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Simple tortilla recipe

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This simple tortilla recipe is a BIG part of my meal planning and batch cooking lifestyle.

Having tortillas on hand means I can easily make tortilla pizzas, air fryer tortilla chips, chicken chilaquiles, fajitas, slow cooker beef enchiladas, chicken fajita triangles, burritos and much more! We’ve also been enjoying some bacon, sausage and egg wraps recently.

This is a great way to spend just a few pounds and stock up the freezer with delicious, hearty lunches and dinners without needing to pop to the shops for fresh produce. Also, you can bulk out burritos or fajitas with my slow cooker rice too!

The first time I made these tortillas it was just because I couldn’t be bothered to go to the shops! It was a hot day, and I wanted something tasty, and fun, for dinner, without too much effort.

I do enjoy supermarket tortillas, but these are so much cheaper that I mostly just make these now! It takes just a few minutes to prepare the dough and they are so fresh and tasty.

A look at my enchiladas I made!

Ingredients for my simple tortillas:

250g plain flour

3g salt

5g baking powder

15g butter

100ml water

No yeast flatbreads in a silver serving dish

Method for easy tortillas:

Mix together the plain flour, salt and baking powder. I like to sieve this, for fine consistency, but you can skip this if you’re low on time, or lazy.

Use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour mixture.

Make a well in the centre and add the water.

Mix together well with a wooden spoon until you have a dough.

Cover this dough in a damp towel, or damp kitchen towel, and leave for 15-20 minutes. If you’re in a real hurry you CAN skip this step.

Divide the dough into small balls. I tend to make 6, or 8 at a push, from this dough, although they are smaller than the large ones you tend to find in UK supermarkets. I roll them a little thicker than the supermarket too.

Roll out your tortillas, as circular as possible, using a rolling pin.

Cook in a dry frying pan until you get lovely little brown spots appearing from the melted butter.

Keep warm under a tea towel while you fry the rest and then serve, or use in any recipes.

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What is the ideal tortilla thickness?

This really comes down to personal preference. For me I like to ensure that I am rolling out these fluffy tortillas just as thin as physically possible! As long as no holes are appearing then I know that I’m doing a great job of rolling them out thinly.

Want to make fluffy tortilla chips?

Make this recipe up and then follow my air fryer tortilla chips recipe. It is really simple, healthier than fried tortilla chips and they are absolutely delicious!

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Simple tortilla recipe

Simple, fluffy tortillas that take just minutes to prepare and cost pennies!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword bread, dough, tortillas
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 tortillas
Calories 120 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 250 g plain flour
  • 3 g salt
  • 5 g baking powder
  • 15 g butter
  • 100 ml water


  1. This is SO easy – hence the name. Mix together the plain flour, salt and baking powder. Personally, I sieve first, but you can skip this. 

  2. Then use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour. Once this is well broken up you can add the water.

  3. Mix it together with a wooden spoon until you make a dough. 

  4. Cover the dough with a damp piece of kitchen towel and leave it for 15-20 minutes.

  5. Divide the dough into small balls. I personally go for 6 or 8 pieces, as that suits the two of us. I make them a little thicker than the supermarket ones, just because I really enjoy the texture. However, if you want to make them a similar size and thickness of the ones you would buy in a supermarket then you’ll want 10 or 12 balls of dough.
  6. I tend to use a rolling pin to roll my tortillas out but if you want to save a bit of time then a tortilla press is a fantastic item. This will speed up your tortilla making and make them extra thin too. If you don’t have a rolling pin or a tortilla press you could even use a pint glass to roll the dough out.
  7. Cook the tortillas in a dry frying pan until those lovely little brown spots appear. This is where the butter has melted and means that the tortillas are ready. 

  8. Keep the first tortillas warm under a tea towel while you cook the rest of the batch. 

Nutrition Facts
Simple tortilla recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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Monday 26th of August 2019

Thanks so much! Part of the reason I started making them was for a super frugal lunch! They're delicious too x

The Reverend

Monday 11th of January 2016

Wow! Great! I will definitely be trying this out. I wonder, if you are making small tortilla, whether you could use a pasta maker to roll them out?


Monday 11th of January 2016

My gosh what a fantastic idea!! I have a pasta maker so I am going to make some with tonights dinner and give it a try! Thanks a lot :)

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