Homemade Flour Tortillas (with butter)

5 from 6 votes

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These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!

These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!

What Makes This Recipe Great

Making tortillas from scratch might have changed my life a little. I truly did not know what a difference homemade flour tortillas with butter from store bought would be like but let me just tell you they are amazing. The texture and taste alone make these tortillas the best you will ever consume. They come together with 4 of the simplest ingredients that I know you have in your kitchen. You will a bit of arm strength but it’s totally worth it for the end result.

Ingredients

  • Flour– I have only tried this recipe with regular white flour.
  • Butter– unsalted is best so you can control the salt in the recipe.
  • Water– 
  • Salt– regular table salt is perfect

Step by Step

Pro Tips

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do you need any fancy equipment to make tortillas?
    •  Nope! You can use a mixer with a dough hook if you wanted but it is absolutely not necessary. I have made them both ways and can tell you it’s just as easy to do it in a regular bowl.  You also might think you need a tortilla press but you don’t.  Tortilla presses can be great for corn tortillas and help make the dough flat, but this dough is so easy to roll out and you can’t get it as thin as it should be with a tortilla press anyways.
  • Can you use oil instead of butter?
    • You can!  You can also use shortening or lard but my favorite way is to use butter.
  • Can you make the dough ahead of time?
    •  Yes! You can make the dough up to 5 days ahead of the time you want to roll out and cook them.  You just need to let the dough come to room temperature before rolling them out.
These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!

What should you put on a Flour Tortilla?

The possibilities are endless but here are some of my faves:

These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!

Additions for your tortillas

These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!
These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!
5 from 6 votes

Homemade Flour Tortillas (with butter)

By: Kelsey
These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups 360 grams all purpose flour
  • cup 76 grams room temperature butter
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • extra flour for rolling

Instructions 

  • In a bowl combine flour, butter and salt.
  • These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!
  • With a rubber spatula or in a mixer with a dough hook, press the butter into the flour, stirring to combine and disperse the butter.
  • These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!
  • Slowly add water to the mixture, about 1/4 cup at a time.
  • These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!
  • When you have added all of the water, the dough should come together and be a bit shaggy.
  • These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!
  • Dump that out onto your counter or a cutting board and knead it for a minute to bring it all together and combine in all of the flour.
  • These Homemade Flour Tortillas are super easy to make with just flour, butter, water and salt!
  • Once dough has come together, wrap it in plastic wrap and let sit for 20 minutes so the gluten can relax.
  • When the dough is ready, sprinkle a light flour on your work surface and remove the dough from the wrap.
  • Divide the dough into 12 pieces for large tortillas and 18 pieces for medium (this is the size I did in the photos). Take each piece and roll them into balls.
  • Sprinkle some more flour down before rolling each ball out.  You want them to be pretty thin so you can see through it slightly.
  • Place a pan over medium high heat. Any pan should work for this but I prefer to use a cast iron skillet.
  • Once the pan has preheated for a few minutes, spray it lightly with a little bit of oil (not too much or they will fry).
  • Try to brush off the excess flour on the tortilla before adding it to the pan. Cook for about 45-60 seconds them flip over.  You just want to see some small brown spots, don’t leave it too long or it will not be pliable!
  • Cook them one at a time and store in a hand towel or tortilla warmer until you are ready to eat!

Notes

  • This dough can be made ahead of time and stored in plastic wrap (wrapped up tightly) in the fridge for up to 5 days.  When you want to use the dough, let it sit out and come to room temperature before continuing to roll them out as instructed.
  • If you don’t eat all of the tortillas, place them in an air tight container and store them in the fridge for up to 4 days.  Reheat in the microwave in a slightly damp paper towel for 10 seconds, or reheat on the stovetop.
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Loved making these! The trick is to roll them paper thin, like nearly see through. So delicious and fun to make!

  2. 5 stars
    Woah, these are amazing! My 13 yo son and I made them tonight for Taco Tuesday and he was so into it. He was like, we need to make these every week! I definitely need to work on my rolling, but they were so tasty that it didn’t matter how they looked!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m not a good cook! I was convinced that I would mess these up, but they came out great!!! I followed the directions as written. So excited that I can make these now!!! I tried one with some peanut butter and chocolate hummus, yum!