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Grilled Flour Tortillas

Nothing quite compares to a warm and soft flour tortilla, and this recipe for Grilled Flour Tortillas will help you make perfect grilled tortillas every time from scratch. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Resting Time15 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue, Mexican
Keyword: Grilled Flour Tortillas
Servings: 8 people
Author: Taylor Shulman


  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt fine ground
  • cup melted beef tallow or bacon fat, duck fat, or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water 100-110 degrees F


  • Make the dough. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and knead with your hands or mix at medium speed for 2 minutes. The dough will appear loose and clumpy at first, but keep kneading until the dough comes together and pulls away from the sides of your bowl.
  • Form dough balls. Divide out the dough and roll into smooth balls. When portioning the dough start by making a cup with your hand by rounding your thumb to touch your index finger. Press the dough against the palm of your hand with medium pressure and roll it in a circular motion. This will form smooth, round balls. This amount of dough will make 15 street taco-size tortillas or 8 burrito-size tortillas. Place the rolled balls on a lightly greased baking sheet.
  • Rest. Cover the dough balls with a damp cloth or paper towels and allow them to rest for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat. While your tortillas rest, preheat your grill to 450 degrees F. These tortillas cook great on either gas or charcoal grills that can consistently hold this high temperature.
  • Roll out the tortillas. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out your tortillas using a rolling pin or a tortilla press. If using a rolling pin, first use your palm to press the ball into a flattened circle, making the disc as circular as possible. Starting from the center of each circle, roll your floured rolling pin to the edge, rotating the dough after each roll. Be sure not to go over the edge of your dough with each pass or it will pull the dough to strange shapes. Keep the uncooked tortillas under the damp cloth until they are all rolled.
  • Grill the tortillas. Spray or brush each tortilla lightly with oil and place directly on your grill grates. They should only cook about 40 to 60 seconds per side, so don't close the lid or walk away. You can cook your tortillas in batches to ensure even cooking. The tortillas will puff up while they cook but deflate as they cool- be careful not to puncture the bubbles with your fingers while cooking, they hold steam and can cause burns.
  • Serve warm. Keep the finished tortillas covered if you are cooking them all at once to keep them soft. Serve warm with your favorite fillings.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg