Whole wheat tortillas

We were given an electric tortilla press as a wedding present a few years back, and we tried to make whole wheat tortillas a few times, but they were always a disaster. Fast-forward a few years and thanks to a house guest discovering it in a cupboard, I decided to give it another go. This time, I did more research. It turns out that in the intervening couple of years, someone had posted a handy tutorial online—using the same tortilla press and whole wheat flour. This time, they turned out wonderfully. I’m not sure if it’s because we now have a stand mixer to knead the dough, or if I just didn’t have the right recipe before, but whatever—it works! It’s super easy, they are delicious and *much* cheaper to make than to buy. The best thing is that they don’t have a bunch of junk in them like many of the store-bought ones do.

It takes 10-15 mins to get the dough ready and then only about 5-6 mins to make a batch of 18 tortillas. We have been saving the parchment paper that separates the store-bought tortillas, so I used that between the tortillas when stacking them. After they had cooled, I slipped them into a zip-lock bag and popped them in the freezer.

We use these for all kinds of things—snack/lunchtime wraps, quesadillas, pizza bases, calzones.

Tortilla 450x600 Whole wheat tortillas


  • 6 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 2 1/2 cups+ of warm water
  • 2/3 cup olive oil


  1. Pre-heat tortilla press.
  2. Add all dry ingredients to stand mixer bowl.
  3. Add the oil, then the water, adding enough water so that the dough is neither dry nor sticky. It should feel like good play dough!
  4. Knead in mixer for 5 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 18 balls.
  6. Flatten a ball slightly, then place it in the middle of the tortilla press, towards the hinge.
  7. Press for a couple of seconds, release, repeat.
  8. Turn the tortilla 90 degrees, press, release, press.
  9. Turn the tortilla 90 degrees, press, release, press.
  10. Turn the tortilla 90 degrees, press, release, press.
  11. Remove tortilla and stack, separated by parchment paper.

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