Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas

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homemade whole wheat tortilla recipe

I love homemade tortillas. I can’t even look at the store bought ones anymore. I wanted to experiment with making them just a little bit healthier but just as awesome tasting. Mission accomplished. These whole wheat tortillas are so freakin good. And good for you too!

Whole Wheat Flour Tortilla recipe


1 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole wheat bread flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups boiling water

how to make Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas


In a large mixing bowl, combine first 3 ingredients. Add shortening and blend with the back of a spatula or by hand until the mixture is crumbly. Form a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the boiling water. Blend with a fork until combined. Knead dough until smooth and no longer sticky {add more flour if needed}. Roll dough into small balls about the size of golf balls.  Place them on a baking sheet, cover and let sit for at least an hour before cooking.

pastry wheel

Heat a frying pan or cast iron skillet over high heat. Lightly flour a surface and roll out each dough ball depending on how thick you want your tortillas {If you have major OCD like me you might want to make cut them into  semi perfect circles with a pastry wheel}. Cook for 45 seconds on each side {I sprayed my pan with Pam first}, turning if bubbles appear.

homemade whole wheat tortilla recipe

Not a fan of whole wheat tortillas? Here’s my recipe for regular Homemade Tortillas.

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  1. Two words for you… tortilla press….

  2. Rosario says:

    I recently made whole wheat kale flour tortillas since I still have so much outside. They were meant for tacos but everyone kept eating them up with a little butter that we had none for dinner. Delicious delight delovely blog has the recipe. Super yummy!

  3. What kind of shortening? Like solid Crisco? Or something else?

  4. Anyone think a pasta roller would work to roll these out with?

    • Ooh, I love that idea! I have a tortilla press and it is Not up to the job: I get 1/4″ thick pancakes no matter how hard I press. (Maybe it serves me right for starting with a cheap one.)

    • Oh, try it and keep us posted. Sounds perfect but I’ve never used one for that!

  5. I don’t like using shortening at all, will there be a problem with using lard instead of the shortening?

  6. I just read that only corn tortillas use a press. The flour tortillas use a rolling pin.

  7. Cathy Strasser says:

    Great blog!

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