How to make homemade tortillas for fajitas, tacos and burritos (recipe and tricks)

The wheat tortillas They are a great invention. Originally from the border area between the United States and Mexico, they are one of the tex-mex gastronomy icons and have become famous all over the world.

They are easy to prepare and you can fill them with countless ingredients: meats such as beef, pork or chicken; greens and vegetables such as peppers, onions and tomatoes; fish and shellfish such as tuna, shrimp or crab; creams like guacamole or hummus; cheeses, sausages, lettuce, legumes, rice, quinoa, couscous… they go well with everything!

It is true that today you can find a wide variety of tortillas in the supermarket, wheat flour, corn or made with a mixture of both. But What if you learn to make them at home? Here is an easy recipe, with ingredients that you surely have in your pantry.

The easiest recipe to make homemade wheat tortillas for fajitas

Wheat tortillas for fajitas

For 12 units

Ingredients

  • 250 grams of all-purpose wheat flour
  • 125 milliliters of water
  • 50 milliliters of olive oil
  • 6 grams of salt
  • 2 grams of yeast

Step by Step

  1. Mix the ingredients

    Make a volcano with the flour and pour the other ingredients inside. Knead until they have been integrated and you obtain a homogeneous mass that detaches from the hands. Keep in mind that the amount of water is indicative, it depends on what the flour admits.

  2. Let stand

    Put the dough in a bowl, cover it with a clean cloth and let it rest for about 30 minutes, so that the yeast can act.

  3. Shape the tortillas

    Cut the dough into 12 equal portions. You can cut it in half, each half in half, and so on until you get 12 equal pieces. Then, shape them into a ball by rolling them between the palms of your hand. Flatten each tortilla with the rolling pin, on a floured surface or on baking paper.

  4. cook the tortillas

    Cook the tortillas, one at a time, in a frying pan lightly brushed with olive oil, on both sides, until they are lightly toasted. Go stacking the tortillas on a plate and cover them with a cloth so they don’t dry out. Fill them to your liking and enjoy!

Can the tortillas be prepared in advance?

Yes, of course you can. As the ideal is that they are hot when you are going to consume them, if you want to have them done before you can freeze them. What is important is that you separate them from each other so they don’t get stuck when frozen, then it would be mission impossible to separate them.

To do this, you must put a piece of parchment paper between one tortilla and another and then freeze them in special freezer bags, in packages of 8, 10, 12… units. The ones you normally need for once, so you don’t defrost more than necessary (once defrosted, you must consume them, you can’t refreeze them).

The trick to get perfect tortillas

Surely, the hardest step to prepare your own wheat tortillas for fajitas, tacos and burritos is to give them a round shape and make them very finite.

well you should know that there is a special device to do that step in an easy and fast way. Is a tortilla makera press (there are cast iron, aluminum and even wooden) in which the ball of dough is placed and when the lever is lowered, it presses it, turning it into a perfect tortilla of the ideal thickness.

We show you a selection of tortilla makers of various prices and materials:

cast iron

Fajita tortilla maker
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omelette

  • Material: Cast Iron
  • Measurements: available in 25, 20 and 16 centimeters in diameter
  • Price: €39.99, €32.99 and €29.99

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Of aluminum

Amazon Aluminum Tortilla Maker
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KitchenCraft

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Measurements: 20 centimeters in diameter
  • Price: €23.74

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Of wood

Amazon wooden tortilla
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