Sourdough Tortillas Recipe

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This simple and easy sourdough tortillas recipe lets you enjoy the benefits of properly prepared grains in a delicious tortilla.

Sourdough tortillas recipe

Sourdough tortillas recipe

This sourdough tortillas recipe makes the best sourdough tortillas made with 100% whole grains. Learn how to make a Nourishing Traditions sourdough starter here, and get my sourdough dinner rolls recipe here.

I love being to enjoy all of my favorite baked goods in sourdough form. Fermenting flour with a sourdough starter unlocks the nutrients of whole grains, and makes them easier to digest (source).

This is a simple, easy sourdough tortilla recipe that we love to use to make taco shells, burritos, quesadillas, and more. You can even cut these whole wheat sourdough tortillas into chip sizes, toast them in the oven, and make sourdough tortilla chips. 

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Tortilla recipe

There is something magical about tortillas, isn’t there? You cook an average meal and the entire family is less than excited. Then, for some reason, you pull out a pile of homemade tortillas and everyone gets excited. 

That’s exactly why I love this sourdough tortilla recipe. 

My family loves it, and it’s jam packed with nutrients that your body needs to thrive. 

Ready to learn how to make your own sourdough tortillas from scratch? Keep reading to learn how…

Tips for success

For the novice tortilla maker, it can seem a little overwhelming to make an entire batch of tortillas from scratch. After all, if you didn’t grow up making tortillas, how can you really know how to make your own?

Through a lot of trial and error, here are a few tips and tricks that I discovered from making this sourdough tortilla recipe:

  • You might wonder, do I need an active sourdough starter? These sourdough tortillas are one of my favorite sourdough discard recipes, along with sourdough pancakes. You can make them with live, active starter, or extra sourdough starter discard that has been in the fridge for a bit. 
  • You can use a variety of different whole grain flours for sourdough tortillas, but hard red wheat is my favorite. This is a stronger flour that makes for sturdier, easily foldable tortillas. 
  • When mixing the dough, look for a consistency that is sticky, but not so wet that it is messy to work with. Add flour gradually while mixing to get to the right amount. 
  • My favorite fat for making these tortillas is lard or bacon grease. Lard is the traditional choice for making homemade tortillas, as people have been making them for centuries. Tallow is also a good choice, and coconut oil will also work if you don’t have access to the other fats. 

Ready to make your own deliciously nutritious sourdough tortillas recipe? Keep reading for the recipe…

Sourdough tortilla recipe

How to make sourdough tortillas directions

Are you ready to make your own sourdough tortillas? 

Not only is it a lot of fun (the dough is like play doh) but these tortillas taste amazing. 

Here are the ingredients and instructions to make your own sourdough tortillas…

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sourdough starter, water, melted fat, and salt.
  2. Begin adding flour a little at a time while mixing. Stop when dough is a sticky consistency, but not so wet that it’s messy and hard to work with. 
  3. Knead dough in the bowl or on a floured surface for several minutes. 
  4. Cover bowl of dough and put in a warm place to ferment for 7 – 24 hours. 
  5. When ready to cook, divide dough into 8 equal portions.
  6. Roll out each piece of dough on floured work surface until it is the thickness you want.
  7. Cook tortillas one at a time in a hot cast iron skillet over medium high heat for about 15-30 seconds on each side. Look for bubbles to start to form and the tortilla to start to firm up.
  8. Serve warm or cooled. 

How to make sourdough tortillas

What type of starter should you use in making sourdough tortillas?

As a mom with a lot of young kids, I like to keep the food that I serve my family as simple as possible. That includes the type of sourdough starter that I use for this tortilla recipe. 

My personal favorite sourdough starter recipe can be found here and is from the Nourishing Traditions recipe book. It’s simple and makes some of my favorite meals!

How to make tortillas chips with leftover flour tortillas 

To make chips from leftover tortillas, preheat your oven to 400ºF. Brush the tortillas with melted fat, such as lard, bacon grease, tallow, or coconut oil. Use a pizza cutter to cut tortillas into chip wedge shapes

Sprinkle chips with salt or other seasonings, if desired. Some delicious options are herbs, paprika, garlic, and shredded cheese. Bake in oven until crisp, around 8-12 minutes. 

Storing sourdough tortillas

Sourdough tortillas are great to make in bigger batches and have on hand for quick meals. Here is everything you need to know about how to store them. 

How long do sourdough tortillas keep?

Sourdough tortillas will keep on the counter for around 3-5 days. Because of the sourdough, they stay fresh longer at room temp than non sourdough baked goods. 

In the freezer, sourdough tortillas will keep for about 6 months.

Can you freeze sourdough tortilla dough?

Yes! The dough can be frozen and taken out to thaw before you’re ready to cook. I recommend freezing the dough after it has been allowed to ferment at room temperature.

Can you freeze cooked tortillas?

Cooked sourdough tortillas freeze beautifully. Let them cool completely first. Store them in a bag with parchment paper in between each tortilla. 

When you’re ready to use them, let them thaw at room temp. Use them as is, or gently warmed. 

How to roll tortillas

For this tortilla recipe, it is important to remember to keep them as thin as possible, while still maintaining its shape. This will help the dough cook evenly and still be able to hold whatever food you choose to place inside. 

To achieve this shape, I prefer to use a rolling pin- but I have been known to use a cup or glass bottle in a pinch. 

Keep scrolling to learn the benefits of adding sourdough into your tortillas…

What benefits do you get by adding sourdough to tortillas?

Sourdough is packed full of so many nutritional benefits that your body will love these delicious tortillas. By cooking with this amazing ingredient, you are serving your family: 

  • Easy to digest
  • Supports gut health
  • Unlocks nutrients
  • Contains B Vitamins
  • Has folate and iron

No matter where you are on your health journey, adding sourdough to your meals is a great plan to help you maintain a nutritious lifestyle.

How to make traditional sourdough tortillas

More sourdough recipes

How to make a sourdough starter

Nourishing Traditions sourdough bread

Pizza crust

Hamburger buns

Pasta

Sourdough discard recipes

What is your favorite thing to eat in a tortilla?

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Yield: 8 tortillas

Sourdough Tortillas

Sourdough tortillas recipe

This simple and easy sourdough tortillas recipe lets you enjoy the benefits of properly prepared grains in a delicious tortilla.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 TBSP melted fat (lard, bacon grease, tallow)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • Unbleached white flour for rolling out

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sourdough starter, water, melted fat, and salt.
  2. Begin adding flour a little at a time while mixing. Stop when dough is a sticky consistency, but not so wet that it's messy and hard to work with. 
  3. Knead dough in the bowl or on a floured surface for several minutes. 
  4. Cover bowl of dough and put in a warm place to ferment for 7 - 24 hours. 
  5. When ready to cook, divide dough into 8 equal portions.
  6. Roll out each piece of dough on floured work surface until it is the thickness you want.
  7. Cook tortillas one at a time in a hot cast iron skillet over medium high heat for about 15-30 seconds on each side.
  8. Look for bubbles to start to form and the tortilla to start to firm up.
  9. Serve warm or cooled. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
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