Homemade Spelt Flour Tortillas

What is spelt, plus a recipe for homemade spelt flour tortillas. Healthy and delicious! Uses spelt flour instead of white or whole wheat. Freezes well.
Did you know all-purpose white flour is…

1. Stripped. The bran and germ are mechanically removed, which also removes necessary vitamins and minerals and most of the nutritional content.
2. Then it’s “enriched” to replace some of the vitamins and minerals that were stripped away.
3. And then it’s BLEACHED (in the US, but not in EU countries)!

Sounds pretty gross to me. I don’t buy white flour at all anymore, unless it is for a super duper special occasion, like when I made my Nonna’s pastiera recipe for Easter.

For everything else, I use whole wheat, white whole wheat, and spelt.

What is spelt?

Spelt is an ancient grain, much different from that of barley, wheat, or other grains. It’s been around since ancient times, and was even mentioned in the Bible. Research shows that spelt was the most common grain in Europe before the 19th century.

Over the past 150 years, spelt hasn’t been quite as popular due to the labor it requires to harvest. The grain has a really tough outer husk that is inedible, which has to be removed before being ground into flour. Since wheat doesn’t have this and is easier to harvest, wheat started to be cultivated more and spelt fell to the wayside. Spelt has recently made a comeback though, as modern technology has developed machines that can de-husk the spelt grains quickly.

Nutrition

Nutritionally, spelt is much different than wheat. The nutrients in spelt are located in the center of the grain, while the nutrients in wheat are in the two outer layers, which as I explained above, are stripped off during processing white flour.

Spelt is a highly nutritious grain that keeps it’s nutritional components even after being ground to a flour.

Spelt is:

  • high in fiber
  • a complete protein
  • nutrient dense
  • and the best part-it tastes great!

Homemade Spelt Tortillas

I make these all the time. Sometimes I’ll even make a couple batches and freeze a bunch. They aren’t that hard to make once you get the hang of it. If you’ve never made homemade tortillas before, it might take a couple tries and a little practice to get the heat and timing right (at least it did for me). I’ve been making them for a few years now though and they come out great.

I love these tortillas because (A) they are delicious, (B) they’re much healthier than the normal Mission brand at the grocery store, and (C) they are pretty darn cheap to make. Making things from scratch like this can really save a lot of money in the long run (see: 8 Ways I Save Money on Real Food).

How to Make Spelt Flour Tortillas (in American Sign Language)

If you’d like to see the whole process beginning to end, watch the video below. If you don’t know ASL, you can always click the “cc” in the bottom right-hand corner to pull up the captions.

 

 

Homemade Spelt Flour Tortillas
 
Healthy and delicious! Uses spelt flour instead of white or whole wheat. Freezes well.
Recipe type: grain
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups whole spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • about 1 cup of warm water
Instructions
Make the dough
  1. Combine flour and salt.
  2. Slowly add olive oil. Mix with fork until evenly crumbly.
  3. Gradually add warm water a little at a time until mixture comes together and forms a dough, stirring continuously. You might have a little water left over.
  4. Divide dough into 12 pieces and form into balls.
  5. Place them on a floured surface and press down a little, forming them into disks.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Cooking
  1. Heat a cast iron skilled to medium high heat and spray with a little oil.
  2. Thinly roll out a ball of dough on a floured surface until it is about 8 inches across.
  3. Make sure the pan is hot before you start. Carefully pick up the tortilla with your fingers and place it into the pan.
  4. Let it cook until bubbles start to appear on the top, about 30 seconds.
  5. Use tongs to flip the tortilla and cook it another 30 seconds, then transfer to a plate.
  6. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Notes
I find it quicker to roll out the next ball of dough while a tortilla is cooking, creating sort of an assembly line process.

 

Items I use in this recipe:

I hope you enjoy the recipe! You can use these tortillas for anything you’d use regular tortillas for.

Do you cook with spelt or any other grain besides whole wheat? Have you ever tried making your own tortillas?


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20 thoughts on “Homemade Spelt Flour Tortillas

        1. Christine Devlin Post author

          The brand I like to get is called Arrowhead Mills. You can get it at Kroger. I think the King Arthur brand has spelt too. I haven’t tried their spelt but I like some of their other flours.

          Sometimes I get it at an Amish store.

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  2. Yoko

    Woah, these were a little hard to roll out without sticking, but I think I put too much water in. They were delicious anyway though and I look forward to practicing and getting them down. They were way better thsn the spelt tortillas from the store.

  3. psimjess48gmailcom

    Hi, I have to say I absolutely love this recipe! I have been on the hunt for a healthier tortilla recipe. How do you store these? In the fridge? I was thinking in a ziploc. Also, what is your method when you freeze them? Thanks so much for such a great recipe 🙂

    1. Christine Devlin Post author

      Hi there. I’m so glad you love the recipe! It’s one of my favorites as well. Yes, that’s exactly what I do…store in the fridge in a ziplock. I’ve even left them on the counter in a ziplock for a few days too. If I freeze them, I put them in a ziplock in between pieces of wax paper, so then I can just take out however many I need. They thaw pretty quickly at room temperature.

  4. Nancy

    Delicious I never new how good nutrition was…glad I tried. My tortillas were sad to look at by it didn’t affect the test. Just need more practice shaping.

  5. Carly

    I love these! I make them often and they are always a hit. Thanks for the recipe! One question for you: why do you direct us to let them rise for 15-1hr even though there isn’t any yeast in it? Just curious to know if this step is skippable or not. The faster the better 🙂 thanks!!

    1. Christine Devlin Post author

      Carly-I’m so glad you like this recipe! Letting them rest for a bit allows the flour to absorb the liquid, which I think makes it softer, and also allows it to rest which makes it easier to roll out. You might be able to skip it. If you do, let me know how it goes!

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