Easy Sourdough Tortillas From Scratch (with discard or fed starter)

These easy sourdough tortillas from scratch can be made with discard or fed starter. With only 5 simple ingredients, you’ll be able to save money and reduce the additives in your food. Do you hate choosing between healthier tortillas and a low price? Now you don’t have to! You’ll love every bite.

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There’s a widespread misconception that preparing food from scratch is both time-consuming and cost-inefficient. However, that couldn’t be more inaccurate. While the internet may be brimming with intricate recipes, that’s not the case here at Plum Branch Home. I cherish cooking, yet I also appreciate simplicity. Every recipe I create for PBH is a mainstay in my own kitchen and enjoyed by my family. So, when I claim these tortillas are an essential, healthful addition, that’s the exact role they play in our household!

If you don’t yet have a sourdough starter but would like to make one, visit my How to Make a Sourdough Starter (Guide for Beginners). It’s an uncomplicated process that yields remarkable results!

Sourdough Tortilla Recipe Inspiration

I’ve always loved a good tortilla but I hate buying them. The ones with short ingredient list cost way too much while cheaper options are full of additives. Once I started my sourdough journey, I decided to make my own. As I developed this recipe, I explored different approaches for sourdough tortillas. Some ferment them overnight, others skip kneading. For my recipe, I wanted to preserve important elements while simplifying the process.

Why I Love This Recipe?

  • Saves you money on groceries
  • Super easy to whip up
  • Tastes amazing!
  • Doesn’t have added junk ingredients
  • Is good for gut health due to fermented sourdough starter

Why Use Sourdough Starter To Make Tortillas?

Incorporating sourdough starter into recipes offers notable gut health benefits. For instance, these tortillas become more digestible and introduce beneficial bacteria from fermentation into the dough.

Sourdough Tortillas Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (fed or discard)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (+ 1-2 Tablespoon if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

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How to Make Sourdough Tortillas

In a large mixing bowl, combine olive oil, water, sourdough starter, and salt using a spoon.

Then add the flour and stir until combined. Use your hands if needed, and add 1-2 tablespoons of extra flour if sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough by hand for 2 minutes.

Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover, and allow to rest in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Preheat a skillet over medium heat while the dough rests (do not use oil in the pan).

After the dough finishes resting, divide the dough into 4 chunks (or 8 for smaller tortillas).

Roll a ball of dough as thin as you can without tearing it on a floured surface using a rolling pin.

Place the rolled-out tortilla into the heated skillet and cook on medium heat until bubbly and golden brown on the bottom.

Flip as soon as the bubbles occur or the bottom becomes golden brown to prevent burning, and cook on the other side again until golden brown before taking it out of the pan. 

Repeat this cooking process with the remaining dough, adjusting the heat if necessary to avoid burning.

dough balls and a rolling pin
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Tips for Making Sourdough Tortillas

  • Roll each piece of dough out as thin as possible (the thinner the better)
  • Always keep your counter/work space lightly floured to prevent sticking
  • Ensure you don’t skip the kneading step in the recipe; it’s essential for achieving a smooth, thin dough that won’t tear during rolling.

How to Store Sourdough Tortillas

Homemade sourdough tortillas can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Alternatively, you can keep them in the refrigerator using the same method for up to 1 week.

How to Freeze Sourdough Tortillas

Freeze the tortillas by placing them in a glass freezer-safe container with parchment paper between each one, or wrap them individually in a plastic bag. They can be stored like this for up to 6 months.

rolled out dough
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Ways to Use These Tortillas

  • For tacos, fajitas, etc.
  • For mini pizzas (as the crust)
  • Cheese roll ups for snacks
  • For lunchtime or snack time pinwheels
  • so many more ways!

Recipe FAQ

Can I use sourdough discard instead of fed starter?

Yes! Discard works just as good.

Are sourdough tortillas better for you?

Yes! Because sourdough starter is a fermented food, you’re gaining so many gut health benefits.

How do you heat sourdough tortillas (reheat)?

Simply put each tortilla, one at a time, into a skillet on low-medium heat and cover with a lid for a few minutes.

Can I freeze sourdough tortillas?

Yes! Store them in a glass freezer safe container with parchment paper between each one or individually wrapped in a baggie. Either way they’ll last up to 6 months.

What is the best flour for this sourdough recipe?

Unbleached all-purpose flour (I like organic).

My tortillas aren’t coming out thin, what is going wrong?

For better results, roll the dough even thinner before cooking it next time. I like to use a silicon baking mat on the counter top to help prevent sticking while rolling the tortillas out.

How can I make this process faster?

You can make these ahead of time and store them in the freezer. When you’re ready for them just reheat in a skillet.

Can I make these without the sourdough starter? I don’t have one yet.

I haven’t personally tried it without starter but I’m sure it would work just fine. You may just need a little extra flour or water.

Can I make the dough ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until I’m ready to cook them?

Yes, the dough will last about 2 days in the fridge before you’ll need to use it.

Can I make these with whole wheat flour?

Yes! You may have to add a little more water but otherwise it should work great.

How long will these tortillas keep?

2-3 days at room temperature, up to a week in the fridge, and 6 months in the freezer.

Do I need an active starter for this recipe?

Nope, you can use sourdough discard for these tortillas.

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Easy Sourdough Tortillas

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
These easy sourdough tortillas from scratch can be made with discard or fed starter. With only 5 simple ingredients, you'll be able to save money and reduce the additives in your food. Do you hate choosing between healthier tortillas and a low price? Now you don't have to! You'll love every bite.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Staples from Scratch
Cuisine Sourdough
Servings 4 large tortillas

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (fed or discard)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (+ 1-2 Tablespoon if needed)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine olive oil, water, sourdough starter, and salt using a spoon.
  • Then add the flour and stir until combined. Use your hands if needed, and add 1-2 tablespoons of extra flour if sticky.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough by hand for 2 minutes.
  • Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover, and allow to rest in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat a skillet over medium heat while the dough rests (do not use oil in the pan).
  • After the dough finishes resting, divide the dough into 4 chunks (or 8 for smaller tortillas).
  • Roll a ball of dough as thin as you can without tearing it on a floured surface using a rolling pin.
  • Place the rolled-out tortilla into the heated skillet and cook on medium heat until bubbly and golden brown on the bottom.
  • Flip as soon as the bubbles occur or the bottom becomes golden brown to prevent burning, and cook on the other side again until golden brown before taking it out of the pan. 
  • Repeat this cooking process with the remaining dough, adjusting the heat if necessary to avoid burning.
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