Easy Sourdough Tortillas Recipe (Made Two Ways!) (2024)

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All you need are 5 simple ingredients to make this Easy Sourdough Tortillas recipe. Homemade flour tortillas are soft and tender and can be made quickly with sourdough discard, or with all the gut-healthy benefits from an active starter and a long fermentation. Sourdough Tortillas are a must for your next Taco Tuesday.

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Recently, I shared my recipe for sourdough cornbread. Not only was I floored by how simple this recipe was to make, but also by how flavorful it was. It made me wonder why I had been buying boxed cornbread all of these years. Well, no more!

The wonder continued. What other store-bought items have I been unnecessarily buying?

Since then, I’ve replaced store-bought bread with these delicious, from-scratch recipes like soft sourdough sandwich bread, pull-apart dinner rolls, and sourdough flatbread.

Then came taco night. Just as I was about the pull out the bagged tortillas, I thought to myself, I can make this from scratch.

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After that first bite of my taco, again I wondered, “Why have I been buying tortillas from the store?”

Fried in a cast iron pan until covered with golden brown blisters, sourdough tortillas are soft, tender, and so flavorful! Perfect for all of your favorite south-of-the-border recipes. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas never have tasted quite as good, until now.

Sourdough Tortillas can be made in two different ways – either with an active sourdough starter or with sourdough discard.

Fermenting the sourdough tortilla dough overnight will give you the gut-healthy benefits of sourdough, plus the classic tang flavor. Making sourdough tortillas with discard will give you fresh and tasty tortillas quickly.

Both are delicious and are sure to elevate the flavor for your next taco Tuesday.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

Better than store-bought:

Store-bought tortillas pale in comparison to homemade sourdough tortillas, both in flavor and texture. Once I made this recipe, I kept wondering why it took me so long to make them from scratch.

Customizable:

One perk about making homemade sourdough tortillas is you can make them whatever size you need. This recipe makes 16 taco-sized sourdough tortillas and 8 burrito-sized sourdough tortillas.

Quick and easy:

Sourdough tortillas cook for about 30 seconds on each side in a hot cast iron pan. The longest part of this recipe is just waiting for the dough to rest. To make the cooking process even faster, heat up multiple hot pans and cook a couple of tortillas at the same time.

Healthy:

Not only are these sourdough tortillas tasty, but they are healthy for your gut, as well! Choosing a long fermentation process allows the wild yeast in an active sourdough starter to break down the phytic acid. This fermentation makes these tasty tortillas easier for you to digest than store-bought.

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Ingredients

Flour – All-purpose flour makes soft and tender sourdough tortillas, but you could easily experiment with whole wheat or einkorn flour. You may need to add additional water.

Water, warm – Be sure the water isn’t too hot or boiling. This can kill the sourdough starter.

Salt – To elevate the flavor of the tortillas.

Unsalted Butter – Butter adds flavor and keeps the tortillas soft and chewy. Olive oil or coconut oil are excellent substitutions.

Sourdough Starter: You can use either an active sourdough starter or an unfed sourdough starter for this recipe.

Supplies

Stand Mixer (optional)

Mixing Bowl

Rolling Pin

Cast Iron Skillet

How to Make Sourdough Tortillas

Make the dough

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add white flour, warm water, melted butter, salt, and sourdough starter or sourdough discard.

Mix on low with a dough hook attachment for 5 minutes.

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Rest

If you are making the long-fermented version:

Place the tortilla dough in a greased bowl and cover for 12-24 hours.

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If you are making the quick version:

Leave the dough in the bowl and allow it to rest for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2-4 hrs. This relaxes the gluten so that we can roll them into tortillas.

Shape

After resting, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured work surface.

Using a bench scraper or sharp knife, cut the dough into 16 equal pieces for taco-sized tortillas or 8 burrito-sized tortillas.

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Rolls the triangle pieces into round dough balls. They don’t need to be perfectly uniform.

Heat one or multiple cast iron pans to medium-high heat. You want the pan to be piping hot before cooking your sourdough tortillas.

Dust the countertop with a little bit of flour and roll out the dough until is it thin, almost translucent. It doesn’t have to be a perfectly round tortilla, it will still be just as tasty!

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If you have a tortilla press, feel free to use it, but I don’t find it necessary to make this sourdough tortilla recipe.

A quick tip: If the soft dough is retracting when you are rolling it out, the gluten needs to rest for additional time.

Once the pan is hot, fry the first side of the tortilla for about 30 seconds to a minute. The dough will start to bubble and rise.

Flip to the other side and cook for an additional 30 seconds to a minute or until golden brown.

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Remove the tortilla and place it on a tea towel to keep it warm.

Continue to stack the cooked tortillas as the steam helps to keep the tortillas soft and chewy.

Serve immediately!

How to Serve

Homemade tortillas will surely elevate your next taco night! They are chewy, tender, and full of flavor. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas will be brought to another level with these sourdough tortillas.

Other favorite ways of enjoying sourdough discard tortillas are slathering it with peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a quick snack or topping them with slice meat, cheese, and lettuce for an easy lunch.

Sourdough tortillas are also excellent individual pizza crusts! After a busy day, simply plop out these tortillas, top them with your favorite sauce, plenty of cheese, and favorite toppings, and you have yourself a quick and delicious meal.

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How to Store

Sourdough tortillas kept at room temperature will say fresh for 2-3 days. Place them in a plastic bag on the countertop. Or store them in the fridge in an airtight container for a week.

These tortillas also freeze well! Place a piece of parchment paper in between each tortilla so they don’t stick together. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw on the countertop until back to room temperature.

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FAQs:

What kind of starter do you use to make sourdough tortillas?

Sourdough tortillas can be made with an active sourdough starter or sourdough discard. Ferment the dough overnight for all the gut-healthy benefits, or make with discard for a quick and delicious sourdough tortilla recipe.

How to make sourdough tortillas with a tortilla press?

I don’t find it necessary to have a tortilla press in order to make sourdough tortillas. Sprinkle a little bit of flour on your work surface and roll out the dough until thin.

Why do my homemade tortillas come out hard?

If your sourdough tortilla is more crunchy than chewy, you are cooking them for too long. These tortillas cook up quickly. Fry the tortillas for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side.

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Happy frying!

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Easy Sourdough Tortillas Recipe (Made Two Ways!)

Yield: 16 tortillas

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

All you need are 5 simple ingredients to make this Easy Sourdough Tortillas recipe. Homemade flour tortillas are soft and tender and can be made quickly with sourdough discard, or with all the gut-healthy benefits from an active starter and a long fermentation. Sourdough Tortillas are a must for your next Taco Tuesday.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (400g)
  • 3/4 cup warm water (180ml)
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (7g)
  • 1/2 cup active sourdough starter (140g) or 1 cup of sourdough discard (280g)

Instructions

Make the Dough

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add white flour, warm water, melted butter, salt, and sourdough starter or sourdough discard.

Mix on low with a dough hook attachment for 5 minutes.

Rest

If you are making the long-fermented version:

Place the tortilla dough in a greased bowl and cover for 12-24 hours at room temperature.

If you are making the quick version:

Leave the dough in the bowl to rest for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2-4 hrs. Cover with a damp tea towel. This relaxes the gluten so that we can roll them into tortillas.

Shape

After resting, remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured work surface.

Using a bench scraper or sharp knife, cut the dough into 16 equal pieces for taco-sized tortillas or 8 burrito-sized tortillas.

Rolls the triangle pieces into round dough balls. They do not need to be perfectly uniform.

Heat one or multiple cast iron pans to medium-high heat. You want the pan to be piping hot before cooking the sourdough tortillas,

Dust the countertop with flour and roll out the dough until thin, almost translucent. It doesn't have to be a perfectly round tortilla. It will still be just as tasty!

If you have a tortilla press, feel free to use it, but I don't find it necessary to make this sourdough tortilla recipe.

A quick tip: If the soft dough is retracting when you're rolling it out, the gluten needs to rest for additional time.

Once the pan is hot, fry the first side of the tortilla for about 30 seconds to a minute. The dough will start to bubble and rise.

Flip to the other side and cook for an additional 30 seconds to a minute or until golden brown.

Remove the tortilla and place it on a tea towel to keep it warm.

Continue to stack the cooked tortillas as the steam helps to keep the tortillas soft and chewy.

Serve immediately!

Notes

  • You can use an active sourdough starter or unfed sourdough starter (sourdough discard) for this sourdough tortilla recipe.
  • If you do not have a stand mixer, knead the dough by hand for 5 minutes.
  • You do not need to grease the cast iron before cooking the sourdough tortillas.
  • If your sourdough tortilla is more crunchy than chewy, you are cooking them for too long. Fry the tortillas for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side.

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