How to Make a Tortilla Bowl From Scratch

How to Make a Tortilla Bowl From Scratch

How to Make a Tortilla Bowl From Scratch

Making tortilla bowls from scratch is easy, fun, and delicious! With just a few simple ingredients and tools, you can have fresh, homemade tortilla bowls ready in no time. Here is a step-by-step guide to making them completely from scratch.


To make tortilla bowls, you will need:

  • Flour – All-purpose flour works best. You will need around 2 cups.

  • Water – About 1 cup of warm water. The amount needed may vary slightly based on humidity.

  • Salt – 1 teaspoon of salt. Table salt or kosher salt works well.

  • Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon of baking powder helps the tortillas puff up.

  • Oil – 2 tablespoons of vegetable, canola, or olive oil. This helps bind and slightly soften the dough.

  • Extras (optional) – For flavored tortillas, you can add 1 teaspoon of seasoning like cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, etc.

Equipment Needed

You don’t need any special equipment to make homemade tortilla bowls:

  • Mixing bowl – To mix up the dough.

  • Rolling pin – To roll out the tortillas nice and thin. A regular cylindrical rolling pin works best.

  • Cutting board – A good surface for rolling out the dough.

  • Measuring cups & spoons – For accurately measuring ingredients.

  • Large skillet – To cook the tortillas. One with sloped sides works well.

  • Parchment paper – To line the skillet and drape tortillas over to form the bowls.

  • Spatula – For turning and folding the tortillas.

  • Pot holders – To handle the hot skillet.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these simple steps for flawlessly homemade tortilla bowls:

1. Make the Dough

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and any optional seasonings. Stir to integrate.

  • Add the oil and work it into the dry ingredients using your fingers until mixed and crumbly.

  • Slowly pour in the warm water while mixing and kneading to form a soft dough ball. The dough should be smooth and elastic but not overly sticky. If needed, gradually add more flour or water.

  • Knead the dough for 2-3 minutes until uniform and smooth. Form it into a ball, place in the bowl, and cover with plastic wrap or a damp towel. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

2. Roll Out the Tortillas

  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and shape each into a ball.

  • On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out each ball into a thin 6-8 inch round tortilla. Add flour as needed to prevent sticking.

  • Stack the rolled out tortillas between pieces of parchment paper or paper towels until ready to cook.

3. Cook the Tortillas

  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. Line it with a piece of parchment paper. The paper will help the tortilla drape over the sides of the pan.

  • Once hot, cook the tortillas one at a time for about 1 minute per side. Some dark speckles should form on the surface.

  • Immediately remove from heat and form into a bowl shape: Drape the warm tortilla over the sides of the skillet and press gently against the parchment paper to form the bowl shape. Hold for 10 seconds.

  • Remove the parchment paper and allow to cool and become rigid. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

4. Finish the Tortilla Bowls

  • Once cooled, the bowls are ready to fill! For added flavor, brush the insides lightly with oil or melted butter.

  • Fill with your favorite taco fillings, salad, rice, beans, or anything else you want.

  • Garnish as desired and enjoy your fresh homemade tortilla bowls!

Tips for Perfect Tortilla Bowls

  • Resting the dough allows the gluten to relax for easier rolling.

  • Roll the tortillas nice and thin, about 1/8 inch, for best results.

  • Warm them slightly before draping to increase flexibility.

  • Work quickly while shaping to set the bowl form before they cool and harden.

  • Let them cool completely to hold their shape well before filling.

  • Store any extras in a sealed container at room temperature up to 5 days. Reheat before serving.

With a simple dough and a skillet, you can now make your own tortilla bowls for tacos, salads, and more! Adjust the recipe to your taste and enjoy this handmade alternative to store-bought.