Homemade soft flour tortillas stacked on a white plate

Soft Homemade Flour Tortillas

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One of my favorite kinds of food is Mexican food. Probably because I love tortillas so much. This soft homemade flour tortillas recipe is perfect for all your tortilla needs.

You can use these from scratch flour tortillas for breakfast burritos, fajitas, quesadillas, and so much more. I even love just eating them plain.

These soft homemade flour tortillas are so simple to make using just five ingredients. If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

tortilla ingredients in glass bowls on a wooden table, including flour, shortening, salt, and baking powder.

In order to make wonderful soft flour tortillas from scratch you need the following ingredients:

  • Flour – All-purpose/plain flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Shortening – Or you can use butter, oil, or lard
  • Hot water – I always use filtered water, because my tap water is gross.


Step 2: How to make soft homemade flour tortillas

Hand whisking flour, baking powder, salt, in a large glass bowl.

Begin by adding the flour, salt, and baking powder to a large bowl and whisk them all together.

Next, add in the shortening, lard, butter, or oil. Use your hands or pastry blender to blend everything together coating the flour with the fat, until it resembles large crumbs.

Step 3: Knead that flour tortilla dough

Hand kneading soft flour tortillas dough in a large bowl.

Now, add the hot water, little by little, stirring with a spoon or using your hands to blend it in, until a nice tacky messy dough forms. Don’t add extra flour, if you can help it.

Knead it in the bowl for a minute or so and then place it on your work surface and knead the dough for about 10 minutes.

Again, don’t add extra flour, unless absolutely necessary to keep it from sticking.

Step 4: Shape the soft flour tortillas dough

11 balls of flour tortillas dough in a large glass bowl

Now take the kneaded flour tortillas dough and roll it out into a fat snake about 10 to 12 inches long. Use a knife or dough cutter and cut it into 10 to 12 equal pieces of dough.

Take each piece of dough and roll it in your palms into a nice ball. Or another technique is to tuck the bottoms of the dough into it, which makes the ball smooth.

Once done, put the balls of dough into the bowl and then cover them with a damp cloth and allow the dough to rest for 15 to 20 minutes or longer. Allowing the dough to rest will result in a softer tortilla, when cooked.

Step 5: How to cook soft homemade flour tortillas

Rolled out flour tortilla in a skillet on the stovetop

Add a non-stick skillet or cast-iron pan if you have one to the stovetop and set the heat to medium-high. If your dial is numbered 1 to 10, set it to a 7.

Next, time to roll out each dough piece into a flat circle as thin as you can with a rolling pin. Or if you want you can use a tortilla press.

Once the pan has heated up place an uncooked rolled out flour tortilla on it.

Cooked soft flour tortilla in a skillet on a stovetop

Cook it until it bubbles up a bit which will only take a minute or too, then flip it over and cook the other side. Each one only takes 2 to 3 minutes to cook. You should have nice golden brown spots on each side.

Once done place them in a tortilla keeper, or layer them on a plate with damp paper towel in between. This will keep them nice and soft. Then all you need to do is serve them up with whatever dish that you like. Enjoy!

How long do homemade flour tortillas last?

Homemade tortillas will last about a week at room temperature in an airtight container or ziplock bag. They will last a few weeks in the fridge and several months in the freezer.

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Soft Homemade Flour Tortillas

These homemade flour tortillas are awesome, they come out soft and delicious. Perfect for all your tortilla needs. If I can do it, you can do it!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time3 minutes
Resting Time20 minutes
Total Time43 minutes
Course: Bread, Snack
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy
Servings: 10 Tortillas
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Rolling pin or tortilla press
  • Cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet (cast iron is best if you have it)
  • Paper towel or tortilla keeper
  • Damp cloth
  • Tongs


  • 3 cups of all-purpose or plain flour 360g
  • 2 tsp. of baking powder 10g
  • 1/2 tsp. of table salt 3g
  • 1/3 cup of shortening or use lard, butter, or oil (62g)
  • 1 cup of hot water filtered, unless your tap water tastes good May need a few extra tablespoons of water. (250mL)


  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking power.
  • Now add in the fat (shortening, butter, oil, or lard) and mix it into the dry ingredients with your hands or a pastry blender, until everything is well coated and resembles crumbs.
  • Next, heat up the water until it is hot, and pour about a third of it in the bowl. Mix until combined, then add more water. Keep doing this until the dough forms. Knead the dough a bit in the bowl, if it is too dry still add a bit more water. It should be just slightly tacky.
  • Now knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. If it is way too sticky add a tiny bit of flour, but don't overdo it.
  • Next, roll the dough out into a large fat snake shape 10 to 12 inches long. Then cut it into 10 to 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball with the palms of your hands. Place them in a bowl. Cover the dough and let the dough rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Roll out each ball into a circle as thin as you can get them. Or you can use a tortilla press.
  • Set the burner to medium-high heat and use a nonstick or cast-iron skillet. Place an uncooked tortilla on the skillet and let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes until it puffs up some, and the bottom has a few golden brown spots. Then flip it over and cook it for another minute or so. It only takes 2 to 3 total minutes per tortilla.
  • Next, place the tortillas in a tortilla keeper, or layer them with damp paper towels, which will keep them soft. You can also use a long clean cloth and wrap them in that. Now use them for whatever you like, burritos, soft tacos, quesadillas, etc. Enjoy!


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Calories: 197kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    Homemade tortillas are the best!! I like how easy these look! We use tortillas for so many things..it’s nice to always have some on hand!

  2. 5 stars
    Homemade tortillas just can’t be beat!

  3. 5 stars
    These are so much easier than you think they are to make and so good! Taco night got a step up for sure!

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