How To Make Homemade Tortilla Shells: Just 5 Cents Each!

Homemade flour tortilla shells/burrito shells from Cheap Recipe Blog

Why oh why has it taken me so long to make my own tortilla shells at home? My friend Meredith came over today and we made a batch – and they were so good.

Besides being delicious, I think these rank as one of the cheapest foods ever.

Don’t be intimidated by this recipe. It’s quite easy. No yeast or kneading required. Just mix the dough, let it rest for 30 minutes, roll it out, and cook in a dry skillet until done.

I made my homemade tortillas/burrito shells with coconut oil, and they were delicious. See notes below for other acceptable oils.

The Cost

The tortilla shells that you buy in the store are cheap enough. About 15 to 20 cents each. But when you make them at home, they cost about 5 cents each. Plus, you’re avoiding preservatives and artificial ingredients. It’s a win-win.

Tortilla Press

If you plan on making tortilla shells often, it may be worth it to purchase a tortilla press:

Homemade flour tortilla shells

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Homemade Flour Tortillas
Yield: 12 tortillas

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Upon researching this recipe, I found that people have used a variety of different oils to make homemade tortilla shells. I used coconut oil because that's what I had available. Other recipes suggested using canola oil, vegetable oil, and even lard.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup hot water


  1. In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add oil and mix with your hand until the mixture becomes crumbly. Add water and continue to mix until the dough forms a ball - just a minute or two. Cover dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut dough into 12 even pieces (for large tortilla shells) or 24 even pieces (for smaller tortilla shells). Coat each dough ball with a bit of flour. On a clean floured surface, roll each dough ball into a flat thin round, about 8 inches (or 4 inches for small tortillas) across.
  3. Heat a dry skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla round on one side until it begins to brown and blister. Turn over and heat the other side until brown. Stack tortillas on a plate and serve warm.
  4. To reheat: If using coconut oil, these will be hard upon refrigeration. Simply place in the microwave for a few seconds, or heat briefly in a skillet before serving
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14 Responses to “How To Make Homemade Tortilla Shells: Just 5 Cents Each!”

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — February 17, 2013 @ 4:07 am

    I love homemade tortillas — what fun that you tried it with coconut oil. Yum.

    • Haley replied: — February 17th, 2013 @ 4:48 am

      I’ve heard they’re great made with lard… might have to give it a try!

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    Karen Harris — February 18, 2013 @ 2:08 am

    I love making my tortillas but they never look this pretty and round. Even though mine are often ugly, they are delish. There is just no comparison between store bought and homemade.

    • Haley replied: — February 21st, 2013 @ 4:29 am

      Thanks, Karen! I had some help rolling these out 🙂

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    Eileen — February 18, 2013 @ 3:14 am

    This sounds great! I’ve never made flour tortillas at home before–corn, yes, but flour, no. I’m looking forward to trying it out!

    • Haley replied: — February 21st, 2013 @ 4:30 am

      I typically buy corn tortillas anyway, so it would be fun to try to make them homemade!

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    Vivian — February 19, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

    Masa harina can be used as well, I believe. I hope so, as I picked up a small bag at the store. It is a fine ground corn flour, isn’t it?

    • Haley replied: — February 21st, 2013 @ 4:28 am

      Yes, I think you’re right. Although I don’t know if it would be the same recipe/amounts… let me know what you find out!

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    Ren — March 2, 2013 @ 1:57 am

    Just tried these tonight. Very easy, and tasted so much better than store bought. Used vegetable oil instead of coconut. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Haley replied: — March 3rd, 2013 @ 5:27 am

      Glad to hear you liked them! Definitely a treat if you’re used to store-bought 🙂

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    Charline Fraser — May 25, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    Hi im just wondering if I could use chickpea flour instead on plain flour .

    • Haley replied: — May 27th, 2014 @ 1:39 am

      Hey Charline – I’m so sorry, but I don’t know if chickpea flour would work. I’ve never cooked with it before. Please let me know if you find out, and if it works for you! Good luck!

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    Tracey — September 21, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    Hi there, just wanted to stop by and thank you for this awesome recipe – I have been making them regularly and my family LOVES them. Tonight we are having them with greek salad.

    • Haley replied: — September 24th, 2014 @ 3:14 am

      I am so happy to hear this! Glad the recipe has become a favorite!

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