This homemade whole wheat tortillas recipe is fantastic for tacos, burritos, wraps and they are even great made into chips! They are easy to make and taste so good!
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Homemade Whole Wheat Tortilla Recipe story
When I was growing up, I could count on my Mom making tacos at least once a week!! I looked forward to that dinner each week. I love tacos, they are so easy to make and you can pack them full of healthy food!!! Then I got married and it all ended….because Rick did not like tacos. 🙁
After years of marriage, he has been enduring them during the summer, and I have loved them but only once a month. I then started looking at the labels on the tortillas you buy in the store…yikes!! I couldn’t pronounce half of the ingredients.
Whole food plant-based Tortillas
I started my search for a homemade whole wheat tortilla recipe. I tried and failed a couple of times but then I came up with my own recipe. I just recently changed to a whole food plant-based diet and so we don’t use oil anymore. So I came up with this no oil recipe. Instead of oil, I use aquafaba. It basically is just the water that canned beans are in. I use chickpeas, pinto or white beans. I also can use the water from when I cook dry beans too. I put small portions in a freezer-safe container and freeze it until I need it.
It makes these taco shells a lot more healthy without the added oil. They are so good!! I can’t get enough of these. I have them as tacos, quesadillas, and enchiladas. They have so much more flavour than store-bought ones. I feel better feeding my family these homemade whole wheat tortillas because they only have four ingredients!!
Rick says every time we have them, (and the kids groan) “You could put dirt in these homemade whole wheat tortillas and they would still taste good.” Hmmm, maybe I will try that one time for him and see what he thinks… Ha! Ha! JK honey!!!
Homemade whole wheat tortillas are not as easy as buying pre-made ones but knowing what the ingredients are inside my tortillas is so much better. They are really easy to make, but they do take extra time, maybe about 20 minutes, but it is totally worth it!!
Plan ahead for a busy day and either make them in the morning or the day before and put them the in the freezer for later. I like to make them once a week and freeze them so that everyone can use them when they want a wrap or taco. I double this recipe so that I have extra on hand to use for dinner as well.
Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 Tbsp Aquafaba (water that chickpeas or pinto beans are in)
¾ tsp salt
2/3 c. warm water
In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, and aquafaba. Slowly add the warm water. Knead the dough for 2 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 balls and let it sit for 20 minutes. (If I’m in a hurry I just skip letting them sit and go straight to rolling out)
I don’t fuss too much about making them a perfect circle…they usually end up square or odd-shaped. Don’t worry too much because, it’s okay, they are homemade and taste the same even if they are not round.
I take the ball out and push it down in a circle with my hand and then I just start rolling it with a rolling pin. I roll it a couple of times on one side, and then turn it over to the other side. I keep doing this until I have the right thickness. Rick likes them thin so I roll them out really thin, but you can make them however you like them.
I then put them on the electric griddle, to cook at about 350 degrees. When they start to form bubbles, turn them over and cook on the other side. I like my tortillas soft so I don’t cook them that long. I don’t really time them. I did at first and you can do it for 1 min on each side. I just roll out one tortilla while two are cooking and then flip them over. I then roll out another tortilla and when I’m done, I take those two off and start cooking the ones I just rolled out.
Inside the Tortilla
When they are done, fill them with whatever you can find in your garden or from your farmer’s market. I make homemade refried beans with taco seasoning (recipes to come in a later post) which makes tacos so much better according to Rick. We stuff our tacos with, garden tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, or zucchini. Or for another great use for these tortillas try making them into homemade chips! You can also make them into taco bowls and have a taco salad in them. I hope you and your family enjoy these homemade whole wheat tortillas as much as we do!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 Tbsp aquafaba
- ¾ tsp salt
- 2/3 c. warm water
- In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, and aquafaba.
- Slowly add the warm water.
- Divide the dough into 8 balls and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- I take the ball out and push it down in a circle with my hand and then I just start rolling it.
- I roll it a couple of times on one side, and then turn it over to the other side.
- I keep doing this until I have the right thickness.
- Put on the electric griddle, to cook at about 350 degrees.
- When they start to form bubbles, turn them over and cook on the other side.
- Cook for 1 min on each side.