These vegan flour tortillas are perfect for tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and more. They're simple to make and require just a few ingredients. Give them a try today!
If you're looking for a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy your favorite Mexican dishes, you'll want to try vegan flour tortillas.
These delicious tortillas are made with simple ingredients like flour, water, and oil, and they are free of animal products.
If you haven't yet tried vegan flour tortillas, you are in for a treat!
What are vegan flour tortillas and what do they taste like?
Vegan flour tortillas are a type of flatbread made without any animal products. They are a suitable option for people who follow a vegan diet.
While they may not taste exactly like traditional flour tortillas, they can be just as delicious. The taste of tortillas majorly depends on the type of flour we use in making them.
Originally it has all-purpose flour in it as the main ingredient that makes the tortillas soft, chewy, and perfect for a wrap to stuff things. But unfortunately, all-purpose flour has maximum gluten in it which is not gut-friendly.
They are too heavy for our digestive system to get the nutrients from them. They are the least healthy amongst the flours. So to make it healthier, choose your flour to make the vegan flour tortillas.
Though wheat flour also has gluten in it, the quantity is much less than refined all-purpose flour. Hence I prefer wheat flour for my tortillas. You can also take 50-50 all-purpose and wheat flour.
These vegan flour tortillas typically have wheat flour. This gives them a soft and pliable texture that is perfect for wrapping around fillings. You can also use multigrain flour for even healthier tortillas.
Why should you try vegan flour tortillas?
There are many reasons to try vegan flour tortillas, but here are just a few:
1. They are healthy. Vegan tortillas are lower in fat and calories than their traditional counterparts. They contain wheat protein, fibers, or other nutrients of the grain that we use in it.
2. Easy to make at home. With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of fresh, homemade vegan flour tortillas in no time.
3. You can easily customize your requirement like for WFPB, a gluten-free diet, a healthy weight diet, etc.
4. They are versatile. Can serve as wraps, burritos, tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, etc.
Ingredients you'll need-
- wheat flour (all-purpose flour for regular flour tortillas/ or 50-50 wheat flour + all-purpose flour)
- olive oil - can skip for the WFPB diet
- baking powder - but that is optional. If you like fluffy naan-like bread then you can add baking powder. But I don't add them to my everyday tortillas since I don't need them very fluffy.
How to make vegan flour tortillas?
- Combine the flour, water, olive oil, and salt in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Add water slowly and gradually while mixing the ingredients.
- Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 5 - 7 minutes. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 5-10 more minutes.
- After 10 minutes, take out the dough and knead for a minute. Then divide the dough into 12 balls.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball of dough into a thin tortilla.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the tortillas for about minutes per side, until golden brown.
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for later. Enjoy!
Tips for making the perfect tortillas
First, be sure to use good whole wheat flour. If using all-purpose flour, consider unbleached ones for a light and fluffy texture.
Add a little oil to the dough to help keep the tortillas from sticking to the pan. However, oil is totally optional and you can skip it all if following an oil-free diet. I prefer not to add oil most of the time.
Knead the dough nicely for a minimum of 5 - 7 minutes and let it rest for 5 minutes. Kneading well makes the tortillas softer and easily digestible.
Use a hot griddle or skillet when cooking the tortillas. This will help in perfectly and evenly cooking the tortillas.
How to store & reheat?
Be sure to stack the cooked tortillas on a plate covered with a clean, damp towel. This will help to keep them warm and soft until you're ready to eat. I use insulated casseroles to store them. To reheat, place them on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 40 - 45 seconds.
You can refrigerate them in an air-tight box for 1 - 2 days maximum. They won't taste great if stored long. Remove and reheat whenever required.
Serving Ideas for vegan flour tortillas
They make a great base for a variety of dishes, such as tacos, burritos, fajitas, and quesadillas. Use them in making tortilla chips or vegan tortilla soup. Fill them with beans, rice, veggies, salsa, and guacamole for a delicious and healthy meal. Enjoy!
Vegan Flour Tortillas
- In a bowl add flour, salt, oil. Mix them once.
- Now add water gradually mixing the ingredients to make a dough.
- The consistency of the dough shouldn't be very tight or too soft.
- Once dough is formed, knead it well for 5 - 7 minutes.
- Keep it covered and let rest for 5 minutes more.
- After 5 minutes, remove and knead once more for a minute.
- Now divide the dough into equal portions.
- Dust the surface lightly and with help of a rolling pin, roll them to thin tortillas.
- Heat a griddle on medium high heat.
- Place the rolled tortilla on the griddle.
- After 20 - 30 seconds it will start to puff with small air pockets.
- Wait for few more seconds to let it puff nicely.
- Aound 1 minute, flip the tortilla and cook the other side also for 20 - 30 seconds.
- Remove once it's puffed up well with dark brown patches on both the ends.
- Repeat for all the dough and tortillas.
- Store well and serve hot.