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Homemade Butter Tortillas

Easy and delicious homemade tortillas. You probably already have everything you need to make these at home!
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Resting Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: butter tortillas, tortillas
Yield: 8 Tortillas


  • cups All-Purpose Flour (298 g) I like T-65 flour in France but have also substituted whole wheat flour.
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed (57 g) Could also use lard, shortening, or vegetable oil.
  • ⅞ - 1 cup hot tap water (220 to 227 g). Start with the smaller amount and add more if necessary.


  • In a medium to large bowl, mix the salt into the flour.
  • Add the butter to the mixture. With your fingers, pinch the cubes into the flour until it disappears. This will take about five minutes.
  • Add the lesser amount of water the dough and quickly stir together. Add more water, little by little, if the dough isn't coming together.
  • Put the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead briefly, just until it comes together in a ball. If the dough is too sticky you can add more flour.
  • Put the dough in a medium bowl to rest. You can add a little bit of oil to help prevent it from sticking. Cover with a towel and let the dough rest for about 30 minutes, which makes the tortillas easier to roll out.
  • When you're ready to roll out the tortillas, start preheating a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Divide the dough into eight equal sized balls. If you're using a scale, they'll weigh about 57 g each.
  • On a lightly floured surface roll out the tortillas one at a time. They'll be about 8" in diameter.
  • Cook each tortilla in an un-greased pan for about 30 seconds on each side. When you see bubbles forming they're ready to flip. Wrap the finished tortillas in a clean towel while you cook the rest.


  • If you want to use 1 teaspoon of baking powder for a thicker tortilla you can. Add it when you're adding the salt to the flour.
  • If you don't have time to let the tortillas rest for the full 30 minutes it's okay -  resting just makes it easier to roll them out.
  • To reheat the tortillas, add a little bit of oil to a skillet and fry on each side for about 30 seconds.
  • Tortillas will keep in the refrigerator for a few days, I like to store them in a plastic bag to make sure they don't get any air and dry out.