How To Make Tortillas At Home

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Frying the tortilla

Homemade tortilla

Mexican food is very delicious and I have been having much fun making and eating them after falling in love with it recently. So far I have learned the chicken fajitas and chicken quesadillas. I have also made my own tortillas which taste much better than those bought from the shop. However on a couple of occasions I used bought ones purely out of convenience and to taste the difference.

Homemade is always the best. It is fresh and you can choose high quality ingredients, for example using organic spelt flour instead of normal plain flour, sea salt instead of table salt and olive oil instead of other oils. I have made chicken fajitas quesadillas using both the bought tortillas and homemade tortillas. I prefer the homemade tortillas because they are slightly thicker and there’s more bite when eating the quesadillas.

Organic spelt flour

Organic spelt flour

Spelt flour is a better flour. From the comments in my previous post on Chocolate Crinkle Brownie Cookies where I used spelt flour, I noticed that many are starting to use spelt flour and many still do not know about spelt flour. Spelt flour has a somewhat nuttier and slightly sweeter flavor than whole wheat flour. Spelt contains more protein than wheat, and the protein in spelt is easier to digest. The starch in spelt is more soluble than wheat and recipes containing spelt flour will frequently require less water than when using wheat flour. Spelt flour is more delicate and it is important not to over mix it. I learn that it has slightly less calories than wheat flour.

Chewy Chinese pancakes (Peking duck pancakes)

Chewy Chinese pancakes (Peking duck pancakes)

Making tortillas at home is easy. It is actually similar to making Chinese Dumpling Skin, Peking duck pancakes (link below) or chapatti except that in tortilla, you need to add baking powder and oil to give that bubbly effect and a soft texture. Then of course it’s much bigger in size. It’s fun making them. You need tortillas in several Mexican dishes so it’s worth making them at home.

I have also learned to make my own Mexican seasoning (link below) which I have just posted the other day and together with homemade tortillas, I think I’m just having an exciting journey in Mexican food.

Here is my homemade tortilla recipe. It is easy, simple and fun to make.

2C spelt flour
1t baking powder
1t sea salt
2t olive oil
3/4C warm water

Mark the tortilla dough into 6 wedges

Mark the tortilla dough into 6 wedges

Sieve flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Dissolve salt in warm water, then pour into the flour together with the oil. Mix and knead well until it is smooth. You don’t have to knead it very long like in bread making. Roll it into a big ball and flatten. Then mark and cut into 6 wedges.

Roll the wedges into balls

Roll the wedges into balls

Roll out the wedges into balls. Cover and leave it to rest for about 30 minutes.

Roll out the dough

Roll out the dough

Take a piece of dough and roll it out into a thin circle, as thin as you can, with your rolling pin. I roll mine to about 8 inches in diameter. Flour it well. Do the same to the rest of the dough.

Frying tortilla

Frying tortilla

Heat up a frying pan. Use low-medium heat. Dry fry the tortillas. Once it turns bubbly and you see light brown spots, flip over and fry until you see light brown spots too. Remove onto a clean plate and cover with a clean towel. Do the same to the rest.

Do you make your own Peking duck pancakes, chapatti or tortilla? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other pancake recipes for wrap that you may be interested:
How To Make Chewy Chinese Pancakes
Chewy Chinese Scallion Pancakes
Chewy Scallion Omelette Pancake Rolls

Other Recipes with tortilla that you may be interested in:
Fried Garlic Tortillas For Soup
Mexican Fajita By Daughter
Mexican Mix To Make Chicken Quesadilla

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the lacquer spoon  on September 17th, 2010

Thanks for sharing! I always use bought tortillas and have no idea how to make at home. Let me follow your recipe next time I cook something Mexican :)

Nasi Lemak Lover  on September 17th, 2010

Thanks for sharing this homemade tortilla and the info about Spelt flour, I learnt a lot from you.

Sushma Mallya  on September 17th, 2010

So easy and quick one, thanks for sharing mary

Lavanya  on September 17th, 2010

wow easy to make…thanks for sharing


Sidney  on September 17th, 2010

hmmmm, not too fancy on this tortila…if goes with side dishes will be better…it is also good to go with curry chicken or curry mutton

noobcook  on September 17th, 2010

I love tortillas, really impressed that your making them yourself. looks good!

Arnold  on September 17th, 2010

I also always stick to the store-bought variety. You make it look pretty simple so I will be giving this a try as soon as I can. I have to agree with you, homemade is always better.

anncoo  on September 17th, 2010

I always used store bought torila, looks so good to make it ourselves and I’m now looking for that spelt flour.

Belinda @zomppa  on September 17th, 2010

Sure beats going to the store!

elra  on September 17th, 2010

Homemade tortilla taste much better for sure. Thanks Mary!

Shirley  on September 17th, 2010

Interesting about spelt flour! didnt know about it. If I hadnt read the post I would have passed of the picture for that of a roti. Looks very similar.

lequan@luvtoeat  on September 17th, 2010

Hi Mary!

I love this! I’ve been having a lot of wraps and quesadillas lately cause I’ve been a bit busy to cook (blush). This recipe would come in very handy! I also LOVE Peking duck! Oh you have me craving for it now. Spelt flour is new to me. I never knew such a flour existed until I started blogging. Like always when I visit, keep learning, keep smiling :-D. Thank you for your awesome recipes and useful info all the time. Have a lovely weekend!

kristy  on September 17th, 2010

Wow, finally you’re making your own tortillas! Well done, Mary. I wanna make some too. Thanks for sharing & enjoy your day.
Regards, Kristy

Katerina  on September 17th, 2010

I have already bookmarked this. I love mexican food and I think using home-made tortillas will add to its taste.

Thas  on September 17th, 2010

I’ve blogged about making tortilla using corn flour and I used the tortilla maker. Your tortilla with spelt flour is quite interesting and reminds me of chapati that I make often. Will definitely try with spelt flour.

Lyndsey  on September 17th, 2010

I have a tortilla press and really need to get going and put it to good use. Thanks for the info on spelt flour, I’m going to try it. I have used the masa harina for making corn tortillas. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

tigerfish  on September 17th, 2010

I am trying to catch the Mexican food wave from your blog ;)

Joy  on September 17th, 2010

Great job. I would never think of using spelt.

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors  on September 17th, 2010

Thanks Mary - this is so much like the rotis we make in our Indian kitchens. So easy and unbeatable flavor! Thanks for sharing.

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

5 Star Foodie  on September 17th, 2010

A great recipe for homemade tortillas! Thanks for sharing this!

Aipi  on September 17th, 2010

Very useful explained it so well..lovely step by step pics!

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kamalika  on September 17th, 2010

Thats a very useful post Mary….Now I can stop buying tortilas…

Reeni  on September 17th, 2010

How great that you made you won tortillas Mary! And with spelt flour - I will have to look into getting some. Thank you for all the great information and showing us how easy it is.

Drick  on September 17th, 2010

I think you are on a roll Mary, making your own tortillas is just great and like everything else, they do taste so much better (sometimes it’s the fact that we labored over it) … can’t wait to see your enchiladas, let me know if I can help…

Chef Dennis  on September 17th, 2010

for special occasions my mother would make homemade tortillas, they are so much better than store bought. You did a great job with your tortillas and the spelt flour sounds great!

Lazaro  on September 17th, 2010


Wonderful tutorial. Could not agree more that everything homemade is much better.

Pepy @Indonesia Eats  on September 17th, 2010

I’m serious, I’d like to visit you one day :) Wonder you kitchen smell, I bet it’s so good

Carolyn Jung  on September 17th, 2010

Very interesting with the spelt addition. I bet that adds a nice hearty flavor, too.

Cheah  on September 18th, 2010

Wow, they look so nice. Resembles chapati. Doubt we can get spelt flour here.

Mary  on September 18th, 2010

@the lacquer spoon - It’s easy and fun to make tortillas at home. Give a try. have fun making your own tortillas :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Thanks very much, Sonia! Give a try at Mexican food. It’s really fun to make and eat. :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D

@Lavanya - Thanks very much, Lava! :D

@Sidney - Yes, have to use it as a wrap. I love curried chicken wrap too. Wonder whether you have tried. If not, give a try. It’s very delicious. I like it very much. May be next time I will add sambal to it :D

@noobcook - Thanks very much! Give a try. It’s fun to make :D

@Arnold - I was surprised that it’s actually simple to make. Have made several times already. Lovely to know you’ll be trying it soon. Have fun making your own tortillas :D

@anncoo - Hope you can get spelt flour there. Try the health shops or specialty shops that sells different types of flours. I can only imagine your tortillas will come out very pretty and round…….mine is not! :D

@Belinda @zomppa - You are very right, Belinda! :D

@elra - It’s really much better! :D

@Shirley - Yes, tortilla looks rather like roti, except that you add baking powder to tortillas. Hope you can find spelt flour at your place :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Wow….wish I can join you for all your Mexican meals. Oh…I can even cook for you while you are busy! :D Thanks very much for your lovely comment…together we learn & together we smile! :D Please take care, LeQuan.

@kristy - Yes, my tiny achievement!…hehe. Have fun making yours :D Hope you have a lovely day, too.

@Katerina - Lovely to know you love Mexican food, too. Have fun making :D

@Thas - Oh…you have a tortilla maker! I want it too. I have to find out. I’m sure that would make thin perfect tortillas. I would love to try chapatti one day….love Indian food, too :D Hope you can get spelt flour there.

@Lyndsey - Wonderful that you have a tortilla press. I would have to get one. I think my kitchen will scream in protest….another kitchen gadget!…haha :D I would love to try out with the masa harina one day. I’m sure it taste delicious too.

@tigerfish - Come, join me for this wonderful Mexican food adventure! :D

@Joy - Give a try at spelt. It’s good. I love it….mainly as a healthier option :D

@Devaki @ weavethousandflavors - Totally agree with you….similar to making roti or Chinese pancakes :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@Aipi - Thanks very much, Aipi for your lovely comment! :D

@kamalika - Thanks very much, Kamalika! Have fun making your own tortillas :D

@Reeni - Thanks very much, Reeni! Hope you can get spelt flour at your place. have fun making your own tortillas :D

@Drick - Yes, I think labouring over it makes it superbly delicious….haha. Enchiladas (am sure I can’t pronounce this right :P) is definitely on my list next. I was talking to my friend about it yesterday. I’ll follow your recipe again Thanks very much, Drick. You are just so helpful….a real Mex Buddy! You are making me into a Mexican on the inside now….LOL :D

@Chef Dennis - I’m so glad you testify to that….homemade tortillas are just much better than store bought. Thanks very much, Dennis! :D

@Lazaro - Thanks very much, Lazaro! Yes…homemade is best :D

@Pepy @Indonesia Eats - Oh wow…I’m excited to hear that. Please come! Would be wonderful to have you around :D I’m sure we will have lots of fun chatting, food and going out! Let me know if you ever come to Scotland.

@Carolyn Jung - Thanks very much, Carolyn! :D

@Cheah - Indeed they look quite like chapatti. Hope you can get the spelt flour there. Have fun cooking :D

Sidney  on September 18th, 2010

Hi Mary, normally I eat this with curry chicken…the curry makes it even better…well, sambal goes with tortila = something special…can consider!!! :)

Angie's Recipes  on September 18th, 2010

I like to make tortillas too…just wish it wouldn’t damage my pans so fast…

pierre  on September 18th, 2010

hello queen of scotland !! always good to have a tortillas recipe at home !! thanks

Jeannie  on September 18th, 2010

It does look like chappati…maybe slightly thicker. Spelt flour? What is that? lol! Seen that in several recipes (especially Angie’s) but till todate, still can’t find it! sigh!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on September 18th, 2010

So cool to see you put your Chinese pancake skills to use with your new Mexican theme! Thanks for sharing this Mary, you’re right about homemade being best :)

The Kitchen Masochist  on September 18th, 2010

I love Mexican food. It’s one of the things I miss about California.

I’m impressed that you’ve taken on such a feat and the patience you have to make tortillas or anything related to breadmaking. Somehow, working with dough intimidates me.

And, I agree, homemade, most of the time, always taste much better.

Stan the Einkorn Food Guy  on September 18th, 2010

I love seeing you cooking with spelt. Excellent pictures and thanks for sharing! Have you ever tried einkorn wheat? I made tortillas from einkorn and they were also fantastic!

Cooking Gallery  on September 18th, 2010

Thank you for the recipe Mary! My husband especially loves tortilla, will try your recipe in the future!

Magic of Spice-Alisha  on September 18th, 2010

Mary, this is a perfect post on how to make tortillas…These are impressive :)

Joanne  on September 18th, 2010

Not only are these homemade, they’re whole grain as well! Fantastic.

Mary  on September 18th, 2010

@Sidney - I guess that’s what we Malaysians like to eat….everything with curry…or sambal! :D

@Angie’s Recipes - Will it damage the pans? I hope it won’t damage my pans, too. I use a thick based stainless steel pan. I think the best would be cast iron pan. I have 3 but they are so heavy. I need to build up more muscles :D

@pierre - Oh wow….you have given me a sweet name, Pierre!…haha. I think I’m the queen of eating here in Scotland, and trying to be the queen of home cooking :P

@Jeannie - I would love to try and make chapatti one day. Maybe you can google it to find which shop has. Hope you can find it. Otherwise just use the normal plain flour. Homemade is still best :D

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - Yes, I did…and it works :D Our cooking skills are transferable…haha

@The Kitchen Masochist - Yes, it can be quite tricky working with dough. Usually the first time is a little challenging cos you don’t know what to expect and sometimes it may not turn out well. But it just gets better as you make each time. Give a try. Have fun cooking and enjoy all the fresh tropical fruits and food there in the Philippines :D

@Stan the Einkorn Food Guy - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D I have not tried einkorn wheat. I don’t think I have ever seen it here. Will look out for it when I go shopping.

@Cooking Gallery - Give a try. Have fun making your own tortilla :D

@Magic of Spice-Alisha - Thanks very much, Alisha!

@Joanne - Thanks very much, Joanne! :D

Ananda Rajashekar  on September 19th, 2010

Mery Thanks for the share, i admire how you get down to all basic food. This is fabulous to know, wonder why is baking powder added for softness? since the method resemble the roties we make in india where we don’t ad BP….but we knead the dough for long time so they come out soft :)

Little Inbox  on September 19th, 2010

You are really hardworking. I used to buy it from store. Hey, try to use it as pizza crust. It’s so crunchy after baking.

Barbara  on September 19th, 2010

I’ve never made these at home and after reading this, Mary, I’mm definitely going to try. You make it look so simple! Love that you used spelt flour too.

Simply Life  on September 19th, 2010

i’m definitely saving this recipe and hoping to try it soon! I’ve made my own pita bread and wasn’t sure how to make it to tortillas so this is great! Thanks for the info on spelt flour! In the last step, does “Dry fry” mean placing it on a hot pan without any oil? Thanks!

Mary  on September 19th, 2010

Ananda Rajashekar - Thanks very much, Ananda! I don’t know whether adding baking powder adds to the softness but I do know that adding oil helps. I just think that adding baking powder makes it puffs up more. Also this means less kneading….less muscle work :D The tortilla will taste different, not chewy like Chinese pancakes. Would love to try chapatti one day. I think I need to use machine otherwise I need to head for the gym to build up some muscles first…haha

@Little Inbox - Ooooh…great idea to use as pizza crust! Never thought of that. Thanks very much for sharing :D

@Barbara - Thanks very much, Barbara! Have fun making your own tortillas :D

@Simply Life - Wow…you make your own pita bread….wonderful! I would love to try one day. I’m sure it tastes way better than store bought ones. Yes, dry fry mean frying without oil. It won’t stick to the pan. have fun making your own tortilla :D

Faith  on September 19th, 2010

These look so delicious, Mary! I would love to make homemade tortillas! They remind me of chapatis, which I love.

Jess @ Bakericious  on September 19th, 2010

Thanks Mary for sharing the recipe and info about spelt flour, now is time to hunt for spelt flour :).

OohLookBel  on September 20th, 2010

Oh, I’d love to make my own wrappers - the bought ones are always so tough and go cold quickly. Thanks for the idea/recipe - definitely going to try it with the quesadillas!

suituapui  on September 20th, 2010

Looks like I can manage this. Must KIV… Hope to try to make it one day. My daughter would love it… Then can make when she comes home for the hols in November…

3hungrytummies  on September 20th, 2010

This will save a lot of money :) Great work Mary!

Mary  on September 20th, 2010

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! I would love to try and make chapatti one day…to go with curry…yum :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - I hope you can find spelt flour there. It’s a healthier flour :D

@OohLookBel - The tortillas here are soft but then I wonder what they add in to make them stay soft for so long and not get mouldy. Best is still home made. Give a try. It’s fun to make :D

@suituapui - What a wonderful dad you are! I’m sure your daughter is going to be greatly amazed. You’ll earn lots of hugs from her :D Wonderful that she’s coming back in November. I’m sure there’s going to lots of celebration and eating :D

@3hungrytummies - Haha…you are very right, Suresh! I must claim from my hubby huh…charge double…LOL :D

Stan the Einkorn Food Guy  on September 21st, 2010

Hi Mary,

Here is an overview of einkorn wheat’s health benefits:

We have made bread, pitas, tortillas, and cobbler out of einkorn and LOVE the end product - both the taste and the texture.

If you are interested in receiving a sample and writing a post about it, shoot me an email with your shipping address. Thanks again for sharing your recipe!

Jen Cheung  on September 21st, 2010

never had I make tortillas at home before. usually I will grab them from the super market though :) wahaha. lazy me but of course - I will need to try to make some at home. I wish I have my own kitchen nowwwwww :(

have a lovely tuesday love.
jen @

Mary  on September 22nd, 2010

@Stan the Einkorn Food Guy - This einkorn wheat is new to me. Thanks very much for the link to your post :D It was very informative. Would love some samples to try. Will contact you.

@Jen Cheung - Yes, I know… guilty of that, too :D especially when I’m busy. But homemade is still the best. Hope you have your kitchen soon to enjoy cooking. Or you can come here and I can cook for you :D

Dimah  on September 22nd, 2010

Your tortillas look incredible. Great photos!
Thanks for sharing :)

Mary  on September 22nd, 2010

@Dimah - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Dimah! :D

Mimi  on September 22nd, 2010

I love home made tortillas. Your looks perfect.

lani  on September 28th, 2010

Nice! I made once, it was a great experience. But the rolling of dough was so hard for me :)
Happy Mid-week!

Mary  on September 29th, 2010

@Mimi - Thanks very much, Mimi! :D

@lani - Yes, rolling out the dough takes some effort. We need to go to the gym to build up some muscles…haha :D Thanks very much for the link, Lani! Your quesadillas look very delicious…mmm

Kim  on August 25th, 2012

Hi. It’s hard to find spelt flour in KL. Can I use high-protein flour, whole wheat flour or atta flour?
Any other options of flour that I can find easily in Malaysia? TQ

Mary  on August 25th, 2012

@Kim - Yes, sure you can use the normal plain flour instead of spelt flour. I’m not too sure about wholemeal flour or atta flour. Would be good to try. I would try half-half first, i.e., half wholemeal and half plain flour. Maybe you can try with this first. And if it works out well, you can increase the amount of whole meal flour if you like it that way. You can try adding other flours if you like, like rye, maybe. Would love to know how you are getting along. Have fun making tortillas :D

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