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Tortillas I One Lovely Life

I am now a fan of the old addage “neccessity is the mother of invention.”

More often than not in my life, this has been applied to childhood: tricking your little sister into letting you play with her birthday presents…digging to China with the silver spoons you tricked your little sister into swiping from the kitchen…assembling a castle out of your little sister’s purple Elmer’s gluesticks and leftover toilet paper rolls…you know.

**DISCLAIMER: I would like all of you to continue to believe that the above situations were purely hypothetical…I don’t want to talk about which ones are true…(Sorry Jordan!).**


This addage has become oft-repeated in my home since being married. For instance: it’s 5:30, we just got home from our once-a-week grocery shopping, I forgot to pick up tortillas to go with our ultimate quesadillas…and it’s either eat ultimate quesadillas tortilla-less…which…is…well… pointless…or waste the gas money going back to the grocery store.

I veto these options! I’m embracing my rights as a woman! Or something.

**Disclaimer numero dos: I have zero feminist bones in my body. I don’t even have feminist particles in my body. Believe me, I took anatomy. I know my bones. I am un-feminist. Amen.**

So, I turn to my difinitive from-scratch blog of choice: Emily’s. (Oh, Emily, how I love your recipes!)


Tortillas I One Lovely Life

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  • 1 1/2c warm water
  • 1/4c canola oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 4 1/25c flour


  1. Combine water, oil, and salt. Begin stirring in flour 1 cup at a time until your reach 4 cups. Add enough remaining flour to achieve a stiff but workable dough.
  2. Roll dough into a log. Slice into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball (I found this worked best by doing it in my hands rather than on the counter). Cover with a wet dish towel and allow dough to rest about 20 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out each ball into a 10-12″ circle.
  3. Cook in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray or on a griddle for 1-2 minutes per side. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
  4. Makes 10 tortillas (10-12″).


  1. Do you have any tricks for rolling out the dough and having it not become a sticky mess? I’ve tried making tortillas before but the stickiness drove me away. I’d love to try again, fresh tortillas are delicious.

    1. Melissa- I totally understand! I found that making sure I have enough flour on my countertop has really helped. Also, the dough should be wet but not sticky when rolling it out, so if you find it’s already sticking to your fingers and hands like crazy, I’d work a bit more flour into the dough before trying to roll them out. I hope that helps!

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