Tortilla Shells on a bamboo cutting board with logo overlay

Homemade Tortilla Shells with Only 4 Ingredients

Making tortilla shells at home is much easier than you would think. And with only 4 common ingredients, they can be prepared any night!

Tortilla Shells have such a wide variety of uses. We use them for so many different recipes such as tacos, burritos, quesadillas, sandwich wraps, and they can be baked into chips. 

I’ve always bought tortilla shells from the store because I didn’t think it would be easy to make at home. I was so wrong!

In trying to reduce our waste in the kitchen, I’ve been trying to find how to make more things from scratch that we typically buy at the store. Tortilla shells are usually packaged in plastic that can’t be recycled in most places. And since they sit on the shelf, there is usually some type of preservative in them to keep them fresh longer. 

The recipe I found and based mine off of uses only four simple ingredients. I was so happy to see that it’s all things that I typically have on hand at all times. 

From now on, unless we are in a huge rush, I will probably be making my own tortilla shells for every meal. They only take about 30 minutes and are amazing when they are fresh and still soft and warm. 

The first meal we made with the homemade tortilla shells was my Spinach and Artichoke Quesadillas. It added just the right amount of bread to the shells and was amazing! I can’t wait to try them with other recipes. 

Step by Step

In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and salt together.

Flour mixture in a stainless steel bowl

Then pour in the water and oil. Stir everything together until it starts to form a dough. 

Dough formed in a stainless steel bowl

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 10-12 times, or until the dough fully comes together. Then let the dough rest for about 10 minutes. 

Dough turned out on granite countertop after kneading

Divide the dough into eight equal portions. Get them as close as possible to have shells the same size.

Dough divided into 8 equal wedges

Take each portion and roll it out on the floured surface until it is about a 7-inch circle. If you make them a bit bigger, the shells will be thinner, but should still work. 

Dough wedges shaped and rolled out to circles

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place one of the tortillas in the pan and let it cook for about one minute on each side, or until it starts to get light brown in color. 

Tortilla shell cooking in a pan

Repeat with the rest of the tortilla shells until they are all cooked and ready to eat!

Tortilla Shells on a bamboo cutting board (vertical)


Originally Published On: October 7, 2018

Last Updated On: July 11, 2019

Tortilla Shells on a bamboo cutting board

Tortilla Shells

Making tortilla shells at home is much easier than you would think. And with only 4 common ingredients, they can be prepared any night!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Homemade Staple
Cuisine: American
Keyword: flour, tortilla shells
Servings: 8 tortilla shells
4.88 from 8 votes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

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  • Sift the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl
  • Add the water and oil
  • Stir until a dough starts to form
  • Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead about 10-12 times
  • Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes
  • Divide the dough into eight even pieces
  • Roll each piece out into a 7-inch circle
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat
  • Place one tortilla in the pan and cook for one minute on each side until light brown
  • Repeat with each tortilla until they are all cooked
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days
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Nutrition Facts
Tortilla Shells
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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40 thoughts on “Homemade Tortilla Shells with Only 4 Ingredients”

  1. I just baked my first loaf of bread this week, and now I’m obsessed with making bread. This looks like something I have to try!

  2. I never would have thought to make my own. I am always terrified of pan frying anything like this but really it’s not much different than a pancake. I love that it’s four ingredients you always have.

    1. You’re right, it’s similar to a pancake, only much quicker since the dough is already rolled out. Just start with the heat low so you don’t overcook and you’ll find the sweet spot for temperature.

  3. I’m definitely going to use your recipe to make these tortillas… they sound pretty easy to make. I’ve never made tortillas before but I know I should rather than buying them.

  4. Karissa Martinez

    This looks way better than the store bought brand! I made tortillas from scratch once while camping using a very similar recipe and they turned out amazing!

    1. These would be so great for camping! I hadn’t thought of that, but you could make the dough ahead of time and cook them in a pan over the fire. I’ll have to try that next time we go camping with the Cub Scouts.

  5. I will have to try this out. I made my own shells but the recipe called for lard and I couldn’t get them to get as thin as this. I will have to make this at home very soon as we love good tortilla shells.

  6. I bet the freshly made version tastes better than the packaged variety most people buy in the stores. Yummiest version.

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