One of my favorite things to order when I go out to eat is a crispy chicken and bacon wrap… with fries, of course. There are a few different local restaurants that have great versions, and it’s always my go-to menu selection when I’m at any of those places.
Last summer, after I found out I was pregnant I was trying to eat more vegetables, so I decided to make veggie wraps for lunch. However, when I went to the grocery store and checked out the labels on tortillas, I was seriously aghast. Most of the ingredient lists were a mile long and contained a ton of suspicious-sounding additives. I never ended up buying tortillas for the wraps, but vowed to start making my own. How hard could it be? As it turns out, not hard at all… downright easy, in fact.
I was admittedly stunned the first time I made these – I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make and how absolutely authentic the flavor and texture were – a million times better than anything I could buy in a store!
The ingredient list for making these is super short and provides a bit of wiggle room for adapting these to suit your preferences. All-purpose flour is of course the standard for flour tortillas, but you’ll see that mine are tinged a bit brown because I used white whole wheat flour in an attempt to give them a healthy boost. I also used refined coconut oil for the fat in the recipe, but a number of other things can be substituted successfully – vegetable oil, olive oil, even melted butter. You can use a food processor or stand mixer for easy mixing or do it by hand. This recipe is incredibly forgiving and a cinch to throw together.
These homemade flour tortillas have so much more flavor and an infinitely better texture than anything store-bought. They keep wonderfully in the refrigerator and freezer, and are perfect for everything from wraps and burritos to thin pizzas and homemade tortilla chips.
I’m thrilled that I no longer need to worry about that scary ingredient list on store-bought tortillas!
In a food processor with a dough blade, pulse together the flour, baking powder and salt to combine, 2 to 3 pulses. (Alternatively, you can use a large bowl and whisk together, or a stand mixer with a dough hook.)
With the machine running, slowly add the coconut oil and water until a cohesive ball of dough forms. Once the ball of dough forms, process (or knead) for 30 additional seconds. (If making by hand, use a rubber spatula to mix in the water, then knead by hand until soft and only slightly tacky.)
Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape into balls, then cover with a clean dish towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Heat a large non-stick saute pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, working with one ball of dough at a time on a clean work surface, sprinkle a small amount of flour on top of the dough, then roll into a very thin circle, 8 to 10 inches in diameter. Place the round into the dry skillet and cook for about 30 seconds per side. Since temperature can range from burner to burner, look for multiple small bubbles to form and the edges of the dough beginning to look dry, then turn over and repeat. Place the cooked tortilla on a plate and cover with a clean dish cloth to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough.
The tortillas can be kept in a zip-top plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or individually wrapped and frozen for up to 2 months. To warm, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 10 seconds.