For these recipes, I got out my trusty cast iron tortilla press I bought back when COVID-19 first started. I knew then I would be making a lot of breads, including flatbreads and tortillas, and a tortilla press is perfect for doing a lot of these fast and efficiently. I also purchased a flat skillet made of the same black cast iron; it’s very much like a Mexican comal that is made using carbon steel.
Either these or a griddle pan works well for lightly cooking freshly made tortillas. The goal is not to over-fry or use oil when cooking a fresh tortilla, and other pans will cause the dough to stick. Now, let me share with you all the different ways to cook vegan tortillas in this recipe roundup.
1.Whole Wheat Vegan Flour Tortillas
The second type of recipe featured in this recipe roundup is flour tortillas. A healthy option, this recipe for Whole Wheat Vegan Flour Tortillas needs only four simple ingredients. Whole wheat flour is a full-germ wheat grain that offers the most nutrients and protein for flour products.
Olive oil and salt are flavorful components, so use high-quality and fresh olive oil. Salt should be fine to medium grain, such as pink Himalayan salt or grey salt, rather than table salt, which has additives. This allows the thin flour flatbreads to rise more easily and taste more interesting.
You can do so much with these tortillas, including quesadillas, taquitos, chimichangas, and sopapillas. A sopapilla with these vegan flour tortillas needs vegan butter, cinnamon, and granulated sugar.
2. Corn Tortillas
Fork Over Knives is back with their Corn Tortillas recipe. This recipe seems to be deceptive in the list of ingredients. It states you only need masa carina.
That’s it, and maybe some salt. Interestingly enough, you actually need a third ingredient—water and up to one and a half cups of it, so not a scant amount. They use a rolling pin to manage their 12 equal-sized mini balls of dough.
This, along with a roll of plastic wrap, will do the trick! If you want to be more eco-friendly without using plastic wrap, try linen towels or bread towels. These will not leave any cotton fuzz or lint behind when used for protecting the dough from the rolling pin.
3. Blue Corn Grilled Tortillas
This recipe features a lot of great advice for making corn tortillas as a vegan. This includes using blue corn flour for making corn tortillas, which will leave an almost purplish tint to the tortillas. If you have eaten blue corn tortilla chips, which are fairly common these days, then you know what I’m talking about here.
You can make your own blue corn tortilla chips by starting with blue corn flour that is sold at specialty baking shops and flour mills. Then, once the dough is ready to cook, use a griddle over a fire in a fire pit or a charcoal grill. This will allow you to achieve a unique flavor to the already colorful corn tortillas.
This is a corn tortilla recipe for when you want to impress all of your vegan friends and family during a get-together.
4. Homemade Vegan Corn Tortillas
I want to discuss what happens when I need nachos. This is a time in the battle of corn versus flour tortillas when corn tortillas win. When I want to make nachos, corn tortilla chips are the best choice since they are stronger and thicker.
This helps to hold up all the delicious nacho toppings. Corn tortillas are also more authentic culturally to Mexico, where tortillas originate from in North America. In Mexico, they had corn crops for 10,000 years prior to the arrival of the Spaniards who brought wheat.
Therefore, by choosing to make Homemade Vegan Corn Tortillas, you are also going closer to the heritage and roots of this recipe. The secret ingredient? Masa harina or cornflour.
Find this at any local market or grocery store, or specifically at a Hispanic or Mexican food shop.
5. Homemade Vegan Flour Tortillas
Next, we have another version of Homemade Vegan Flour Tortillas that makes two distinct ingredient changes from Recipe No. 1 in this roundup. These flour tortillas call for using all-purpose flour or maybe organic AP flour, but not whole wheat. All-purpose flour may be bleached or made with white flour, the latter of which is a healthier option.
Also, this recipe uses baking powder, which is not part of the previous dough. The baking powder is a natural leavening agent that helps these flour tortillas rise to be super puffy. You could most likely get a full puff out of these when cooking them in the comal.
This is the result of a light and airy dough achieved by sifting the flour and using the AP flour. Also, the baking powder helps here. The puff makes a tortilla into a pocket, similar to a pita, which can be cut in half and opened to fill with meats, cheeses, or veggies.
6. Vegan and Dairy Free Tortillas and Wraps
Now there is another recipe with similar ingredients to the previous one. After all, there is only so much you can do with a vegan flour tortilla recipe. Yet this recipe for Vegan and Dairy Free Tortillas and Wraps involves a rolling pin.
This is not the method I recommend or what I did when I learned how to make Mexican-style tortillas. But then again, we do not live in Mexico, so I guess you can use whatever you want. The use of a rolling pin is handy.
Most kitchens are equipped with a rolling pin or a heavy bottle full of wine that can be used in a pinch. The recipe also suggests different oils, including avocado oil, sunflower oil, and canola oil. These differ from the previous recipes that use olive oil.
7. Whole Wheat Plant-Based Milk Flour Tortillas
Forks Over Knives is a great place to go for vegan recipe suggestions and ideas. I used to use the FOK app on my phone to find recipes way back when. You probably can still do that and it’s worth it in my opinion.
Here we have a completely different option for Vegan Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas. This recipe includes the basic flour, salt, and baking powder, as well as a new item—plant-based milk. You need to use this instead of water to develop the flour and baking powder.
I also want to point out there is no oil or butter added to these flour tortillas. These are a completely new type of flour tortillas for someone in the vegan community. Who would expect that in such a simple food with only a few basic ingredients already? Very fun!
8. Whole Grain Flour Tortillas
Before I continue, you do know that basic flour tortillas contain lard, right? That’s a shortening or fat made from animals. It is certainly not vegan, so please do not eat flour tortillas thinking that they are automatically vegan if you are served them outside of your kitchen.
If the ingredients include lard, this is a no-go. Here is a recipe for the Best Homemade Flour Tortillas by Hurry The Food Up that does not use lard but instead sticks with olive oil. They like to cuss in their blog content, so this is a more colorful place to find recipes—perhaps don’t send your 8-year-old there to read this recipe.
They also use terms like “size of a frisbee,” which reminds me of my frisbee golf days. Fore!
9. Homemade Vegan Tortillas
And yet again, we have another Homemade Vegan Tortillas recipe that does something even better than oil. This recipe uses shortening, which mimics the lard consistency in the original flour tortillas. If you are interested in getting the most authentic texture for a flour tortilla, then this recipe with vegan shortening is the right way to go.
It also calls for a combination of whole wheat pastry flour and white all-purpose flour. This is what I do when baking most bread, including flatbreads, to be able to increase the texture and nutrients. Whole wheat pastry flour has less protein and gluten than white all-purpose flour.
The pastry flour is milled finer to allow for a higher rise, which is why it’s a selected flour for pastry baking. When making flour tortillas, this combination of soft pastry and harder AP flours is perfect.
10. Homemade Tortillas
The Taste of Home presents their version of Homemade Tortillas that are very basic. Here you have four ingredients, including olive oil, instead of the traditional shortening. They also use all-purpose flour exclusively and salt for the spice. That’s it!
For most home cooks, this is a go-to recipe thanks to the use of olive oil. They also use a greased cast iron skillet to cook each tortilla. That is not the way the other recipes go, so this could be an experiment to try in your own kitchen.
Should you add some oil to the hot pan before cooking your vegan flour tortillas or not?
11. Authentic Mexican Style Flour Flatbreads
This recipe for Flour Tortillas was published by an authentic Mexican woman in traditional pre-Hispanic clothing. I can go ahead and tell you, the lady knows a thing or tres about making a flour tortilla. Nancy from Mexican Made Meatless uses liquid oil instead of shortening, which is solid fat.
She also recommends using coconut oil in place of vegetable oil—a first in this recipe roundup. The recipe creator also abhors using baking powder to get puffy flour tortillas. She states this causes tougher tortillas, which is something to consider when choosing a recipe.
She also gets puffy tortillas with air bubbles, too, even without this leavening agent.
12. Almond Flour Tortillas
Now I am moving on to the next area of tortillas, those that use alternative flours other than corn and wheat. Let’s start with a gluten-free and low-carb variety called Almond Flour Tortillas. I make all my own almond milk and we don’t drink dairy in our semi-vegan lifestyle.
This means I always have a small container or two of ground almond meal in the freezer. I use this for baking to help boost the protein and extend the life of my other flours. As a vegan parent, this also helps me sneak in more vitamins and minerals for my active 13-year-old son.
The recipe writer does recommend using almond flour over an almond meal since the former is made with skinned almonds and is lighter in consistency. But if you use a sifter, you can remove any larger pieces when making your tortilla dough.
13. Keto Tortillas With Almond Flour
Next in line is a recipe for Keto Tortillas With Almond Flour that does something none of these other vegan tortilla recipes do. It uses psyllium husk powder and coconut flour along with almond flour. This plus baking powder is used to lift up the batter for a lighter and fluffier final product.
By looking at these almond flour tortillas, you would not suspect they do not contain AP flour, to be honest. These brown up quite nicely thanks to the use of oil in the dough, but you can use some oil on the hot pan to make a crispier tortilla.
14. Zero Carb Flax Tortillas
Another recipe that meets popular dietary guidelines is the Zero Carb Flax Tortilla. This is an oil-free tortilla by the way—that’s the first of such tortilla I have included in this vegan tortilla recipe roundup. It’s also a keto and paleo recipe that has only one ingredient—a flaxseed meal.
That is all you need! Can you believe it actually looks like a real tortilla when it’s done? Oh, you will need some water, too, just to bind it all together, and you can add salt for seasoning if you want.
The recipe calls for using a commercially ground flax meal and then regrinding it yourself at home. This results in a finer product, which is essential to get these tortillas done correctly.
15. Coconut Flour Tortillas
Another type of flour that is safe for vegans is coconut, and it is great for baking. This recipe for Coconut Flour Tortillas uses finely milled coconut flour plus a couple of strange ingredients, that, again, are new to this recipe roundup for vegan tortillas. Do you have any tapioca flour or xanthan gum?
If you are avoiding corn, then tapioca flour works very much like cornstarch. Tapioca flour is also the main ingredient for making boba pearls for popular boba tea, by the way. The xanthan gum serves to hold the fine coconut flour together in a dough ball for the next process, which is pressing the tortilla.
I am shocked, actually, that this is the first recipe creator to use the authentic tortilla press in favor of the American rolling pin. I know it’s a bulky and heavy tool to have in the kitchen for just flattening the dough, but seriously, you need to have a tortilla press if you are serious about making a tortilla, of any flour.
16. Vegan Tortilla Spanish Omelet
This recipe for a Vegan Tortilla by Forkful of Plants features something unexpected. It is actually a Spanish omelet traditionally made using eggs. I know, I know! That does not sound vegan or like a tortilla.
However, the use of chickpea flour and tofu makes the egg base and, before you know it, the Vegan Tortilla Spanish Omelet is born. In the frying pan, of course, not in actuality, because plants can’t lay an egg.
17. Homemade Spinach Tortilla
Simply put, sometimes you need to eat more greens, and this Homemade Spinach Tortilla will be the green base for your diet. It is filled with actual spinach, which is going to give you extra fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. Plus, if you enjoy the flavor of spinach, this adds flavor to your burritos, quesadillas, and other tortilla-encased foods.
The recipe also calls for making spinach tortilla pinwheels using this colorful green tortilla. If you are planning a holiday meal around St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas, and if you are searching for the right tortilla, this is the way to go! They simply give off a very strong and healthy green tone.
18. Raw Tortillas
Here is a recipe for those times when you either have no power or really hate the oven, or are simply going raw as a vegan, I present to you Raw Vegan Tortillas. The flour is a flaxseed meal that you can make using freshly ground flax seeds. I use a small coffee bean grinder only for grinding seeds and spices like flax for these occasions and I recommend this for anyone going raw.
It allows you to maximize the flavor and oils of nuts and seeds to be fully enjoyed when eating. The recipe for these raw tortillas also uses carrots and dates for the sweet and fibrous components. Spiced with paprika and cayenne, these raw tortillas can also be used to make wraps.
19. Chinese Scallion Pancakes
Here to round out one of the most interesting recipe roundups I’ve written so far is this recipe for Chinese Scallion Pancakes. While the name suggests this is, in fact, not a tortilla, it really is—a vegan flour tortilla with scallions and sesame oil. Those are the only two unique ingredients that go into this final tortilla recipe for vegans.
If you don’t have sesame oil, just use vegetable oil like canola or grapeseed oil. By the way, throughout the instructions, this tasty creation is called a tortilla pancake. Yet with no leavening like baking powder and no milk, it’s basically a vegan flour tortilla with scallions.