Soft flour tortilla recipe

Soft flour tortilla recipe
Soft flour tortillas are actually quite simple things to make, but there are a lot of different soft flour tortilla recipes out there it's hard to know where to start.

Pile of soft flour tortillas

I thought I'd create my own simple tortilla recipe seeing as I love them so much. Many recipes on the internet are based around vegetable shortening, which I do have in the cupboard but didn't see the point in using. As it turns out, you don't need it, and self-raising flour + milk + oil is all you need to get a great result.

Supermarket made tortillas are also pretty good, but nothing beats homemade and fresh.


  • 3 cups of self raising flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • Extra flour for rolling


I'm a cheat. Add all ingredients to a breadmaker, and mix using the dough setting. Most breadmakers will allow the dough time to rise, but this isn't going to happen here without any yeast. So feel free to stop the breadmaker as soon as the dough looks properly mixed.



Divide the dough into 12 small portions (smaller recipe pictured) and roll into balls.
Rolling the tortilla

Using a well-floured surface, roll the dough into a flat pancake, about 20cm diameter. The dough should be very thin, but still feel strong.
Pile of uncooked flour tortillas


Use a non-stick fry pan and heat to a medium-hot temperature. I don't use any oil here as it just makes your food greasy, but the extra flour left on the tortilla plus the teflon surface of the fry pan should provide adequate lubrication.
Cooking the tortilla

Small bubbles will appear inside the tortilla, which will go brown on top. Flip after about 30 seconds and cook the other side.


Quesadillas are pretty hard to beat, but fresh burritos are also a nice way of eating your tortillas.
Quesadillas using flour tortillas

For the quesadillas, I added some marinated beef, fresh veges and cheese between 2 tortillas and heated on the fry pan until the cheese melted through.

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