Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 15 mins

I like this recipe for tortillas because the olive oil is much lighter (reason for the name) than the usual fats used to make them. I got the this recipe from a woman at a shower (or something very close to it...LOL).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl mix flour and baking powder.
  2. In a two cup measuring cup combine 1 cup of water and salt.
  3. Add 1/3 cup of olive oil.
  4. Pour water and olive oil all at once into the flour mixture and mix with a spoon or your hand quickly.
  5. When dough comes together, knead only until the dough is smooth.
  6. If your dough is too sticky add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it is no longer sticky.
  7. Divide into 12-16 equal pieces and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Roll the dough balls out to a 6-7 inch circle for 16 pieces and 8-9 inch circle for 12 pieces on a floured surface.
  9. Heat an iron skillet over medium heat and place tortilla in the ungreased skillet one at a time.
  10. The tortilla will form bubbles all over it.
  11. IF they grow bigger than quarter pop them.
  12. When the spots are lightly browned turn over to brown other side.
  13. Remove to a covered dish.
  14. Notes: They make round tortilla warmers like foam coolers that are usually less than$3, but any covered dish will do.
  15. You may need more flour than usual on your surface because these tortillas are slightly more soft which makes them easier to roll but also sticky if you don't use enough flour.
  16. I place a paper towel or cloth in the bottom of the warmer before I start adding the tortillas to prevent the bottom one from getting soggy from steam.
  17. If you like the fluffy tortillas like on a muchaco or gordita (sp?) at chain resturaunts you can add baking powder to this and make circles slightly smaller.
  18. They can also be deep fried into taco shell shapes after they are grilled.


Most Helpful

This was easy I was confused though, ingredients say baking powder, instructions say soda. I used powder and it worked just fine. Quick and tasty, it is in my favs folder!!! Thanks

bonitabaker January 01, 2010

A few days ago I was in a bind, I wanted to make tacos but was out of tortillas. I came across this recipe and had to make a few changes as I did not have all the ingredients, instead I used 1/3 cup veg. oil and bleached flour. I also fried them in about 1/3 of an inch of veg. oil for about 45 seconds on each side. They came out wonderful! My husband (who's from pakistan) thought that it was puri and was estatic that I was able to make one of his favorate breads so well! This is something I would make again and again only using my changes to the recipe, this is a no fail, no regret recipe that I would reccomend to everyone!

rachel.nazir December 28, 2008

I used 3 cups of flour and these came out so delicious. Make sure to use a hot pan as they will cook up quick and stay soft. If you use a tortilla warmer/holder they will stay soft and warm. Try not to over due the flour when rolling them out as they will stay powdery and taste dry. I suggest rolling them in between wax paper this is what i will do next time. Also make sure to roll them out thin enough so they are pliable. making tortillas takes practice and this recipe makes it so much fun to make. Thanks so much for the recipe

starkrazi October 11, 2008

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