Homemade Flour Tortillas + Video


When my grandma passed away in 2004, my mom asked me if I wanted something that reminded me of my grandma. I remember thinking; all I want is one of the two rolling pins she used to make her legendary flour tortillas. I called my mom a few weeks after her passing and asked if anyone had asked for them. It turned out my sister had asked for one of her rolling pins too and my uncle Carlos had the other one. However, he was more than happy to give it to me. I took that as a sign that her rolling pin was meant to be mine. It’s that beautiful, old wooden rolling pin that is displayed on my permanent home altar—that same rolling pin that sparked the idea to gather our family’s recipes and stories for my children.

Her rolling pin continues to inspire me to cook and write down recipes handed down from my mother and grandma, and encourages me to create some of my own recipes.

Making this video with my mom of her making homemade flour tortillas using the same rolling pin transported me to my childhood. I felt like a little girl again and couldn’t resist sneaking a fresh warm tortilla when my mom wasn’t looking just like I used to do when my grandma would make them.

My favorite way to eat a fresh warm tortilla is with a roasted chile, lightly salted, and rolled into one perfect spicy burrito.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Yield: Makes 13 to 14 (7 to 8 inch) tortillas

This flour tortilla recipe is very easy, and if you've never tasted homemade flour tortillas before, you should really give this a try. When you compare these light and delicious tortillas to store-bought, there really is no comparison.

My grandma made the best homemade flour tortillas. It was a way to nourish her family and continue a tradition.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1⁄8 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon lard or shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water


  1. Place a comal (griddle or cast-iron skillet) over medium heat and allow it to heat up.
  2. In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients. Add the lard or shortening and combine until you have the consistency of small crumbs.
  3. Add the warm water and mix well with your hand. The mixture may be a little sticky. Knead on a cutting board or smooth counter until dough is pliable and springy. Sprinkle with flour if dough is too sticky.
  4. Form 2 to 2½-inch dough balls. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough balls to form 7 to 8-inch disks. If dough is sticky, sprinkle board and rolling pin with flour to make it easier to roll out the dough.
  5. As you roll out each disk, place on the hot comal to cook, it will take 1 minute or less on each side. After cooking the first side, turn tortilla over and let it cook on the opposite side; when tortilla starts to form air pockets press down gently on it with a wooden tortilla press or rolled up kitchen towel (like Grandma did) to release the air. Don’t press too much, or it will make tough tortillas.
  6. Keep the tortillas warm in a tortilla warmer or under a clean dish towel while you make the rest. Leftover tortillas can be refrigerated in a plastic bag.

More recipes available at muybuenocookbook.com
This recipe is also published in Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor

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Written by Yvette  / Photo by Jeanine Thurston / Video by Pure Cinematography

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  1. Can not wait to try to make these. I tried to get my grandma to teach me how to make homemade flour tortillas and her tamales. I even purchased all the ingredients. She made them without me, then got too sick to ever show me 🙁 . Thank you for your shared recipes.

  2. Love your blog. Found some great recipes I’ve always wanted to have. Great tortilla recipe. They’re exactly like the ones my mom taught me to make. I just wanted to say that after I knead my dough I cover it and let it rest about 5 to 10 minutes and it’s usually easier to work with. Also, humidity and altitude can effect your dough and can cause you to need more or less water.

    • Hi Yvonne,

      Thank you! You are absolutely right about humidity and altitude affecting the dough — thanks for making that point 😉

      Keep in touch!

  3. You know that this is my favorite recipe in your book. I have told everyone who will listen to give it a try and never buy store bought again. I just need to work on my technique a bit. These are delicious no matter what the shape!

  4. ¡Hola! ¡Qué lindo el video de su mamá! ¿Puede Ud. compartir el nombre de la canción que toca en el video? Me encanta la guitarra española y me gustaría usar esta música en mis clases de Zumba para descansar después de la clase. ¡Mil gracias!

  5. Yvette, this is a great recipe from your cookbook and the video helped me fill in a few small gaps in my understanding of the technique. Next time I make them I’ll be sure to use the towel to press down some of the bubbles. Also the way your mother rolled the tortillas taught me a lot. Your mom is a star- great video from you both!

  6. Great video!
    It made my day when I saw your ma making the tortillas. It so reminded me of my time in the kitchen with my ma and sisters. Great times around the kitchen table laughing and poking fun at our tortilla skills along with anything else that just happen to be a topic at the time.
    We always tried to make our ma pick one of us as the best daughter with the best tortilla making skill……she was very wise and always pick all of us sisters. 🙂

  7. Great tutorial, and your mom is so cute! You should send it to a certain Argentinian TV chef making the rounds on social media these days. 😉

  8. Lovely! Made me a bit teary eyed thinking of my grandma. She never measured a single thing and I always wondered how she made such amazing food-this video brought her close to mind and heart, she made flour tortillas with love and joy.

    • Thank you Bernadine. My grandma and mom never measured anything either. It took my mom many tries to get recipe just right and having to stop and measure it all. So glad we now have exact measurement to share.

  9. Love, love, love this! What a beautiful video, too!

    • Thanks Kelly! I wish my mom lived nearby so she can be in more videos. Your videos really inspire me so your compliments are truly special. Gracias.

  10. YummO! I’ve tried a recipe that added powdered milk and they were ok. Why would you add powdered milk anyway? Maybe for protein? Just curious. I can’t wait to try this recipe especially after such a detailed video. I loved how your mom put the lard into the dry ingredients but to the side of the mixing bowl until she thoroughly mixed in all the dry ingredients first. Then she worked it in. Then she hand kneaded each pinched off “ball” of perfect size before rolling each out. I’m wondering what wood the rolling pin was usually made of… Then flattening out the bubbles as they were cooked! WOW! Wonderful video! Watching over and over again. Thank You and your mom!

  11. Hi
    I loved the video. You know what Indian flat bread called ‘roti’ or ‘chapati’ is made in exactly the same way. The only difference is that instead of white flour(all purpose flour) we use whole wheat flour and there is no baking powder added to the flour.

  12. HOW INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS AND EASY IS THIS RECIPE? ! I am an incredible Brazilian home cook and I can whip up a banquet out of anything #MCGYVER. But if there is one thing i’m terrible at is flour tortillas from scratch. Today all of that changed. WOW. My kids and my husband truly savored every last one. I have a few leftover dough balls ziploced up for bfast. So happy to add this recipe to my family’s cookbook. Obrigada!

  13. Wonderful video and recipe. I’m making them now and it truly IS an art to make tortillas. I’m loving it though and so is my daughter!! My son and daughter eat them faster than i can make them!! Delicioso!! Muy Bueno!!!

  14. I tried these tonight, and my dough was a bit tough. Therefore they were too thick and tough. Any advice for next time? I’m presuming I used the right measurements and didn’t mis-read. LOL!

    • I’m sorry to hear the dough was tough Amy. Maybe the water was not warm enough or the pouring of the water was too slow? Are you using all purpose flour? ~Vangie

  15. Omg thx my husband and kids love these not hard at all …. It’s letting the kids pitch in and knowing all the recipes were just in your kitchen, thank you so much my kids and I enjoyed making them !!!

  16. Omg thx my husband and kids love these not hard at all …. It’s letting the kids pitch in and knowing all the recipes were just in your kitchen, thank you so much my kids and I enjoyed making them !!!

  17. Hi Yvette,

    I wanted to thank you and your mother for a truly wonderful recipe.

    I have tried many internet recipes and could never find the rest taste and texture until now. I made a half batch, stacked between wax paper, and then cooked.

    The only issue I had was that the dough was too sticky and I couldn’t free all the tortillas from the wax paper. Did I just have too much water in the dough? Also, do you need to rest the dough at all before rolling to reduce the dough elasticity?

    • Hi Bruce,

      I’m so happy to hear our recipe was wonderful. We don’t use wax paper, so I can’t answer that question. And no, we don’t rest the dough. This dough recipe is meant to roll directly and cook as soon as rolled. Hope that helps.


  18. When I told my husband I’ll make tortilla after watching you video. He insisted we do not own a tortilla presser. I told him rolling pin works! He insisted it will not work. First question:does that really make a huge difference?

    As I started rolling and cooking it, I was thinking the tortilla I ate is thin so I rolled it really thin! But it just gets crisp… By 6th piece I try to make it more round but less thin. When cook finally the whole piece fully puffed up! Question 2:So shd I roll it really thin or it should be able to puff up thickness?

    • Hi Mae,

      A tortilla press only works for corn tortillas. You have to use a rolling pin for flour tortillas. Thickness is truly a personal preference. I prefer mine a little thicker 😉

  19. I knew this was the recipe I wanted to try when I read your first few sentences. My husband just asked me if we had a rolling pin and I pulled out the wooden one that I used to watch my grandma make tortillas with. I asked for it years ago! She is still alive but in a nursing home and that was one of few items that I wanted from her home! Your story made me smile!

  20. This was my second time making these and they were terrible, I have no idea what I did wrong. The first time they were amazing and this time they were like crackers.

  21. I believe it was warm water, maybe it was too warm. Do you have any thoughts on what temperature the water should be? And thanks for the reply. I will be trying again cause they were awesome the first time.

  22. Can I use a gluten free flour or mix to make these tortillas? My children have a gluten allergy.

  23. Hola just wanted to ask if you could send me measurements for half of the recipe.Thank you and God Bless.

  24. Why do my tortillas shrink so small

  25. What memories were brought back! My mom made wonderful tortillas and your video was right on. Every step. …just like Momma made. …even the Comal. Thank you for attention to detail and history.

  26. When I seen this video first thing I noticed is how cute your momma is!! Second thing I noticed was cabbler girl baking soda. That’s what we use!
    You mom makes them exactly how we make them and just like you I’m always sneaking a tortilla but I like mine with butter. 
    After my grandma passed my mom got her  famous rolling pin. My grandma would’ve been 90 this year. She’s been gone since 2002
    Do you and your mom have any videos together of making tamales?
    Thank for sharing from Bakersfield, Ca

    • Thank you Angelina! I’ll be sure to tell my momma. I love a warm tortilla with butter too. YUM! I have a tamalada video, unfortunately my mom was not in town for that video, but you can find it here: https://youtu.be/l96uvEKamwo

  27. So, that’s your mom in the video? She is awesome and you are so lucky to have had a loving mom. I noticed the rolling pin before reading your blog comments. It reminds me of the small, but tapered, Chinese rolling pins which are so useful and simple. I never could handle those large clunky ones sold in American stores.

    I just learned to make corn tortillas today so decided to search the tube for flour tortilla information. Thank you for posting this beautiful video!

  28. Hola Yvette! Could I use olive oil instead of shortening?

    • Hi ISA, I have made flour tortillas using olive oil. I use about 1/4 cup of olive oil to 3-4 cups of flour. In my opinion, the flavor of the olive oil is a little overpowering and gets in the way of the simple flour tortilla taste. I have also made flour tortillas with the following (not all at once, though–LOL): corn oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, shortening, butter, lard. I thought that the best tasting tortillas, ultimately, were the ones I made with lard, shortening, or butter. I also made tortillas with 100% whole wheat flour and they are more nutritious (lots of fiber), but have a stronger, “nuttier” flavor and are slightly stiffer than those made with all-purpose flour. I’ve also experimented with add-ins like garlic powder, chile powder, crushed chili flakes, dried dill weed, crushed thyme leaves, etc., etc. I would recommend that you use Muy Bueno’s ratio of ingredients and just experiment with the oils to find your favorite version!

    • Hi Isa, I honestly wouldn’t recommend it. We have tested and re-tested this recipe over and over and the recipe you see here tastes perfect as-is! Happy tortilla making.

  29. I was just telling my sisters that I literally started crying watching the video of your mom making tortillas. I was looking up people making tortillas on YouTube, and after seeing all these people trying their best but tearing up tortillas and making them all crazy looking, and I am sure they tasted fine, BUT, I found this video, and she rolls up the dough just like mom used to, she flips the dough around while rolling it like mom used to she flips them hand to hand like mom used to, and she even has that flat steel griddle like mom used to make pancakes on. I’d give anything to be 4 feet tall again, eye level to the stove watching mom make those tortillas. Thank you SOOOOO much for that video!

  30. Amazing site !!!I love it!!!making flour tortillas this morning..

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