Homemade Flour Tortillas & Giveaway Winner

I don’t think I will ever buy store bought flour tortillas again! These were so amazing!! We had these for our favorite chicken tacos and these homemade tortillas just elevated them to a whole new level of awesomeness!! The best part is they are super easy and your friends will think you are the best cook ever for making them from scratch.  One of the things I love about them is you can make them ahead of time, which works great for entertaining!

Also I just want to thank everyone so much for your sweet comments in the giveway.  I so loved reading everyone’s favorite fall treats, which were overwhelmingly pumpkiny.  You all inspired me so I have a pumpkin treat coming your way very soon! Here is the winner from the giveaway:

The winner is comment #83

Kelly R October 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Pumpkin pie milk shakes!!

(I used random integer generator to pick the winner)

Kelly, I sent you an email so just respond with where you want your gift card to (starbucks, i-tunes or target) and where to send it to! On to the recipe…

Homemade Flour Tortillas
Source: Pennies on a Platter, originally from Confections of Foodie Bride

3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 heaping tsp. salt
5 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened & cut up into sections (shortening or olive oil)
3/4 cup to 1 cup warm water

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.  Add in the butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand.  Switch to the hook attachment and turn the mixer on low and slowly add the water and mix just until dry ingredients become wet.  Knead the dough until it clears the sides of the bowl and sticks to the bottom.  Dough should be slightly tacky but not overly sticky.  If too sticky, add a tiny bit of flour and if too dry, add a bit more water.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, pat dough into a large circle and divide into 12 golf ball sized portions.  Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Heat a large skillet over medium to medium high heat.

Working with one dough ball at a time, continuing to keep all the other dough balls covered with the towel, pat the ball into a disc.  Lightly flour the dough ball & roll into a 6-8 inch circle.  You want the tortilla to be very thin and be almost translucent. Transfer the tortilla to the heated skillet and heat for approximately 10-20 seconds and flip and heat on the other side until some of the bubbles are slightly browned.  Be careful not to burn them and not to get them too crispy, you want them to be soft & pliable.  Place cooked tortilla on a plate and cover with a kitchen towel.  Repeat for all remaining balls of dough.

Serve warm right away or store in a zippered bag and reheat in the microwave with paper towels in between each tortilla. Also, these should freeze really well, too!

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  1. SO happy you loved these, too! I’ve probably bought tortillas only once now since first making them homemade. It’s so convenient to make them ahead of time and store them in the freezer! 🙂

  2. Those look amazing! I love tortillas and plan on making these very soon!

  3. I’ve been talking about making tortillas for ages…and you did make it sound quite simple! This might be a weekend project.

  4. I made these a few weeks ago, and OMG were they good! So soft and fluffy, and not “gummy” like storebought ones. Like you, I will never buy tortillas again!

  5. just tried this. so good! thanks xx

  6. These were delicious! So soft, and also easy to make. Way better than store bought, for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I have made these before and loved them now I need to make them and take to aa brunch any suggestions on making ahead of time or keeping them warm? Thanks for the help!

    • So glad you love them! I would suggest either making them the morning of and wrapping them in foil with paper towels in between each tortilla so they don’t stick, or make them the night before and then heat them in the microwave with paper towels in between each right before you leave and then wrap them in foil. You can also dampen the paper towels slightly before you layer them between the tortillas when you are microwaving so the tortillas don’t get too hard. Hope that helps!

  8. Savanah says:

    this was my first attempt at tortillas and they came out soft and wonderful! I cut the dough out into circles with a glass and then rolled them super thin. Great post!

  9. Catherine Mirelez says:

    I think these were great, but if you have kids, I’d suggest you make 18 tortillas instead of 12. My little ones are 4 and 5 and there was just too much tortilla for them. But this is the first time I’ve made flour tortillas usually we eat corn, so they are use to the smaller size any ways.

    Other than that, they were GREAT and I got amazing reviews from the family.

  10. Litasha B. says:

    I just made a batch of these! They are so delicious! Best part is how simple they are to make! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

  11. Samantha says:

    Thanks for the recipe. They tasted delicious. I will definitely make these again! 🙂