After about a minute, the dough will change from very soft and squishy and easily torn, to slightly firmer and stretchier. At the end of two minutes, it will be a smooth dough ball, no longer sticky, but elastic.
  3. Put this beautiful dough ball back in the bowl from whence it came and cover it with a damp cloth for thirty minutes. This resting step should not be omitted – the resting allows the gluten molecules in the flour to align themselves perfectly to create a tender, chewy tortilla and also to possibly take over the world.
  4. After thirty minutes, come back and divide the dough into 10 equally sized balls. Easiest way to do it is to divide in half, then each half again, etc. The balls will be about the size of a golf ball or ping-pong ball.
  5. Put the balls on a plate and let them rest another ten minutes. Patience.
  6. Come back and on a lightly floured surface, pat each ball out flat to start it, then with your floured rolling pin, roll into a circle (or as close as you can get it) about 8 inches in diameter. Remember when rolling stuff out: start at the middle of the circle and push out to the edge. Then back to the middle and towards another edge. Keep going around until you have a circlish thing that looks like a tortilla.
  7. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, go ahead and turn your cast iron skillet or griddle on high heat. Let it heat up sexy-hot while you continue to roll out tortillas.
  8. When it’s hot as shit, throw a tortilla on there.
  9. After about a minute it will start to grow bubble-warts.
  10. When those bubbles have almost covered the whole surface of the tortilla, flip it over for another thirty seconds or so.
  11. Put it on a plate and do that with the rest of your dough discs.

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And THAT is how you do it.

I think you’ll have fun with this. Make hangover tacos! 

Or make your own corn tortillas! They’re even easier!

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157 Comments

  1. Beau on April 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Man, those look good enough to eat. I must try making them, and then recommend that you make them, and then I’ll be so inspired by watching you make them, that I’ll try to make them. I’ll be so blown away by the taste that I’ll ask that you make them on your show! And the space-time continuum will forever be in limbo!

    Hooray for tortillas!

    • Hilah Cooking on April 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      Have you tried it yet? How was it? Should I make them? Is the world still spinning? I think my watch stopped!

    • Stace on October 7, 2012 at 12:28 am

      Hola Hilah, hey that’s kinda fun to say! Anyhoo, a quick question about the tortillas, would it work if I used a non-fat milk? of course I know that whole milk is awesome and all, but I’m just trying to save on the calorino’s, if you know what I mean. I know some folks use a non-fat or low fat milk instead of the good stuff and end up eating twice as much, kinda like lite beer, “Oh it’s lite beer, give me two more of those bad boys, I’m on a diet!” lol. And by the way, I made your empanadas, using squash, potatoes, spinach and havarti cheese, three words…”To Die For!” Thanks a bunch, and don’t ever go away!

      • Hilah on October 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm

        Hi Stace!
        I think that would work just fine and dandy! You can even use water, as a matter of fact. Those empanadas sounds rad-as-hell. I love havarti almost as much as I love beer. Thanks for writing!

        • Christopher on August 9, 2015 at 10:48 pm

          May I also suggest a tropical twist to the tortillas? In Guam they use coconut milk to make tortillas and served various braised meats very similar to Mexico in them.

          • Hilah on August 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm

            That sounds fantastic! Thanks for the suggestion, Christopher



  2. Random Cole on April 21, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Those look delicious. Who knew it was so easy? Definitely going to try this. I do kind of feel ripped off at not getting the full 2 minutes of breathless kneading, though.

    • Hilah Cooking on April 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      Ha! Sorry about that! I guess Chris is less interested in sultry breathing than he is in not perving people out.

  3. Thomas Andrew on April 21, 2010 at 12:45 am

    I have this marinated chicken taco recipe that I’ve been dying to make….I’m glad you posted this cause I think it will be so much better with my own fresh-made tortillas ! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your videos!

    • Hilah Cooking on April 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      Yes! Then share your chicken taco recipe with me, please!

  4. Sylvan on April 26, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Hey Hilah, I made your tortillas today! I used water instead of milk cuz I’m a vegan, but they tasted awesome. Of course mine looked a bit ridiculous, more like amebas, and I didn’t get the hang of rolling them thin enough till the last three or four, but they tasted like MORE!

    • Hilah Cooking on April 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks for trying it with water and letting everyone know it is possible! Wacky-shaped homemade tortillas still taste like delicious homemade tortillas!

  5. Teresa on April 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Hillah, I have made many tortillas in my life and tried many recipes, but WOW!!!! these are the BEST tortillas ever……I made your recipe last night and filled them with mushrooms fried in an extra lite margarine, mixed salad leaves, onions, red peppers, tomatoes, avos and smoked chicken breast ham, absolutely AWESOME!!!! my husband who normally has one large tortilla, ate three!!! definitely a favourite by me, and I will be passing this recipe on to family and friends with absolute confidence. Thanks a stack for this GREAT recipe. Kindest Regards

    • Hilah Cooking on April 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      That is GREAT news, Teresa! Makes me so happy to hear that!

  6. Tristin the Spartan on November 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Just made these this weekend and they’re amazingly simple and amazingly delicious! Love your mad skills and non-professional terms, too. I laughed out loud numerous times during your show. Ha!

  7. Austin on December 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

    wow, now im going to make a breakfast steak burrito with this!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hilah Cooking on December 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      Hellz yeah! Sounds good, Austin.

  8. Alison on March 9, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Holy moly, I made these and now I’ve got big problems…my husband and son won’t eat the store bought ones any more. What to do?

    • Hilah Cooking on March 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      Oh, Alison! I feel your pain, girl. Maybe you could teach your husband and son how to make them? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Brianna on October 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

        Hey hilah thx so much for the recipe my husband loves them,it’s so nice knowing that all the ingredients are just in the kitchen …my kids had so much fun making them such a nice way to enjoy family time!!! Thank you again

  9. SHelley on March 13, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I’m a bad food blogger I guess, cause I had never heard of that Bitchin Kitchen chick. Went to her site and watched a video but she’s just too kitchy for me. You’re 10x funnier. I’d like a Hilah Cooks show on the Cooking Channel, please. Get on that!

    • Hilah Cooking on March 13, 2011 at 12:52 am

      Shelley, you’re great! I’m gonna get right on that!

  10. Daniel on April 3, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Thanks to you now I know how to make Mexican flour tortillas. I can say theyยดve already become a success within the members of my family. I wanted to learn how to make corn meal tortillas. But I canยดt get masaharina here. Polenta is popular. Iยดve tried once to make a dough with polenta, and of course, I failed. I did it because I had tried taco shells which I could get at the only Walmart there is in my hometown and they tasted like polenta, I didnยดt know about masa harina.
    If you say Tacos, people will understand “high heels”because thatยดs the meaning at least in Argentinian Spanish hahahaha. Funny, isnยดt it? If you say tortilla (pronounced “tortisha” here), people will think of a Spanish tortilla, which is an egg and potato omelette. So most people have no idea about Mexican food in my country. I became Mexican food curious because of the American movies.
    Thanks again for your book and your videos. Theyยดre great fun!!

    • Hilah Cooking on April 3, 2011 at 5:50 am

      Hi Daniel! I’m so glad you had success with the tortillas! Corn tortillas are a little trickier, just because the dough is more fragile. You should be able to order masa harina online if you are still interested.
      That’s funny about the taco = high heels! I love how words change meaning over time and space.
      Thank you for writing! I enjoy so much hearing about people’s kitchen experiences.
      -hilah

  11. Stephen M.H. Braitman on September 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Nah, they’re not real tortillas unless they’re made of corn!

    • Hilah on September 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      Ummmm…Stephen?
      You’re kidding, right? You can’t have a breakfast taco without a flour tortilla! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. John on December 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Long time fan, first time writer… So I just made these and yup they are great! My question is if I want them to brown but not crisp up on the griddle, would I add more oil? I just like them slightly chewier… Also, there was residual flour on them I couldnt brush off after rolling out and it gave ’em that flour coated texture I’d prefer wasn’t there… Do yours? Ideas for next time to help me out? Am I just over flouring the board when rolling?

    Again, thanks for the inspiration!

    John

    • Hilah on December 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Hi John! It’s great to hear from you!
      I’m happy to hear you like the tortillas. For browning without crisping, try using less oil, on a slightly lower heat, for a longer time.
      I don’t have a problem with the extra flour on the outside, but that could just be me. It could also be that you’re overflouring. It’s easy to do that when you’re starting out and worried about the dough sticking. You could also use some parchment or waxed paper paper, one sheet underneath and one on top, and roll the tortillas out between and you’d need very little flour.
      I hope that helps you next time! Let me know if you have any more questions!
      -Hilah

  13. Linda on January 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Made these wundrous torillas Sunday morning, which lead to breakfast burritos with corn and black bean salsa, which lead to bloody mary’s. We had a very happy New Years Day! Hope yours was great too!

    • Hilah on January 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Sounds like a PERFECT New Year’s Day, Linda! I’m so glad to have been a small part. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      We had a great day, too, just quiet at home with the dog and some whiskey-sodas. Happy 2012!

  14. Ronda on February 15, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    When I was growing up in SE Iowa in the 1970s, we used to eat what we considered authentic Mexican food from restaurants owned by descendants of Mexican workers that came through with the construction of the Santa Fe railroad. The tacos of my youth were wrapped in dough that we called a tortilla and pan friend with ground beef filling inside and then opened up and topped with the requisite lettuce, tomato, cheese and salsa. Is this just an Iowa thing?

    • Hilah on February 15, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Hi Ronda!
      That’s a great question. And I’m not sure I know the answer. I’ve never seen anything like that here. If you had described them as being filled with cheese, I’d say it sounds like a quesadilla, which in Mexico are made with cheese wrapped in raw dough and the whole package is cooked at once, rather than the American-style two-tortillas-stacked-with-cheese-inside.
      Unless… I was imagining flour tortillas. If they were corn, then maybe what you had was a version of a pupusa or an arepa? But those are more South American than Mexican.
      I’m really curious about this now. I’ll ask around to my Mexican friends and get back with you if I find anything out.
      Thanks for writing! I love hearing about new foods.
      -h

  15. Johnny Galvan on June 21, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Hilah
    When I made the tortillas in to dough balls it stuck to my hands, what did I do wrong? Johnny.

    • Hilah on June 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Hey Johnny!
      Sounds like your dough was a little wet. If it happens again, try kneading a little more flour into the dough, or just flour your hands well before rolling the balls.

  16. Veronika on July 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Another great looking recipe! I am dying to try this but I prefer to cook with whole wheat flour (do I even have white flour in the house?). Do you have any suggestions for converting this recipe to whole wheat?

    • Hilah on July 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Veronika!
      If you want to substitute whole wheat pastry flour for the white flour, it should work fine. That’s the type of ww flour I use and I’ve always just swapped it out with no problemos!

  17. Linda on July 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Hilah,
    The tortillas are amazing. I did cheat a bit, rolling pins just don’t like me. So I placed plastic wrap over the dough ball and smushed it with a dinner plate. Perfect round tortillas.

    • Hilah on July 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Hey Linda! Thanks for that bit of genius kitchen-witchery! Perfect solution for someone who might not even own a rolling pin.

  18. Nicole on July 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    So, I found your video on youtube and just tried making these, but they came out really thick….like pita bread. I rolled them out really thin too, but I did use a regular pan instead of a skillet. Any ideas why they would come out so thick? Is it cause of the pan?

    • Hilah on August 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      Hmm. I’m not sure, Nicole. When they’re rolled out thin enough, they’ll be about 6-7 inches across – does that seem about right? If that part was okay, I wonder if you could have maybe added more baking powder accidentally? I don’t think the pan would make a difference. Homemade tortillas are usually a little thicker than store-bought, but not quite pita bread thickness. Hope you could still use them!

  19. mayra on September 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Lol Hilah i think i love u thanks for your wonderful recipes

  20. Danie on December 2, 2012 at 2:00 am

    what do the salt and baking powder do in the recipe?

    • Hilah on December 3, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Hi Danie! The salt makes them taste better and the baking powder makes them light, tender and fluffy.

      • G_Joseph on April 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        The baking powder can be left out. Maybe the tortillas will not be as light, but with the baking powder missing, you can still make the dough and still roll and cook the tortillas, and they will still be able to wrap.

        • G_Joseph on April 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          An afterthought—-
          Tender, I am unsure yet. The tortillas I made and sampled so far seem tender already and without any baking powder. I’ll have to make a couple batches more, with and without baking powder to be more sure.

          • Hilah on April 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

            Thanks for experimenting and letting us know how it’s working! ๐Ÿ™‚



          • G_Joseph on May 9, 2013 at 4:08 pm

            Puffy, yes. Tender, not seem so. Thickness is hard to measure, but certainly puffier than without baking powder. The tortillas seem drier than without the baking powder, but this may have been from misjudging the amount of fat and water to be needed. I tried a simple tortilla recipe, 2 and 1/4 cup flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.



  21. Julie on February 27, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Hilah!

    I just made these using whole wheat white flour. Oh my goodness – it is ridiculously delicious!! Not to mention easy it is to make.. I don’t think I’ll ever have to stop by tortilla section at groceries again. Thanks for an awesome tutorial. I recently discovered your site, and I feel like I found a little treasure on the Internet ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hilah on March 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Yum! Thanks, Julie! I’m so glad you had success. It’s very rewarding to eat homemade tortillas, is it not? ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Heather on March 18, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Hi, Hilah! Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much for this recipe! Because of our allergies our family has to eat dairy and citrus free and tortillas are a real pain. Having a basic recipe that I can play with is going to be so helpful! I am actually writing a dairy and citrus free cookbook and an altered version of this recipe will probably appear in it in some form (with proper credit of course) if that’s ok. Please can you do corn tortillas? There are plenty of recipes to make corn tortillas – that of course all use masa harina, which has lime in it. Is there a way to make them from cornmeal instead?

    • Hilah on March 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      That’s wonderful, Heather! So glad the recipe works for you. Take it and do what you will with it. ๐Ÿ™‚
      As I understand it, the corn used for making masa is first treated with lime (calcium hydroxide) which is an alkaline compound similar to lye. So, same word, totally different meaning! I think I’ve seen some pre-made corn tortillas (definitely some tortilla chips) that also have lime juice added, but if you buy the dry masa harina there shouldn’t be any citrus in it.
      However… corn tortillas have been on my list of recipes to demo so I’ll try to move them up in the queue. They are fun to make.

  23. G_Joseph on April 13, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Your recipe can be made with water instead of milk, and the results will work great. I made tortillas for the first time, just a few days ago with a recipe almost identical to yours, but with water instead of the milk, so I know.

    • Hilah on April 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Thank you, Joseph! That is good to know.

  24. Julio Perez on May 14, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Hilah,
    I know how to make homemade tortillas its called ( White Wings ) , just add water…Ha, Ha, Ha…the easy way and quicker. But I have been looking at your other recipes they sound yummie….

    • Hilah on May 15, 2013 at 11:34 am

      I’ve actually never tried making them with White Wings. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, Julio! Hope you try some other recipes on here.

  25. Lynda on May 28, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Hi Hilah. I made these last night for fajitas and they were delicious. Tasted just like restaurant tortillas. I made a point to save a few to make breakfast tacos in the morning and I put them in a ziplock on the counter. But come morning, they were dried out and tasted like cardboard. I even heated them up a little in the microwave with a sprinkle of water until they were pliable but it still tasted horribly stale. Help! What should I do in the future to save my tortillas?

    • Katrine on July 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      You should be able to store the dough refridgerated for 4-5 days. I know that requires you to do the rolling and cooking part on the second day, but you’re guaranteed a better result (in my opinion).

      • Hilah on July 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

        Thanks for the tip, Katrine!

  26. G_Joseph on May 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Lynda,
    I’m not Hilah, but my response is, a better way to store the tortillas after freshly made is in a ziplock bag refridgerated. The next day, when you want to make the tortilla flexible again, use a pan or griddle; sprinkle a bit of water or spray a bit of water, and heat on both sides using the pan or griddle until warm. This may take about 2 minutes one side and one minute the other side. So far that’s the way I’ve done the reheat and this has not made the tortillas dried. Also, my tortillas were (almost) all used before 4 days after making.

    Microwave may be okay, but the flat pan or griddle is better.

    • Lynda on May 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thanks! I will try this out.

  27. Gigi on August 24, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU for this recipe! It’s the only one that works for me, since I live in Asia with limited kitchen equipment or ingredients. Saves me a ton and allows me to make the things I miss (:

    • Hilah on August 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Hooray! That’s fantastic, Gigi! I’m so glad you’ve had success with this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Steven on September 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I made a test run tonight halving the recipe to make 5 tortillas–pretty easy to make and much better than the store bought ones. I like the slight smokiness they get from the hot cast iron pan. So now I’m ready for the weekend when I make your chili dog chili (yet again!). Anyway, with this test batch I made peanut butter and grape jelly “tacos” for lunch at work tomorrow!

    • Hilah on September 5, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      PB&J tacos sound good, Steven! I want that for dinner now instead of my dumb fish and salad. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thanks for the update about halving the recipe, too. That is good to know!

  29. Elizabeth on October 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I think I must be your newest fan! A couple of days ago I searched youtube for a fried fish recipe since that was my hubby’s request for a dinner this week and I’m terrified of frying things. Your fish and chips video was towards the top of the search and I watched it and knew I needed to make that recipe. That recipe was awesome. Since then I’ve been perusing all of your older recipes and found so many amazing things! My favorite pancake recipe is extremely close to yours, the only difference is the addition of lemon juice. However, I couldn’t get them to cook up just right even on my cast iron. Today I got them to turn out perfect using a few pointers I learned from you. And I always make home made tortillas-at least once a week. Tonight was burrito night at our house and again I decided to watch your video for some pointers. I grew up in NM (but a TX transplant for the time being as my hubby is AF), so home made tortillas are commonplace. But mine always turned out too thin and not soft enough. I do olive oil instead of lard. I was beginning to wonder if that was the problem. But I discovered I was leaving out the baking powder. I must confess that these tortillas were so good that I ate three of them tonight. I love that I’m able to learn how to perfect my existing recipes by watching your videos. I think you’re amazing and I look forward to learning more techniques and recipes from you! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world.

    • Hilah on October 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Hello Elizabeth!
      You have no idea how happy this message makes me! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am so so glad to hear that you’ve picked up some new tricks from my videos.
      Thank you so much for writing and I hope to hear from you again!
      -hilah

  30. Caitie on November 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    I just made these tortillas and I indulged a little bit by using salted butter instead of the oil. I also omitted the 1/2 tsp salt and used skim milk. They turned out perfectly and this will now be my go-to flour tortilla recipe!

    Thanks!

    • Hilah on November 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Yum! I bet they were deliciously tender, Caitie. Thanks for writing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. polly on December 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    My tortillas don’t bubble… And also, in spite of the fact I follow the recipe, they are a bit dry and tough. What am I doing wrong? Please help! xx

    • Hilah on December 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Polly!
      You may be overkneading the dough. Try mixing it just until it can roll into a ball. That should take care of the dry/tough problem.
      And if they don’t bubble, that’s not so bad, but you might try buying some new baking powder. It can go stale and not work so well anymore if it’s been open for a while.
      Hope that helps, dear!

      • polly on December 30, 2013 at 6:20 pm

        Yup, overkneading was the thing. And it also turned out I rolled them too thinly. Now they’re nearly perfect! They still don’t bubble though, don’t know. Thanks for your help, Hilah ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Jim on January 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

          I guarantee you didn’t need the dough the way Hilah did : )

  32. G_Joseph on January 2, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Do not worry about the baking powder. Roll as thinly as you can work and handle the formed tortilla. Two guesses what might be the non-bubble trouble: too low a ratio water to flower, or not enough heat.

  33. Winnie on January 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you Hilah for this wonderful recipe! I have tried so many different kinds of tortilla recipes, and I believe this recipe works because of the milk and baking soda. The thickness of how you roll out the tortilla matters. I tried experimenting with different thicknesses and different cooking times – which changed the texture of the tortillas. I would suggest people who are having difficulty getting the tortilla they want to try experiment with the thickness and length of cooking time until they discover the tortilla that will conquer the world! A really hot pan is a must!

    • Hilah on January 13, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Thank you, Winnie! It’s true that experimentation is the best way to learn to cook anything, really!

  34. Megan on January 29, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Hilah!

    LOVE these tortillas – I’ve only made them a dozen times and each time get rave reviews. Today I subbed half whole wheat flour and they still turned out perfectly, next time I think I’ll go almost all whole wheat (healthy 2014, what?!).

    But I do have a question, I often want to make these when I know my husband and I won’t be able to eat them all. Do you have a tip for storing and/or freezing them so we can have a batch on hand anytime? I can’t stand store bought tortillas now that I know how to make them at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks!
    Megan

    • Hilah on February 4, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Megan!
      So glad you’re enjoying these! I’ve not tried freezing, but what I suggest trying is to roll them all out, layer between waxed paper, and freeze the stack in a gallon size bag. Pull out as many as you need and thaw them with the paper between, then peel off and cook! Let me know if that works, if you try it. Thanks!

  35. Nicoleincos on February 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

    These are awesome. I made them once months ago and subbed rice milk for dairy milk. They were pretty good. Yesterday when I made them, I used water instead. I also realized (hours after we ate them,) that although I doubled the recipe, I forgot to double the oil. They were absolutely awesome! So, if someone doesn’t have enough oil, know that it will work with less! I rolled them all a little bit from the ball phase and let them rest again before coming back and rolling to tortilla size, which helped me to roll and pull them pretty thin. I kept the uncooked ones in a damp towel, (so I could roll ahead.) Thanks again, Hilah!

  36. josh on February 12, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Another awesome recipe. I don’t have a rolling pin so they turned out 1/4 inch thick or so. They turned out to be the best that I have ever had. Seriously, I can’t wait to get hilah and find a new recipe of yours to make. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Cheers,
    Josh

    • Hilah on February 13, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Josh! Super stoked you liked the tortillas! And thick, fluffy flour tortillas are awesome, right?

  37. JJ on February 16, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    My Mexican lady friend uses evaporated milk in her tortillas. They are so good. May add just a bit more flavor to it. Thanks for this recipe and all the others you post. Very Nice!

    • Hilah on February 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Oh yeah, I bet they are softer and sweeter with the evaporated milk. Thanks, JJ!

      • JJ on February 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

        Evaporated, not sweetened condensed, milk. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Hilah on February 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

          Oh I know! ๐Ÿ™‚ Evaporated milk is just a little sweeter than regular milk, though.

  38. teresa on April 23, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Your recipe is awesome and easy!Good torillas!LIKE!

  39. Nina on April 24, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I’ve tried a couple of different tortilla recipes with varying degrees of success, but this one is just fab! My top tip is that you really can’t roll your tortillas too thin…as long as they still hold together, the thinner the better as they puff up a little from the heat – my first couple were waaay too thick. I’ve gotten into totrilla making so I can make my own tortilla chips, and let me tell you, this recipe is perfect for these too! The video and recipe is SUCH a great idea. I’ll be visiting your site regularly from now on!

    • Hilah on April 24, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you, Nina! So happy you like this tortilla recipe! Great tip about rolling them out, too.

  40. la tasha armendariz on May 1, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Hi Hilah,
    I have a question that has baffled me for awhile now and I just can’t seem to get it right. I have been using the”just add water” tortilla mix for some time now, cause I thought if all I have to add is water how hard can it be. Now I have made them the long way too all the above ingredients, but this was just faster. My problem is they don’t last for more than a day by the next morning they are hard, they crack and at that point they’re more like chips.

    • Hilah on May 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Hi La Tasha,
      I’ve never used the tortilla mix, so the problem might be something specific to that product, but I would first ask how you are storing them. If you have a leftover bread bag or a large ziploc bag, I recommend storing them in that. Press the air out and seal it tight. Sounds like the tortillas are getting dried out from being exposed to air. Hope that helps.

  41. Julie on July 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Just made these. They were great. My cast iron pan did start to get a bit goopy and started smoking though. I did not know how high of a heat to use. I figured your description meant as hot as possible. :o)
    I would like to make bigger ones so I will probably double the recipe next time. Any issues with doubling the recipe?

    • Hilah on July 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

      Hi Julie!
      Yes, my cast iron gets a little smoky, too, after I’ve cooked a few of them. I don’t think there should be any problems doubling it, besides just taking longer to mix the dough (but that was probably obvious!) Glad you had tortilla success!

  42. Barak on August 29, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Dude, this was it.

    I’ve been searching for the perrrrfect ‘T’ recepie and you totaly delivered! I’m thrilled that this has been online for 4 years (!!!) and has been making tummy’s all over the world happy.

    Thank you

    • Hilah on August 30, 2014 at 11:57 am

      Hooray!!! So glad you had success with this tortilla recipe, Barak ๐Ÿ˜€

  43. WHAT!@1 on December 6, 2014 at 4:50 am

    OMG like I should try these like literally they look so yummy!!!

  44. Anon on December 31, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I made these but i had to add and 1tsp of oil and of milk and i had to knead it for ten minutes

  45. Hollie on January 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Doubled this recipe yesterday to feed a group and they turned out great! By around the 14th tortilla I was kinda over rolling them out and some of those last ones were… interesting shapes. But hey, at least they tasted amazing. Thank you Hilah.

    • Hilah on January 12, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Haha! Who ever said tortillas have to be round, anyway? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad y’all liked them. Thanks for writing, Hollie!

  46. Naomi on January 29, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Hi hilah its Naomi funny videos my mom let me do baking so I wanted to make these for our family

  47. Wahyu on February 7, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Hay hilah,,, i looks your video in YouTube and I am very interested and want to practice your recipe,,, why u don’t hot milk?
    U only use the room temperature milk,,, whereas in other recipes using hot milk, is there a difference hilah? Thx hilah,,,

    • Hilah on February 11, 2015 at 8:48 am

      I don’t think it makes a difference in the finished tortillas, so I don’t bother with it.

  48. G_Joseph on February 14, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Never used any milk. Flour, water, fat only; and a little bit of salt. All results mostly good, mostly the same.

    • JJ on February 14, 2015 at 1:19 am

      Milk just adds a little extra flavor.

  49. Jun on February 19, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Hi Hilah, perfect recipe for an amateur cook like myself trying to please his girlfriend post-valentine. It works fine – my only qualm is that it was too crispy – almost like fried tacos, and when rolled will crack. What can I do to improve better?

    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    • Hilah on February 19, 2015 at 10:38 am

      Hi Jun!
      If they are crispy, you’re likely just cooking too long. Try taking them off the griddle a little sooner next time. Thanks for writing! Let me know if that helps.

    • G_Joseph on February 21, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      Cook time should be no more than about a minute. You could play with stove flame size, setting to try to find what works best. You want a big enough flat surface to do the cooking (the heating) part. Cook on one side until the tortilla bubbles and rises, about 30 to 40 seconds, and carefully but quickly turn it over, and let it bubble, fill with its steam and rise again, maybe another 20 to 35 seconds. Remove it, and store between two plates with the concave surfaces facing each other.

      • Jun on February 23, 2015 at 11:17 pm

        thanks guys for the feedback! so I tried round 2 as per your advice Hilah, but yet despite having cooked it for significantly lesser amount of time on the griddle, it still comes off as crispy. So when I fold it, it’ll crack. Also, in your video it bubbles very nicely – but for my mixture it doesn’t bubble much – could it be the milk/mixture that I’ve been using? I’m using full cream milk; with all purpose flour & baking powder as per the recipe.

        • Hilah on February 25, 2015 at 7:57 am

          I wonder if your baking powder is still good? After time, it does lose its rising power. Has it been open on the shelf for a while?

  50. Jun on February 25, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Wow Hilah…indeed the guru of cooking! You are right to point out and come to think of it, it has been sitting around for awhile, maybe a tad too long. Will try again with new baking powder and see how it turns out – will keep you both posted. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • G_Joseph on February 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Jun,
      Try leaving out the baking powder. Milk not necessary either. Only flour, water, fat, and a little salt needed – nothing else. Maybe a problem in your mixing process. If you are familiar with making bread dough, then tortilla (flour) dough works about the same, and easier. I actually used a rolling pin to role a portion of dough as flat and large as possible, and immediately cooked it.
      MAYBE you are over-flouring your dough as you knead it or roll it?

  51. Jun on March 1, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Joseph,

    Thanks for the follow up – by fat I’m assuming you’re referring to butter? There might be a possibility that I’m over-flouring as well, will be doing it again this weekend with all your kind suggestions above.

    Jun

    • G_Joseph on March 3, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      I mean by “fat”, any or all of clarified butter, bacon drippings, lard, coconut oil, unclarified butter, chicken fat. They all will work. I have actually tried chicken fat. It works as well as any.

  52. Tristen L Wood on March 25, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Love the video Hilah

  53. ุฃุฑูˆู‰ on March 30, 2015 at 5:37 am

    I like it so mutch

  54. Deanna on March 30, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I always forget taco shells or tortillas, I just make these! Love em.

  55. Mariel on April 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I’m a junior in college and because it’s hell week and I’m trying to avoid studying I made these!! I saw the video a week ago and they have been on my mind ever since. I finally made them today and WOW!!!! They are amazing! I will definitely make these again and again. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • Hilah on April 21, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Hahaha! That sounds like what I would do during hell week, too, Mariel. So much more fun to make tortillas (or anything) than think about school. Really glad you had success with the recipe! Good luck on your exams!

  56. Annie on May 29, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Hilah! OMG! These made me so HAPPY!!! I just made these and – all by my lonesome – gobbled 4 servings!! I ate the first two by themselves – all nice and warm and delicious… Then forced myself to stop and prepare with taco fillings so that I had some protein and veggies. Feeling SOOO gluttonous but still thinking about the next time I’ll make them!

    I tried making all sorts of other tortillas/naans but none have worked. This one did!! Thanks for the recipe and the great video!!

    • Hilah on May 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

      That’s fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Adrianne Whitney on July 31, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    These are amazing!!!!!!! Miss TexMex so much living in Brooklyn (originally from Houston)!!!! These taste so perfectly authentic, can’t wait to get my fajita and breakfast taco on!

  58. Christy on August 7, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I stumbled across your YouTube video and was intrigued. My girlfriends is Mexican and loves nothing more than a homemade flour tortilla. Despite my countless efforts, I’ve not been successful in making tortillas as good as her grandmothers.

    I’ve always made them with lard or Crisco but when I saw your recipes I knew I had to try it. I’m in the process of making them now…impatiently waiting out the first 30 minute resting period.

    This weekend we’re visiting her grandmother and I hope to take her a batch and hear her official Mexican Abuela review. so happy I found your video!

    • Hilah on August 13, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      I hope they turned out great, Christy! The waiting is really the hardest part ๐Ÿ˜‰

  59. Octavia on August 31, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I was told my a elderly Mexican woman to make these all it takes is a hand full of flour and a hand full of lard and a pinch of salt. I watch her do it and they were GREAT!

  60. Aldesha on October 17, 2015 at 10:48 am

    These tortillas were the bomb.com! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  61. Gabby???????? on October 25, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    if I use 1vc flour..what measurements should I Change for the milk,oil,salt,baking powder,etc…..

    Hope u answer back ASAP????????

    • Hilah on October 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

      Hi Gabby,
      Just cut all the remaining ingredients in half. Multiplying by 1/2 gives you:
      3/4 teaspoon baking powder
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1 tablespoon oil
      3/8 cup milk (this is 6 tablespoons)

      • steven on January 4, 2016 at 7:25 pm

        Half of 3/4 cup is 1/4 cup + 2 TBSP, or as stated 6 TBSP, point is there is no 3/8 of a cup…

        • Hilah on January 5, 2016 at 8:33 am

          Some measuring cup sets have a 1/8 cup measure and three of those equals half of three 1/4 cup measures. Whether or not 3/8 cup is a common measure, I assure you it exists.

  62. JMR on November 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    So Hilah, I found out about you on my ROKU and the cooking channels. I have been watching every episode of yours and stumbled across this. I made these tonight!!! DELISH!!! Awesome!!! Coolio and all. My family loved them. I took the liberty and put in a few grinds of pepper. Curious though, since it makes 10 or so, could I double the recipe or should I make two at the same time? Seriously couldn’t be easier. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Hilah on November 20, 2015 at 6:43 am

      That’s great! Fun idea to add black pepper.
      You can definitely double the recipe for more tortillas!

  63. AntoniaB on December 29, 2015 at 10:45 am

    These are fantastic – and I love your video. I just whipped them up for lunch – delish. I’ve tried several other tortilla recipes and they are nowhere near as good.

    Must get a tortilla warmer so I can put them into regular service!

  64. David on January 6, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Can I use corn flour to make them corn tortillas or there is another way to do it?

  65. Jed on February 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    How long will these tortilla last? Can I keep them and cook it on the other day? Thanks!

    • Hilah on February 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Hey Jed,
      You can refrigerate the dough for a day, or form the balls and freeze them if you want to keep the dough longer. If you cook the tortillas, they will stay good for two days.

  66. Jed de Venecia on February 15, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    How long will these tortilla last? Can I keep them on fridge and cook the other day? Thanks!

  67. Payton on February 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I’m making them right now and man my kitchen smells to die I can’t wait to try them they look delicious thanks for the recipe

  68. Suzy on February 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I currently have my dough resting… I don’t think I did something right.. it doesn’t seem elastic enough… *fingers crossed!*

    • Hilah on February 29, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Suzy! You may need to knead it a little more, but I bet after it rests it will feel more elastic, too.

  69. Lesley Mussett on March 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Hilah!
    Just made your tortilla recipe tonight and enjoyed them with mushrooms and jalapeรฑo havarti cheese! They were delicious! So much more substance than the store bought tortillas. They were easy to make and tasted delicious, even on their own. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
    By the way, is it possible to freeze leftovers?

    • Hilah on March 2, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Hi Lesley!
      You can freeze the tortilla dough (roll into balls first) to thaw and cook later. I imagine you could freeze cooked tortillas, too, as long as they are wrapped really tightly. Maybe wrap and then put into a gallon zip bag and suck all the air out before you seal it.
      Super glad you liked them! The tacos you made sound awesome.

  70. Tuka on March 26, 2016 at 4:42 am

    2010? Man, I am late for the party… I have cooked Indian food for years so I am pretty good with flat breads. I have never heard of milk in chapatis, or tortillas. I admit I thought you was crazy! OMG! I just made these and they are wonderful. Well the first one and the last one were bit overcooked, but that is probably not your fault…

    I moved from Texas to the Philippines so you know I miss my Tex-Mex. The Filipinos picked up a lot of Spanish culture – but not much of the food. I don’t have a rolling pin, but a brandy bottle works. And you can take a nice break if you get tired of rolling. Next project… make a tortilla pres ha ha

  71. Marks on April 10, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Just made them, resting for 30 minutes, now dying to cook them and eat them ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Cecilia on May 12, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Hi Hilah,
    I found that my mum’kitchen has only yeast, can I substitute yeast for baking powder?
    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!
    (Actually I have not much experience in baking)

    • Hilah on May 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Cecilia!

      It’s great that you are interested in learning to cook and bake. Yeast can not be substituted for baking powder or baking soda in this recipe. I would advise you to try making the tortillas without baking powder if you still want to try. The tortillas will end up a little thinner and less fluffy but they will still be pretty good.

  73. G_Joseph on May 12, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    You can try a recipe to include some yeast, and you may get a flatbread, but what results might not be a flour tortilla. If you get a flexible enough flatbread result, you can still use it to wrap something.

    You need no yeast to make a tortilla.

  74. Neha Ahmed on June 26, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Omg!! I made them today, and they were hilarious. They were soft and easy to chew and ofcourse Yummy and simple to make. I made half your recipe and it made 5, I ate the 1st one and I was like have to eat another, I ate another and then after it was finished I was like, I can have more so I picked up another. Then I look at the 4th taco and tore it in half and ate it. Then after few secs I ate the remaining half and them took a break. After 5 mins I was like whatever I am going to eat it. Best ever recipe. Thanks for sharing

    • Hilah on June 27, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Hooray! ๐Ÿ™‚

  75. Fatima on July 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    During saturday making those tortillas n they are so fantastic! Yummy. We eat it with homous, fava beans salad (foul madammas: syrian n lebanese appetizer) n for chicken shawarma. Thank you for such wonderful recipe.

    • Hilah on July 24, 2016 at 8:45 am

      That sounds lovely, Fatima! Great to hear that the tortillas worked for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  76. Rodney on August 25, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Could I get your help tweaking the recipe?

    Of all the tortilla recipes I’ve tried, this was the best! Followed your recipe to a T and they turned out good!

    If you look at Tex-Mex restaurants ( uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafรฉ for example ), their tortillas are much softer/pliable โ€“ Almost like a hand towel draped over your fingers.

    I know this is due to increased moisture, but I don’t know whether to increase The milk or oil or both? Or by how much?

    Any ideas?

    My tortillas did bubble but didn’t balloon like yours ( which was what I wanted ). My baking powder was relatively fresh so I am thinking of boosting my moisture levels.

    Storage tip: As with all Breads, these are best stored frozen then thawed when you need them for optimum freshness.

    I bake many types of bread and understand the importance of The water/fat/flour ratios.

    Thank you!

    • Hilah on August 27, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Hey Rodney!

      I do know the kind of tortilla you’re talking about – the ones that are so thin they are almost translucent, too. They have more fat than these, and I would guess they do not include the baking powder. I think you could safely double the fat in this recipe and use lard or shortening instead of oil. See what that gives you and adjust from there. Hope you find what you’re looking for!

  77. christel on September 10, 2016 at 6:32 am

    hey hilah, can i use these tortillas to make tacos? will it get crispy?

  78. kayla on July 6, 2017 at 12:36 am

    if i use water not milk,if it can???

    • Hilah on July 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Yes, Kayla, that should work okay

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