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Homemade Butter Tortilla Recipe

Homemade Butter Tortillas

This homemade butter tortilla recipe is simple and delicious. Use it for tacos, quesadillas, or whaever you want. You probably already have all of the ingredients you need at home!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 tortillas


  • 2 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour, plus additional for rolling out the tortillas (298g)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup butter (57g)
  • 7/8 to 1 cup hot tap water (200 to 227g)


  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
    Step 1
  • Chop the butter into small cubes and add it into the bowl. Use your fingers to work he butter into the flour until it disappears. This will take about five minutes.
    Step 2
  • Start with the smaller amount of hot water and pour it in. Quickly stir the mixture together with a fork or whisk to bring the dough together. It'll look a little messy but that's okay. Use additional water if needed to bring the dough together.
  • Put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly, just until the dough forms a ball. If the dough is very sticky, add a little bit more flour. Allow the dough to rest, covered, for about 30 minutes. You can add a bit of olive oil to the dough to prevent it from sticking if you'd like. After the dough has rested, preheat an ungreased cast iron griddle or skillet over medium high heat.
  • Divide the dough into eight balls. Working with one dough ball at a time, roll into a round about 8 inches in diameter. Some of ours came out as rectangles - it's fine. Get them as thin as you possibly can.
    Step 6
  • Fry the tortilla in the ungreased pan for about 30 seconds on each side - just until small brown spots begin to form. Wrap the tortilla in a clean cloth when it comes off the skillet. Repeat with remaining dough balls.
    Step 7


  • If you want to add in a teaspoon of baking powder you can, add it in step one. 
  • If you don't have time to let the tortillas rest it's fine, it just helps them to roll out easier. Likewise, if you go over 30 minutes for resting it's okay too. The dough is pretty forgiving.
  • Add more flour if you add too much water to the dough. 
  • Don't worry if you don't have a rolling pin. You can get creative - we used a bottle of Champagne the first time we made these.
  • Let leftovers cool completely and put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Reheat them in an ungreased skillet. 
Keyword butter tortillas, mexican food, tortillas