Simple Homemade Tortillas

Tortillas are a staple in my home. Everyone loves them and they get eaten a ton. I do my best to keep them in stock in our fridge but sometimes it can be tough, and I overlook that we used the last of them.

Also, I’m kind of in a transition where I’m learning to cook from scratch more and watching what goes into our food. When we ran out of tortillas and my toddler was asking for a quesadilla, I figured it was the perfect time to try making homemade tortillas.

Homemade vs store bought.

Typically, I just like homemade food more than store bought. (Can you say homemade bread?! YUM!)

Also, with storebought food, there are usually a ton of other ingredients to help keep the food shelf stable and who knows what else.

Making homemade food for your family means you have more control over what goes into their mouths and bodies.


One thing I really love about this recipe is that it doesn’t call for very many ingredients, most of which you probably have in your pantry right now.

That’s a reason it worked so well for me.

It’s a simple recipe and I had all the ingredients in my home. I was able to whip up some tortillas in about 15 minutes!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Shortening
  • Water

How to make the tortillas

Start by adding your flour, salt and shortening to a bowl. Using a fork, cut in the shortening. Add in the water and mix with a fork until the dough is stiff.

Form a ball and knead on lightly floured surface.

Divide the dough into 10 pieces and shape them into balls. I usually do about 8 and have bigger tortillas.

Roll them out until they are paper thin.

Bake on hot, ungreased griddle until they freckle, about 20 seconds on each side. If your tortillas are thicker, they will need more time to cook on each side.

You can store them in the fridge for a few days or put them in the freezer.

To freeze, I place a square of parchment paper between each tortilla to prevent them from freezing together. It’s easier to pull out how many you need and leave the rest in the freezer.


As always, thanks so much for being here. When I started my journey to learn new skills and start making things from scratch, little did I know that many others were having that same desire.

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