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Whole Wheat Vegan Tortillas Recipe

Whole wheat vegan tortillas with herbs on a concrete table.

With a fresh, nutty taste, our recipe for Whole Wheat Vegan Tortillas is delicious and free from any preservatives or unnecessary ingredients. If you are hoping to clean up your diet and want to know what is in your food, this recipe can give you a great substitution for commercially produced Whole Wheat Tortillas.

Whole Wheat Vegan Tortillas Recipe

April Freeman
Our recipe for Whole Wheat Tortillas makes six tortillas. If you want to make a bigger batch, just double the quantities to make a dozen of them. These tortillas are meant to be 8 to 10 inches across.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Resting Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 Servings


  • Medium-Sized Bowl
  • Pastry blender
  • Fork
  • Large Cast Iron Skillet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Dinner Plate
  • Gallon-sized zip-top bag


  • cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup warm water


  • Put the whole wheat flour into a medium-sized bowl and add the salt, stirring to combine.
  • Drizzle the oil into the mixture and begin mixing it together. You may want to use a pastry blender or a fork.
  • Slowly pour the water into the mixture and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth. You will eventually need to gather the mixture into your hands and mix it with your hands, kneading it. 
  • After three to five minutes, the dough will form a ball that is smooth and elastic. Flatten the ball a bit by pressing with your hands.
  • Put the flattened ball on a lightly floured surface and cover it with the upside-down mixing bowl.
  • Let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes or for up to an hour. This helps the gluten form in the dough, making it easier to roll out. 
  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet or a griddle on the stovetop over medium heat. Spray it with a bit of cooking spray or wipe it down with a paper towel dipped in olive oil. 
  • Divide the dough into six equal pieces.
  • On a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin, roll each piece of dough into a circle that is 8 to 10 inches in diameter. If you like, you may want to use a dinner plate or even a lid for a round plastic dish to help guide you in keeping your tortillas symmetrical.
  • Put each tortilla into the heated skillet. You will only need to cook them for about 30 seconds per side before flipping them over to cook the reverse side. It’s probably best if you roll out all of your tortillas before you begin cooking them since they cook so quickly. 
  • Remove each cooked tortilla to a clean plate, stacking them one on top of the other.
  • Store tortillas in a gallon-sized zip-top bag in the freezer if you don’t plan on eating them right away. They will stay fresh for up to three days.


Suppose you are hoping to improve your diet. Like most people, you know that incorporating plenty of whole grains in your diet in place of refined white flours is a great place to start. At the grocery store, you pick up a package of whole wheat tortillas, thinking it’s a healthy choice.
But when you get home and actually take a moment to look at the nutrition label, you may do a double-take. Ingredients like hydrogenated vegetable oils, sugars, and preservatives may be hiding in your supposedly “healthier” choice. 
Of course, some brands are better than others, but to really get the healthiest ingredients possible in all of your food, cooking it yourself is the best choice. Yet, some foods seem easier than others to create. After all, many people can turn out a batch of whole wheat dinner rolls.
But when you are cooking up Mexican food, you have to have a tortilla. Who makes tortillas from scratch? Can it be done? Absolutely! 
When you think about it, many of the foods that we assume have to come from a food factory or commercial bakery were originally made by hand by people cooking in some of the most primitive conditions.
Tortillas have been made for centuries in South and Central America. Often, the cook, usually female, would pound wheat or corn until a fine flour was created. She would add a few ingredients, like maybe animal fat, salt, and water.
Then, she would shape her dough into balls. The tortilla was pressed flat and cooked on a griddle or a hot, flat stone over an open fire. Often, these women would turn the tortillas with their bare hands. 
So, if primitive tribes from isolated locations can make their own tortillas, surely the modern cook in a kitchen with dependable ingredients can do the same. Of course, you can do this too!. With just a few ingredients, and without a huge time investment, you can create whole wheat tortillas that are free from preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients.
One thing that is great about our recipe is that these tortillas only have four ingredients. You can know that the food that you are serving your family is the healthiest and most nourishing.
If you want to make larger or smaller ones, feel free. Remember, that because your tortillas are homemade, they will not be perfectly symmetrical like store-bought ones. No worries! That is the charm of homemade baked goods! Just do the best that you can and your family will enjoy your homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas no matter how they look!
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