Spiced Flour Tortillas (From Scratch)


Homemade flour tortillas made from scratch with fajita seasoning added

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I’ve never been one to follow traditions and social norms. I don’t have an obsession for shoes and purses and don’t see how someone can spend $200+ on something I’m going to ruin anyway. I don’t lose weight for bikini season. And as much as I love a good beer, I was never a party animal in college. So why would I make traditional flour tortillas? Even if I tried my hardest to make something traditional, I end up breaking the rules anyway. I wanted to make Homemade Spiced Flour Tortillas from scratch since I eat tortillas so much, which ties into this week’s #SundaySupper theme of new cooking adventures.

I think I buy a pack of tortillas about 2-3 times a month because they make dinner so quick and easy. Let’s see, I’ve blogged about Buffalo Chicken Dip Quesadillas, Summer Squash and Mushroom Quesadillas, Bacon Cheeseburger Tacos, and Taco Salad Bowls. You can even bake tortillas and make crispy chips to dip into Garden Salsa or Jalapeno Popper Dip.

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When I heard this week’s theme is trying something new, I wasn’t sure what to make. Cinco de Mayo is coming up in a few weeks where most people will be eating lots of Mexican cuisine, so I decided to tackle homemade tortillas. I thought making them from scratch would be a pain because they are so thin. Turns out they are ridiculously easy. There’s no yeast involved, and if you can roll out pizza dough, you can roll out tortilla dough.

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Typically you don’t add spice to the tortillas since you won’t know what you’re making with them. However, I don’t stray too far from Mexican food, so I added a little bit of Homemade Fajita Seasoning. I also used butter-flavored shortening, which is why my tortillas are more yellow than white. See? I’m a rule breaker.

The one downfall to making homemade spiced flour tortillas is you have to let the dough rest twice. Although it’s not something I could pull together for dinner after work, if you spend a few hours on a day off, you can make and even freeze tortillas to get you through the week.

Yields 8

Homemade Spiced Flour Tortillas
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2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon fajita seasoning (optional - homemade or store bought)
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup water


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and fajita seasoning. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt together the shortening and water. Remove from the heat and pour over the flour mixture. Stir until a loose ball of dough forms. Gather the dough up and remove from the bowl to a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 2-3 minutes or until the dough comes together. Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with a dish towel, and let rest for 1 hour.
  3. When done resting, divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape into balls. Cover with a towel and let rest again for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat a dry skillet. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into an 8 inch circle. When the skillet is hot, place one tortilla into the pan and cook until it browns a bit. Flip and brown the other side. When brown enough on both sides, remove from the skillet and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining dough. Let cool completely before storing.


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Source: Adapted from Juanita’s Cocina
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  1. I have a bag of yellow flour marked as `tortilla flour´ and have these on my bucket list. The yellow color makes them more interesting Carla, as do the spices. I´m stealing your fajita spice recipe, it´s fantastic, love it!

  2. I think you made a wise choice, Carla. I think your readers will love these…especially since you spiked them with fajita seasoning. Good-bye, plain old flour tortilla. I wish I didn’t love shoes as much as I do.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I love that you went outside the norm! Tortillas are popular in my home too for those nights that I need to whip up inner quick. I can’t wait to try your recipe, truly.

  4. Hey breaking the rules makes life interesting. I love the idea of spiced tortillas, there are so many combinations I want to try.

  5. I love the look of your flour tortillas, and I especially like the seasoning you added. I’ll be they are fabulous! Kudos!

  6. I love making homemade tortillas…but I have never thought about adding spices to them! Great idea!

  7. Love the recipe! I made homemade tortillas before and it’s amazingly easy and so good! Love the fajita mix you used, great idea!!

  8. Our family is obsessed with tortillas and I can’t wait to try this recipe with them. I love that you added fajita spice to your tortillas and I love that you are your own person!

  9. This looks delightfully simple. I love tortillas! Thanks for posting the recipe.

  10. They look great. This is something I have never made also. Maybe I will challenge myself soon. Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Wow. That sounds so easy and you don’t even need one of those tortilla presses!

  12. I haven’t made tortillas yet. I do like your spiced ones. I prefer flavored tortillas for wraps and think this would be great instead of the plain ones.

  13. Those look beautiful! We go through lots of tortillas here too–so I’m inspired to try making them at home!

  14. This sounds fantastic, Carla. I love that you added some spice to the tortilla. Fresh tortillas are so much better than store bought and absolutely worth the time!

  15. Looks delicious!

  16. Very cool! I’ve only made corn tortillas before, never flour. They look wonderfully chewy and thick (for tortillas) though. I will definitely have to try this!

  17. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    Your tortillas, as well as your pictures are beautiful! OK, I’m totally inspired and a going for it!!! ;-)

  18. I never knew I was supposed to roll out pizza dough. Nuts, I’ve been doing it wrong!


    Thanks for a personalized tortilla recipe–this sounds great!

  19. I love that you added spices to these! Seems like this recipe could be endlessly adapted. You could even add cinnamon and bake them up crispy for a dessert :)

  20. These look so great! Love that you didn’t just make plain tortillas.

  21. We used to be able to purchase decent flour tortillas in the grocery’s bakery, but no more. I miss them…and may have to give the homemade version a try. Yours look wonderful, Carla!

  22. I like the idea of using some seasonings in your tortilla. I’m sure it adds a great flavor.

  23. One thing I’ve always wanted to make! Love the photos carla! You always have some of the best!

  24. I thought rules were meant to be broken! They’re your tortillas and you can make them any way you damn well choose :) They look awesome

  25. Wow, love that you added fajita seasoning!! awesome! I also eat tortillas a lot so I am definitely pinning this one!

  26. The spice twist on this is great! Love it!

  27. Pshaw. Normal is for wimps. And it’s boring. And your tortillas are so pretty, I wanna eat them plain.

  28. What a great idea to add spices to your tortillas! I’m definitely doing that the next time I make them. GREAT idea!

  29. Oh these look amazing! I love that you added the spice and the butter flavor – I bet these were just mouth watering good!
    Great remake Carla. I love making my own tortillas. ;)

  30. Chris Cook says:

    Great “starter” recipe…start with the basics and add what you wish. I’m thinkin’ chipotle chili powder, finely grated lime zest, and some grated Monterey Jack cheese…this begs for cooked chicken, lettuce, diced tomatoes and avocados, and sour cream! Cali-Mex tacos, anyone? Yeah!


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