It seems homemade whole wheat tortillas are not quite as easy to make as most search results would have you believe. It is going to take a lot of practice to get your tortillas to be nice and round, so for this post, we’re going to learn together. I will share what I learned along the way and hopefully offer some tips that will help you make a round tortilla.
Make a Round Tortilla
First, mix your flour, salt, and oil together. This is an easy step. Your dough will be crumbly. Next, heat up the water in the microwave. I heated it up for a minute.
Mix the water into the dough for a few minutes until it is smooth. Roll the dough into 12 balls. Cover them and let them rest about half an hour.
Now, comes the tricky parts. Heat a pan over medium high heat. When heated, reduce the heat to medium or a little lower. I found that my pan was still just too hot when I started on high and reduced to medium, so medium high heat should be a good starting point.
Next, take two sheets of wax paper or parchment paper. Lay one down and lightly flour it. Place one of the dough balls on the paper. Flatten it slightly with your hand first so it looks like a cookie. Place the second paper on top and roll it out with a rolling pin. You will need to work every area of the dough to keep it even and rounded.
The hardest part is moving the dough from the wax paper to the pan without it becoming misshapen. This will happen if your dough is too thin. You also don’t want it too thick either. If your dough sticks to the paper, add more flour.
We’re back to an easy part now. Heat the tortilla until bubbles begin to form. Take a spatula and flip it over. Cook another 30 seconds to a minute and transfer it to a plate.
- 2½ cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
- Mix flour, salt and oil together until crumbly.
- Add warm water and stir until smooth.
- Divide dough into 12 balls. Cover and let sit 30 minutes.
- Heat a pan over medium high heat. When heated, reduce heat to medium or medium low heat.
- Flatten dough ball slightly then roll out into tortilla.
- Place in pan and cook until bubbles begin to form, about 2-3 minutes.
- Flip and cook an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Repeat until all tortillas are done.
You will notice that my first batch of tortillas are not round. Hopefully, the second batch will turn out better.
Bonus: tortilla chips! Cut your less than perfectly round tortillas and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 12 minutes and enjoy!