These Gluten Free Tortillas are soft and pliable, incredibly easy to make, and taste delicious! Free from all grains and dairy, they're made with only six ingredients and suitable for almost any diet!
We've just returned from a month away in our motorhome to visit our two daughters and their families. Both of my daughters are great cooks! Our son and his wife turn some amazing, flavourful food out of their kitchen, too, but it was our daughters whom we visited on this trip.
One daughter chooses her recipes, writes a menu on a board in the dining room, makes her shopping list, and shops for groceries once a week. If she ever wants to make a change to her menu after it goes up, she needs to have a very good reason, because someone in the family might be disappointed! Lately, she's been loving the results she gets from the recipes in the Food Lab, which she has read from cover to cover!
Our other daughter is a free-spirited artist and musician who rarely follows recipes, but creates delicious food whenever we come to visit! This is her recipe for gluten free tortillas. She served them to us with amazingly-seasoned grilled chicken, creamy coleslaw, and various other toppings. I couldn't stop eating them!
Do tortillas contain gluten?
Tortillas often contain gluten. A traditional tortilla is made with wheat or corn. Wheat tortillas certainly contain gluten.
Are any tortillas gluten free?
Corn tortillas might be gluten free. You'll need to examine the list of ingredients carefully to be sure. If you're purchasing processed food, the only real assurance of no cross-contamination is a "certified gluten free" label.
Of course you can make your own gluten free tortillas at home with this easy recipe! It's similar to Cassava Flour Tortillas but made with different flours.
What is the best gluten free tortilla?
I think the best gluten free tortillas are the ones you can make at home with pure, simple ingredients. These ones don't have any added preservatives. They're soft and flexible, so they roll well around whatever you decide to put inside.
Unlike corn tortillas, which tend to crack and split apart, these ones stay together well.
So, I think the best gluten free tortilla is a homemade one that's easy to make! While traditional tortillas are shaped by rolling out little balls of dough individually before cooking, these ones are made as you would make pancakes. The batter is easy to whisk together and pour into a skillet for cooking. However, they won't puff up like pancakes do but will stay nice and flat and hold together better when you wrap them around filling as in Gluten Free Burritos.
What are gluten free tortillas made of?
These tortillas are made with only six ingredients whisked together in one bowl. What could be easier!
The recipe is grain free. They're made with tapioca starch and almond flour. Tapioca starch/flour is made from the root of the cassava plant. Read more about that in this article, Gluten Free Flours. The tapioca flour gives the tortillas a nice, almost stretchy quality that allows them to be flexible and hold together well.
Almond flour contributes healthy fats, protein, and keeps the texture from being too "pasty."
There are no dairy ingredients here. So, if you are like the many gluten-intolerant people who also react to dairy, you're in luck here.
I hope you love these tortillas as much as I do!
Natalie's Grain Free Tortillas
- ¾ cup tapioca starch
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg
- ½ cup nondairy milk almond, coconut, etc.
- Whisk together the flours, garlic powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the egg and whisk just enough to break it up for blending.
- Stir in the milk and whisk until the batter is smooth.
- Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. (I set my induction cooktop to 300 F and used a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.) Add a tiny bit of oil.
- Pour out enough batter to fill out the shape of one tortilla. Let it cook until it begins to look dry on top. It's okay to lift a little at the edge to check and see that the bottom isn't burning.
- When the tortilla is dry on top and starting to brown on the bottom, flip it over to finish cooking on the second side.
- The tortillas can be served immediately or stored in the refrigerator or freezer between layers of parchment paper.
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These tortillas are amazing, Cathy! I made them for a large gathering where I had dietary restrictions that included all three issues : gluten-free, dairy-free and grain-free guests. I am so delighted with how they turned out and how easy they were to fold around a filling (my breakfast burritos that I make ahead for such occasions). I have been so disappointed in the past with store-bought gf tortillas that are tasteless and crack when I try to roll or fold them. I love yours! Thank you to you and your daughter for sharing this recipe. This is going to be my go-to recipe from now on. ❤️❤️? Five stars!!!!!
I'm thrilled that the tortillas were helpful for so many people! Thank you for sharing your story!
These are absolutely fantastic!!! Followed the recipe exactly and very pleased with the taste and texture:)
I'm so happy that you're enjoying your gluten free tortillas! Thank you for letting me know.:)
Can I use regular gf flour vs almond?
I haven’t tested the recipe with a regular gf flour. Gluten free flour blends are different from each other, too, so it would be difficult to test them all. However, given that the almond flour is a small percentage of the recipe, it might be worth a try. The results won’t be as good, but they might be acceptable in a pinch. I’d be interested to hear how it works out for you if you go ahead and try this.
These are very good and tasteful!!! It is hard to eat just one so make a lot of them they'll go fast. A few months ago I started testing different healthy and gf flours. Almond, Pecan and Coconut are my favorite. If you feel the weight of the flour that's how you could tell if your product will be heavy, light etc. Test them in small recipes and have fun.
Thank you so much, Barbara!