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Homemade Vegan Tortillas

Homemade Vegan Tortillas


Tortillas seemed to be one of those things that’s best left to the experts. But the truth is, tortillas really are easy to make and totally worth the effort. Now that I know what the good stuff tastes like, I’m going to have a hard time eating the store-bought kind. I see very toned arms in my future! Here’s the recipe, adapted from Mary’s Test Kitchen.

Homemade Tortillas

3 Cups flour
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
6 tablespoons oil (canola works best here)
1 1/2 cups water (give or take)


1. Mix dry ingredients in bowl. Add oil and water. With hands, rapidly mix dough together until it becomes stiff. If necessary, add water to mixture.
2. Knead dough until it elastic and smooth. Set dough aside for 5-10 minutes for easier rolling. You can either wrap it in plastic or set it in a greased bowl with a damp cloth covering it.
3. Divide dough into 12 equal parts, and form each piece into a ball. Using a rolling pin, roll out each piece until it’s very thin.
4. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. When it’s hot, place a rolled-out piece and cook on each side for 1-2 minutes. When it turns from opaque to white, you’ll know it’s done!

Suggestions for using your homemade tortillas:
Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas
Vegetarian Burritos
Zesty Zucchini Quesadillas
Tortilla Soup
Tortilla Pizza Margherita

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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3:29PM PST on Dec 25, 2014

Thanks to all for your comments and to Katie Waldeck for the recipe. I think I have learned a lot here. I am surprised that baking soda rather than baking powder is used in this recipe. Going to make Katie's recipe right now. Next time I am making them the way you described, Kathy J. Looking forward to it!

3:19AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Thank you :)

1:14PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Love tortillas,must try the recipe.Thanks for sharing

7:52PM PST on Jan 18, 2013

With all due respect not one of the 67 comments left is from someone who has actually tried this recipe. I have, and unfortunately these are simply not good. They aren't pliable, and they don't taste quite right. They were salty and didn't work no matter how thin they were rolled. Upon further research I've found it not to be common practice to add sugar, baking soda, or salt to a tortilla recipe. Basic flour, water, and oil seem to work much better. Sorry, but I'm going to stick to my good old basic 3 ingredient recipe.

4:22PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

7:00PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

thanks for this recipe

5:12AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

I have t try those corn torts Kathy P. listed above!! Flour torts tend to stick to my dental work, yuk!

2:03PM PST on Feb 2, 2012


1:56PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Thanks for the recipe! I just made these and they turned out quite well. I used wholewheat flour and quite a bit less water. I think I could have used a little less baking soda too, but for my first attempt at making tortillas I think it turned out pretty well! I made some of them into enchiladas and have cut up the extras to turn into tortilla chips :)

Thanks also to Kathy P. for the corn tortilla recipe! It's kind of hard to find corn masa in the UK, but next time I come across some I'll definitely give those a try as well!

8:15AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

I was married to a hispanic for 2 years and if you are interested here is the recipe most mexicans use... 2 cups corn masa, 1 cup flour, water to make dough (depends on how light you want your tortillas) flatten then with a tortilla flattener (found at any mexican store and big stores like walmart or online) I cut produce bags into circles so the tortillas dont stick to the flattener. one on top, one on bottom. regular plastic bags don't work as well as the produce ones. Then you cook them on a nonstick tortilla pan... if you get the good kind that you dont have to spray they are $10 to $20, but it's a one time cost. The recipe in the article is very Americanized... and are flour tortillas rather than corn ones. Whatever you prefer and hope you enjoy!

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