Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas (Using a tortilla press and cooker)

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I’ve been making homemade whole wheat tortillas for awhile now by hand. A friend of mine called me a couple weeks ago and said she wanted to make a lot of them for lunches and snacks and wanted to know some of my tricks for making and storing them in bulk. When she asked me this, I had to confess I only really make them for this one recipe because rolling them out is actually kind of annoying. It’s totally doable, and I did a post about it awhile back, but making them by hand takes enough time that I shy away from it.

Well then, we were asked to come to a food storage fair where we needed to bring samples for 150+ people. The recipe we made called for tortillas. Homemade ones. Using fresh ground wheat. Well, I wasn’t about to make enough for THAT many people by hand. Oh – we’ll be sharing the recipe Thursday, so you’ll just have to stay tuned for that. Anyways, that’s when I called my other friend and asked to borrow this beautiful tortilla maker from her. The magic machine FLATTENS AND COOKS the tortilla in a fraction of the time and they turn out PERFECT!

Making Tortillas Using a Tortilla Press

This is the recipe I used. I followed the directions, then instead of rolling the balls of dough out, I just flattened them in the maker and waited for them to cook. It was like watching someone ELSE do a really annoying job… Now if only I could find a way for my laundry to magically clean and fold itself.

3 cups of fresh ground whole wheat flour (fine)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup of warm water (may need a little more)
1/3 cup cooking oil (I use olive)

1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
2. Add the oil, then the water. Knead 5 minutes
3. Roll the dough out so you can easily make equal pieces
4. Let dough rest 10 minutes
5. Form into 12
6. Roll thin (spray pam to help if there are sticking or dryness problems)
7. Grill on both sides, they cook quickly (no need to grease the frying pan at all)
8. Eat! It doesn’t take long to cook.

When I asked my friend where she got her press, she said she did her research and the best place to get this one was on amazon. Check it out here

Making Tortillas By Hand

I know fancy tortilla presses aren’t in everyone’s budget, so for a full post on making these by hand, check out the post here. Here are some kitchen tools that may make making them by hand a little easier.


I use a little hand roller that helps a lot and since I use tortillas mostly in recipes where they don’t have to look perfect, I don’t feel so bad when they don’t turn out in perfect circles… (Although I’m sure I could trace some lid from a bowl and cut around it if I really cared)


My sister uses this kind of tortilla press and she says they are much faster and easier to make using this than a rolling pin.


Hope you like these!

  • Jocelyne

    Hi, I have a question: can I plastic wrapped the balls of dough and keep it in the fridge or freezer?

    • I haven’t tried that yet!? Let me know if it works

    • Gary Lopez

      Yes. I grew up on these. Only make enough dough to eat same day or refrigerated for no more than a few days.

  • Sncunning

    I ground some wheat tonight and made tortillas using this recipe. I like this recipe the best of any 100% whole wheat one that I have tried. Great flavor and easy to make using the dough hook on the mixer.
    I grind the wheat as fine as I can using an old cast iron burr mill and finish grind through the Kitchenaid burr mill for finer flour. I use an EBay cast iron press that makes nice tortillas but they might be a little thick. I may try to make thinner with a rolling pin next time.
    The only problem with my whole wheat tortillas is that they are not flexible. I’m cooking in a frying pan. Maybe too little heat? Too thick? Flour too coarse?

    • If the tortillas weren’t flexible, I’d guess they may have been cooked a little too long. I find that cooking them just slightly less then I think I should makes them more flexible. Once overcooked, they get crusty and non-flexible. Maybe thinner as well could help.

  • Dochiny Wade

    Are you satisfied with the thickness of the tortilla using the tortilla press?  I love making tortillas, but as Frieda just said, it takes FOREVER.  I looked at tortilla presses online but none of them had great reviews.  My mom-in-law got me a press for Christmas, but apparently it’s meant to this corn tortillas and doesn’t get anywhere near thin enough.  I would love a press that actually makes the tortillas thin.

    • I thought the press I used got them thin enough. If you watch the video it may show how thin they were – it’s hard with an iphone camera to get great shots…haha. And the reviews on the one we linked to all were 4 and 5 star. I was really impressed with it…. but take a quick look at the video and see if those look think enough

  • I make flour tortillas a couple of times a week and it does take about an hour to roll out and cook 19 tortillas!  Thanks for showing the video of this tortilla press; I’ll have to put it on my wish list ~ tip:  if you want to keep your tortillas soft and pliable, wrap them in a clean kitchen towel or put them in a tortilla keeper like the ones the restaurants use.  Great post!

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