Home-Made Corn and Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla

Home-Made Corn and Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla Recipe

Tortillas are the foundation upon which many delicious Mexican dishes are made. They are readily available at any supermarket, and I bet many home cooks never consider making them from scratch when preparing burritos, enchiladas and the like. That's unfortunate, since the ingredients and process of making tortillas are both incredibly simple.

If you are fortunate enough to have a specialty Mexican market nearby as we do, you can purchase the masa dough freshly made and ready to press or roll out. But this time I wanted to make a healthier version using whole wheat flour. The texture of the tortilla looks very similar to paratha, or Indian flat bread, but the rolling part is much easier, especially if you have a tortilla dough press. The tortilla comes out perfectly each time in a nice round disk.

Tortilla Press picture


Yields: 16 mini tortillas

2 cups masa harina (corn masa flour)
1 cup bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon sea salt (or regular salt)
1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups water, as needed
1-1/2 tablespoons shortening, cold


Heat the water. Using a thermometer, the temperature should be between 105°F to 120°F. Lightly oil the bowl of your food processor with a silicone brush. Combine all the flours, baking soda, cream of tartar, shortening, salt. Add the warm water gradually until the tortilla dough is formed and when the dough doesn't stick to the sides of the mixer bowl. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled large bowl, add the oil and knead the dough for several minutes as you would for pizza dough. Cover with a towel, place the bowl in a warm area and let it stand for 30 minutes. The dough should be soft, smooth and  slightly sticky. Make 16 small dough balls (about 1 ounce each) and place one dough ball in the tortilla press, (see tips), one ball at a time.

In a hot, un-greased cast-iron skillet, place the tortillas, one at a time. Cook each side for about 1 minute. The tortilla should be warm, soft and flexible. Repeat with the remaining dough rounds.

You can fill and eat the tortilla immediately. If not, you can re-heat each tortilla in a skillet for about 20 to 30 seconds on each side when ready to eat.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's recipe, when I put the fresh tortillas to good use.

Home-made tortilla recipe


I used bread flour for its higher gluten level. I use King Arthur bread flour.

Place a piece of plastic wrap (or parchment paper) in between each dough round before pressing so the dough doesn't stick to the tortilla press. I use the same procedure when rolling dough for tarts.

Using a tortilla press always gets a nice flat disk and I think they look more authentic with the ragged edges. If you don't own a tortilla dough press, you can always use a rolling pin.

I made about 5-inch diameter tortillas. I like to make miniature foods so people can come back for seconds., if they want them. There's also less waste, and there's something fun about bite-size portions. Just today, I served my mini-chocolate lava cake to my cousin-in-law, who's visiting from Ohio. At first, he was hesitant but after tasting one, he had a second .

Be sure the water is warm, not boiling. It's the same procedure as making pizza dough.

How to make Whole Wheat Tortilla

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on October 15, 2009.


These look incredible! I'd love to make something like this.

Jessica @ How Sweet It Is Website Link
[ Posted at 5:24 AM on 10/15/09 | Reply ]
These are wonderful! I've always preferred corn tortillas but like the pliability of flour ones - your recipe sounds like a perfect combination. Now I wish I had a tortilla press! You've presented some incredible mini-foods throughout this blog and I will keep it mind as the holidays approach and we have more guests.

Tangled Noodle Website Link
[ Posted at 5:35 AM on 10/15/09 | Reply ]
Hmm, your tortilla recipe is interesting! It's a combination of corn and flour tortillas in one; it's not just a flour tortilla. I've never heard of that.

I no longer buy flour tortillas because they are so easy to make, as you stated. Your tortillas look perfect. I may have to try this method out.

Memoria Website Link
[ Posted at 6:09 AM on 10/15/09 | Reply ]
[-] Chocolate Chip Trips - Guest-msmeanie
Those look great! I have tried making whole wheat tortillas before and they just never came out well. Maybe the mix of the whole wheat and bread flour is the key. Thanks for the recipe!

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[ Posted at 9:25 AM on 10/15/09 | Reply ]
[-] Tortillas - Guest-LeaAnn
Boy, I would really really like to learn how to make these. I just might have to get the presser and give it a try. Thanks for the post. I'll save the recipe and post ... just in case. :-)

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[ Posted at 2:27 PM on 10/15/09 | Reply ]
[-] Foodie with L ittle Thyme! - Guest-cassie
Beautiful. I bet your house smells wonderful too!

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[ Posted at 7:35 PM on 10/15/09 | Reply ]
[-] love the homemade - Guest-OysterCulture
when I was in Mexico we made homemade corn tortillas, from corn meal that was freshly ground - oh my, how can I ever go back to store bought again, the difference was amazing. I'll have to keep an eye out for the dough as I admit I probably over looked it, what a great idea.

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[ Posted at 9:23 AM on 10/16/09 | Reply ]
[-] Home-made tortillas - Guest-CarolynJung
When I was still a food writer at the Mercury News, one of the best treats ever was when my colleague Stacey would bring in her freshly made tortillas for photo shoots. Of course, we got to eat them afterward. Even plain, they were hands down the best tortillas ever.

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[ Posted at 9:27 AM on 10/16/09 | Reply ]
[-] Yum! - Guest-AmandaFormaro
i love corn tortillas and these look fabulous!

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[ Posted at 11:41 AM on 10/17/09 | Reply ]
Thanks for the tip with using plastic wrap on the tortilla press! (I don't have a press, but when I use that plastic wrap it sure cuts down on the frustration of "sticking flour"!
[ Posted at 4:38 PM on 5/12/12 | Reply ]
i am living iran. could you please tell me how i can buy 1 picws this mashin bread maker special?
[ Posted at 12:38 PM on 6/4/14 | Reply ]

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