Thick and Fluffy Flour Tortillas Recipe

Make thick and fluffy flour tortillas with this easy to follow recipe. Requires no special equipment! Enjoy restaurant style tortillas in your own home!  This post contains affiliate shopping links which help support this site.

Thick and Fluffy Flour Tortillas

Thick and Fluffy Flour Tortillas

I used to live for trips to Mexican restaurants that made thick, fresh tortillas from scratch.  I’d hardly care what I ordered, so long as I could receive a steady supply of stacks upon stacks of tortillas.

Thick, restaurant style tortillas are so very different from the thin, tasteless packaged tortillas you get in the grocery store.  That’s hardly a tortilla at all in my book.

Restaurant Style Flour Tortillas

So, years ago, I looked up a recipe for tortillas made without lard.  This was literally almost a decade ago.  I jotted down the basics of the recipe and have been working to master it ever since.  I wish I knew the original source, but, alas, it’s been lost to time.  So although I’m usually very good about citing my sources, I’ll have to let this one go.  If you happen to recognize it, let me know and I’ll give credit.  (UPDATE 1/25/2016:  A savvy reader recognized this from Homesick Texan!  Mystery solved!)

Restaurant Style Flour Tortillas

Tips for Making Tortillas

There are a few tricks that will make your tortilla efforts a lot easier.  These tips will help keep you from making all the mistakes I’ve made over the years!

  • Measure carefully.  It is far better to start with too little flour than too much, because too much flour cannot be corrected once mixed.  Too much flour equals tough, hard-to-roll-out tortillas.
  • Rest the tortillas for the full period of time suggested in the recipe.  Too little rest = too tough to roll out.
  • Let your skillet preheat for 5 minutes before cooking.  A pan that’s not hot enough will not cook the tortilla properly, leaving it pale and gummy.
  • Don’t leave the balls of dough exposed, or they will quickly begin to dry and become harder to roll out.
  • As you cook the tortillas, put the finished ones in a stack on a plate and cover loosely with a sheet of foil.  That will keep them warm and moist.  Or get yourself a handy tortilla keeper—this one is made in the USA and is BPA-free, melamine-free, and microwaveable (for reheating tortillas as needed).

Restaurant Style Flour Tortillas

Thick and Fluffy Flour Tortillas Recipe

Thick, fluffy restaurant style tortillas can be made at home with this easy recipe!
Course Bread
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 tortillas
Calories 137 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil or your preferred vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup warm milk


  1. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Drizzle with the olive oil and stir again. Add the milk and stir, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl, until dough comes together. It should be a little sticky, but not extremely sticky. If it is extremely sticky, sprinkle on a tiny bit of flour until it is just a little sticky.
  2. Knead dough for 2 minutes, then form it into a large ball. Place in a clean bowl and cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Cut the dough into 8 equal sections and roll each section into a ball. Place the dough balls back in the bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium low for 5 minutes. While you are preheating the skillet, roll out a dough ball into a round shape, as thin as you can manage without making it so thin it will tear.
  5. Place the tortilla in the skillet. Wait 30 seconds or so until the tortilla puffs up, and the side facing down has little golden brown spots. Flip it. Cook another 30 seconds or so until a few golden brown spots appear. Put on a plate and cover loosely with foil (add your cooked tortillas to this stack as you go, so they stay warm and moist until ready to serve).


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