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Homemade Wheat Tortillas

Have you ever been to a really awesome Mexican restaurant where they are making fresh tortillas right there in front of everyone? Living in San Diego there are more than a few of these tasty places and I cannot get enough of them!

There are a couple in Old Town San Diego where they are actually set up making them right off the side of the sidewalk. You can walk up and buy a stack of 4 fresh tortillas for about $1-$2. I can’t quite remember. But it is a fun treat to buy.

Well the last couple weeks I have been dreaming about fresh tortillas. I bought one of those big packs at Costco and maybe it’s my pregnant taste buds but they just didn’t taste that spectacular. So I set off to make my own for the first time.

Homemade Wheat Tortillas - penniesintopearls.com - Easy recipe to make delicious homemade wheat tortillas. You won't ever want to buy tortillas again!

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Wheat Tortillas
I ended up making homemade wheat tortillas to keep things a little healthier. They turned out pretty good!

Keep in mind that since this recipe calls for wheat flour the tortillas are a little heavier than a traditional white flour tortilla but still way better than a store bought bag.

You can freeze them
I decided to make a double batch and freeze half of them. This way I can have some on hand for the next few weeks. We eat things like breakfast burritos and quesadillas all the time so I know we will eat them pretty quick!

How to Make Homemade Wheat Tortillas

Ingredients
1 ½ cups wheat flour
1 ½ cups white flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup warm water

In a large mixing bowl whisk together your flours, salt, and baking powder.

Make a well in the center of the flour and pour in your oil. Using your hands, slowly start incorporating the two together by pulling the flour over the oil and mixing it in.

Homemade Wheat Tortillas - penniesintopearls.com - Easy recipe to make delicious homemade wheat tortillas. You won't ever want to buy tortillas again!

Keep repeating this motion until your mixture starts to form pea size balls of dough. Make another well in the center of the bowl.

Homemade Wheat Tortillas - penniesintopearls.com - Easy recipe to make delicious homemade wheat tortillas. You won't ever want to buy tortillas again!

Pour in your warm water. Again, using the same motion of pulling the flour over the water start mixing the water and flour together using your hands.

Once a ball of dough starts to form you can begin to knead the dough and continue for about 3 minutes.

Homemade Wheat Tortillas - penniesintopearls.com - Easy recipe to make delicious homemade wheat tortillas. You won't ever want to buy tortillas again!

Cover and let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.

Preheat your pan or griddle to medium high. I used a griddle and had it set to 375 degrees F.

Break off small pieces of dough and roll into 2” size balls. For a larger burrito sized tortilla you might want to double this size.

Homemade Wheat Tortillas - penniesintopearls.com - Easy recipe to make delicious homemade wheat tortillas. You won't ever want to buy tortillas again!

Flour your working surface. Using a rolling pin or one of these cool tortilla presses (affiliate link) flatten out the ball as thin as you can get it. We are talking paper thin here, or maybe more like cardstock thin.

Homemade Wheat Tortillas - penniesintopearls.com - Easy recipe to make delicious homemade wheat tortillas. You won't ever want to buy tortillas again!

When placing the rolled out dough on top of each other make sure there is enough flour between sheets so they don’t stick to each other.

Put them on your pan and let cook for about 2 minutes on the first side and 30 seconds on the other side.

Homemade Wheat Tortillas - penniesintopearls.com - Easy recipe to make delicious homemade wheat tortillas. You won't ever want to buy tortillas again!

How did yours turn out? I bet you are never going to buy tortillas again! 

Homemade Wheat Tortillas - penniesintopearls.com - Easy recipe to make delicious homemade wheat tortillas. You won't ever want to buy tortillas again!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Lydia @ Thrifty Frugal Mom
    September 10, 2015 at 5:32 am

    You are kind of convincing me to try making my own soon! Back soon after we were first married 9 years ago, I tried making some and they were a total flop. It kind of discouraged me and I haven’t tried since! I don’t really see myself ever being the type of person who makes them regularly, but I would like to be able to do it for meals where we use the tortillas as part of the main dish (like rice and bean wraps etc.).

    One question….do you know if they store well? Like, if I have leftovers, will they stay fresh or a couple of days? Or will I need to freeze them?

    • Reply
      Brittany Cooper
      September 11, 2015 at 6:56 am

      The recipe make quiet a few so I put my extras in a ziplock bag and put them in the freezer. They kept well in there for a few weeks actually. Not as tasty as fresh off the grill but still good. And the ones I didn’t freeze I did keep in the fridge for one week and they tasted great! Let me know how yours turn out!

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