Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas

Hi Friends!

Today I have a super simple recipe to share with you guys. Homemade 100% Whole Wheat Tortillas!

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These have been on my list to make for quite a while now. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I’m semi-obsessed with tortillas. I eat them all.the.time. And even though I do my best to buy brands that are 100% whole wheat and low in sodium, it’s rare that I can find a brand with an ingredient list that satisfies me. Tortillas seem like a pretty simple thing to make right? Well if you look at the ingredient list on many store bought brands, you’ll likely see something like this:

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Lots of unnecessary stuff. I always thought it would be pretty easy to make them at home but I never got around to trying until yesterday. And guess what? They are SUPER easy to make and only require 4 ingredients! Win!

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With only 4 ingredients, these tortillas do away with the store brand mystery ingredient list. Roll them up and enjoy with breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ⅔ c warm water
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour, oil and salt.
  2. Slowly add the warm water while stirring until a rough dough comes together. Add a little extra water if needed.
  3. Turn the dough onto the counter and knead for about two minutes.
  4. Return to bowl and let rest for 20 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 8 equal balls.
  6. Roll each ball into a circle (you want them to be pretty thin)
  7. Heat a pan over medium high heat and grease lightly.
  8. Drop one dough circle into the pan and let cook until bubbles form- about 1 minute.
  9. Flip over and cook another minute, pressing down with a spatula if needed. Repeat with remaining dough.
  10. Use immediately, store in an airtight container in the fridge or freeze.

 

Super easy. I used white whole wheat flour but this should work with AP flour as well.

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It took me a couple tries to figure out how long to leave it in the pan to get the nice brown spots…so at the end, I just threw the first two back in the pan and they browned right up.

Disclaimer: These are not as soft as the ones you buy in the store…but they’re not super stiff, especially when warm. So use them right after you make them…or if you store them in the fridge (they should last about a week) just warm them up in the microwave before using them!

That’s all there is to it, friends!

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Let’s chat: Do you make your own tortillas? Flour or corn?

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

 

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


Comments

  1. It’s amazing how easy it is to make tortillas. I’ve been making my own quinoa and buckwheat ones and I can’t get over how gosh darn simple they are to make.
    Usually, I make them more flatbread style though, since I like them thicker. So good.
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  2. Love this!! Pinned and saved for when I can get to it.
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  3. This has been on my kitchen to-do list for a while! I want to see if I can make some lower carb ones…thanks for the inspiration!
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  4. You are so right about the list of ingredients on a package of tortillas. I’ve seen longer ones than the one you showed too. I think I need to try this. Fresh tortillas are absolutely the best!
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  5. When you posted these on instagram I was so excited. They look so easy and the list of ingredients is perfect.
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  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS as my child is tortilla smitten and DAMN that ingredient list is long even in the best of em!!!!
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  7. you know my initial thought… think GF flour would work?

  8. I haven’t made my own but I might now! I love fresh tortillas – especially corn.
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  9. Done, done, and done, those look great!
    One of my favorite things about “common” breads like tortillas, or naan is that while being delicious, they are so simple!
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  10. I SO need to do this!
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  11. This is something that’s been on my “to make” list for awhile too. These look delicious and so simple too…cannot wait to give this a try!
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  12. Wow, I had no idea tortillas were that easy to make! I’m gonna have to save this one.
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  13. Yup. Making these.
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  14. wow that’s a whole lot simpler than i thought it was going to be after seeing your picture on ig! very cool!
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  15. I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing!
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  16. I’m seriously going to give this a try today. They look so easy to make – I was thinking the same thing when I read this post, “why haven’t I done this before?!” :)
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  17. I JUST said “I need to learn to make tortillas asap” because Im moving to a Mexican food desert. These look perfect!

  18. Anyone tried this with quinoa flour? I might give it a go and see what happens

  19. This is awesome…I hate all the extras in commercial tortillas, too! Will be making these, for sure.
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  20. Doesnt get much simpler than that! I live in Texas, aka home to the best Mexican food ever, and have never made tortillas. It’s intimidating! But this doesnt look so bad…Ill def have to try it out!

  21. I have looked up several recipes over the years and have yet to try to make my own tortillas. Thanks for sharing!
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  22. Wow I can’t believe how simple these look! I live alone and don’t have a freezer so I never eat tortillas as there are always so many left. Problem solved!

  23. This is soooo awesome! I can’t wait to try it out!
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  24. So simple, so amazing! How long will they keep for do you think?
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  25. Thank you for this! So much! Very simple.

  26. I am totally trying this!! Thanks for the recipe!

  27. Wow – genius! Did they stay soft in the fridge?
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  28. I’ve never made my own tortillas, but they sure do sound simple enough! These look great!
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  29. I’ve never made my own but these look so easy! I can’t wait to try this.

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  30. Awesome! Been trying to eat more whole foods & cut down on ingredient lists. Thanks for sharing this!!
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  31. Wow how simple!! Great idea
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  32. NICE way to simplify that messy list of unnecessary ingredients!
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  33. I love this!! I always thought it was super hard to make my own tortillas…. This seems so simple!
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  34. These look incredibly easy even though I’d probably end up with tortillas in very odd shapes. But hey, that makes them fun to eat right?!

  35. Can’t wait to try these!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  36. Genius! We’ve tried to make our own flour tortillas before but the ingredient list was a lot longer and a lot more labor intensive. Definitely trying this!
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  37. I used to make something very similar but now that I am not eating grains, I make mine with cauliflower and they are soft and lovely.

    Nice pics!
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  38. These look so good! I’ve been striking out in the stores for cleaner/healthier versions of tortillas and wraps, so these would be perfect! Thanks :)
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  39. This makes me really happy! I’ve been wanting to make my own tortillas but haven’t been willing to experiment; this seems pretty straight forward!
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  40. Genius!
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  41. I tried making some about a month ago and they turned out stiff. Are these soft? I should try this one. My recipes didn’t use any oil or butter so maybe that is why.
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  42. I’ve made my own before mainly because I realized I was out of them and wanted a quesedilla really bad. LOL so I had looked up a recipe but I feel like I had to put more into it than this, I really like that there are only 4 ingredients. Going to have to try this next time!
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  43. I’ve always thought the SAME thing about the ingredients list with tortillas! I never find one that’s remotely short. I’ve been eating corn tortillas for breakfast tacos lately though.

    I’m definitely giving this recipe a try!
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  44. Oh this is awesome!!! Can’t wait to try! Thanks girl <3
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  45. Well lady, it’s time to BAG those puppies up and SELL EM! That is what we WANT & NEED to see on shevles! :)

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  46. I love tortillas – especially the wheat ones!
    These look way easier than I would have thought.
    Pinned to try SOON!!
    Thanks for sharing!
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  47. These look fantastic! I can’t eat wheat otherwise I’d definitely be giving these a go.
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  48. Who knew that it could be so easy to make your own tortillas and that they would use so few ingredients! I am loving this.
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  49. Love it! I made these once in Ithaca with a friends tortilla press… as we were ready to leave Houston, we bought one for ourselves… this is the perfect motivation to actually use it!
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  50. LOVE!!!! SO EASY!!! Even for me! ;) I am thinking you can add cinnamon (dessert tortilla) or other flavoring is you want to change the taste of the tortilla – what do you think?
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  51. I finally was able to check out your recipe today and mine is basically the same. http://onceamonthmom.com/homemade-flour-tortillas-recipe/ I think I need to roll them out better when I make them so that they turn out thinner. They are delicious but I haven’t made them for awhile. Now I’m in the mood to make them again, thanks!!
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  52. I really want to try to make my own corn tortillas. The ingredients on some of these things are sketchy, and I’ve got a bag of corn flour sitting in my pantry…
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  53. Your recipe calls for White Whole Wheat? That flour is still brownish correct? Not completely white?
    I have never used white whole wheat, what I have done instead is mix in some white all purpose with all natural whole wheat flour. I guess I gotta check out the “white whole wheat” flour.

  54. Lindsay, you are a life saver. I’m allergic to almost all cereal grains (except, weirdly, wheat), and i can’t find a straight-up wheat bread option (everything has barley, oats, rye, corn, potato, etc.).

    Thanks for sharing!
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  55. Lindsay, how did you know?! I’ve been searching around for an easy whole wheat version. Thank you!

  56. Is that really all that goes into them??? I need to make my own ASAP!
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  57. I JUST made these and they turned out great. They were so quick. I used regular whole wheat flour and so far they are pretty soft. I am going to reheat them in the skillet before dinner and hope they stay as yummy!

  58. Hey…loved to know that u like and make tortilla’s so well..

    Actually i am from India and here we this our staple food and we make it for lunch and dinner daily…its called “ROTI OR CHAPPATI” here in india…:)

  59. Trying these with multigrain pastry flour. The dough is a little sticky but I will add a but more flour after it rests. So excited to do this recipe

  60. Do you use hard white wheat or soft white wheat?

    Thanks!

  61. I often buy tortillas or pitas and make chips, but if I can make them myself even better! I’m making these today.

  62. Hi – Do I have to use white whole wheat or can I just use whole wheat?

  63. I recently saw a commercial tortilla made from whole wheat and black beans. A friend wants to try them so I suggested we make some. (I do make flour tortillas regularly.)
    Any ideas on the ratio of black beans to flour? Because the beans will add some moisture, I’ll add water in small increments.
    Other thoughts or ideas on this?

  64. This is awesome. Maybe this has been mentioned, but I’m wondering about freezing them uncooked. I think it would work to roll them out and stack them in a round Tupperware with wax paper in between. That way I could pull out what I need, and I think I could probably cook them straight from frozen, if I used low heat. What do you think?

  65. i was searching for a good recipe on wheat olive oil tortillas and I came across yours….I am trying them now and it just seems like maybe the baking powder would help to make them soft? well, I am using a iron cast tortilla grill…it makes them especially quick to get brown on both sides fast….so maybe this would be another venture to try with your recipe…anyhow thank you and I will let you know about the taste…..

  66. This recipe and post is fantastic! My only question is: does any know the nutritional facts that go along with this recipe? Ie : calories, fat calories, carbs and protein per serving and the amount a serving is?

    • I don’t post the nutrition info but if you want it, you can always put the recipe into a free recipe calculator like spark people or my fitness pal!

      • Thanks for the quick response! And I didn’t even know such calculators existed! Will do! Awesome! Thank you again for the great recipe!

  67. I just gave these a try, and they look nothing like the picture… I did use regular whole wheat flour, so I wasn’t expecting them to be the same as store-bought, but they are pretty stiff, despite following the recipe. They also don’t have any of the dark brown spots, and when I tried cooking it longer, it turned crispy like a taco shell! Any thoughts on what I did wrong? I really want this recipe to work for me because it was very simple, and I love how few ingredients are required!

    • make sure you don’t roll them too thin. the thinner they are, the stiffer they get and they crack easier. Also if your dough was too dry you may need to add a little water. The dark brown spots come from when the tortilla bubbles up in the pan so make sure you have your pan hot enough and don’t flip before it starts bubbling. Sometimes the first one or two don’t bubble as much but the rest should.

      • Thank you for the tips! I will try it again…mine never bubbled, so I think adding more water would have helped!

  68. We generally cook with spelt flour in the home, so I tried this with spelt. I’ll need to tweak the recipe a bit, but my oldest (who’s not that old) exclaimed that the quesadillas I made with this recipe were terrific and that he wished Dad were here (he’s at work) because he would certainly like these. And this coming from a kid who rarely eats my chicken and doesn’t like cheese too often anymore. Thanks!

  69. Hi, I come from Taiwan.
    I just want to tell you that this is my first time making tortillas, and I’m happy to say it was a big success!! Never felt so proud of myself haha ;)
    And my family love these too. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, can’t wait to try another one!

  70. These turned out great. Better than any I have made before. I used the dough setting on my bread machine to knead them. Tastes good too!

  71. I googled a recipe for homemade tortillas and found this one. Trying these now! Love all the ideas in the comments. This was extremely simple. The hardest part is allowing the dough to rest for 20 minutes.

  72. These are really great tortillas!! My family is obsessed!!! Thanks for the recipe

  73. me too! love it!

  74. OMG thank you so much for this recipe! I had never tried homemade tortillas before and I love these! I’m never buying tortillas again :P yummy yummy yummy!

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