The Best Homemade Flour Tortillas Made with Oil.
I used to go to this amazing Mexican restaurant that made fresh tortillas. When I say fresh I mean FRESH! They had someone behind the counter rolling out the fresh dough right in front of you. They were the best flour tortilla’s I’d ever had! For our appetizer my sister & I used to order a big stack of them & dip them in ranch dressing. When the restaurant went out of business I was so sad. I didn’t think I’d ever have a good fresh tortilla again. But that day has since changed because as I type this with one hand & eat a fresh tortilla with the other I can honestly say they taste just as good as the ones I used to eat. I’m so excited to share this recipe with you! Also my sister just posted a recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning which goes great with this recipe!
After a lot of research I found that most of the recipes call for lard. I don’t have anything against lard but I don’t ever buy it. I’m not used to cooking with it either. I always have butter or vegetable oil on hand instead. I was worried that I couldn’t make tortillas without it but after experimenting I have found a recipe for you that makes great tasting tortillas with oil. So if your like me & would prefer to make tortillas with oil then you have come to the right place.
Most of the tortillas did not come out perfectly round but it didn’t bother me. If you want yours to look more rounded you could use a knife to trim around it.
You may have some burnt flour start to build up on the skillet, you can brush it off.
They are ready to flip when they start to form bubbles on top like this:
Bonus: These taste great leftover! Just store them in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator & reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds.
You can make these as thin or thick as you want. I rolled mine out very thin (less than 1/8″). If you make them thicker you will need to adjust the cooking time for longer. I use a Calphalon Griddle Pan to cook mine because it’s flat & it makes it easier to flip. My sister uses a cast-iron skillet when she makes them.
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 Tablespoons (or ¼ cup) vegetable oil
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon water
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, & salt together. Add in oil, milk, & water, & mix it up using a fork. Knead 5-6 times or until you can form a ball.
- Cover dough & let it rest for 15-30 minutes (it makes it easier to work with).
- Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium to medium/high heat.
- Break off enough dough to form a 1.5-2" ball (depending on the size you want your tortillas to be).
- Place on a floured surface. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to form a 6-8" diameter. You may need to keep sprinkling the dough with flour so the rolling pin doesn't stick to it. Roll out the dough very thin (it will thicken a bit after you cook it so you want it thin before it goes on the heat).
- Place in ungreased skillet for 15-30 seconds or until it starts to blister, then flip it over & cook the other side for the same amount of time.
- Transfer to a plate, cover loosely with foil so they stay soft & warm.
- Repeat process with the rest of the dough.
- If there are leftovers place them in a Ziploc bag & store in the refrigerator. Reheat for a few seconds in the microwave.
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I agree, homemade tortillas are the bomb! And I do use lard – it’s super cheap – .99 cents for 4 sticks!
Wow that is really cheap! I will have to try it sometime!
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
I’ve been wanting to make homemade tortillas, but haven’t gotten around to it. Can’t wait to try these!
Bobbie Howard says
I made these tonight. I usually use a recipe with shortening, but this one was really good, better i think!
Hi Bobbie, So glad you liked them!
Tiffany Jones says
Trying tonight! I am a Latina that has never made homemade flour tortillas. I grew up on them, but my mother never had patience to teach me to cook at all. I have had to learn on my own. My Granddaughter loves homemade flour tortillas, because her other grandmother makes them. So I have decided to try and I have experimented w/a few recipes to see which come out better. I first used White Wings premade flour where you just add water. It was okay. I then tried using Coconut Oil which I saw on YouTube, and they did come out good, and soft the next morning. I like a lot of people do not keep lard in the house. I grew up on my mother and gradmothers all making their flour tortillas w/lard. I do always keep vegetable oil in the cupboard. So I searched and ran across this recipe. I will be trying it today and will update you all.
Hi Tiffany, I hope you like the recipe. I make homemade toritllas at least once a week. I also like to make this recipe using all water instead of part water, part milk.
I made these tortillas the other night – I didn’t have lard so I was looking for a way to make them with oil. These were PERFECT! I’m excited to make them again. My suggestion is to roll them as thin as possible. They will puff up while cooking and if they’re thick they kind of feel like flatbread. Thanks for the easy recipe!
Hi, I’m glad the recipe turned out for you. I agree about rolling them out as thin as possible, I’ve learned to make mine almost paper thin by using plenty of flour. Thanks for taking the time to comment we appreciate it!