Whole Wheat Tortillas




Yield 12 tortillas

Grandma Lolita's recipe for Coahuila style whole wheat tortillas provided by Dora Stone of Dora's Table and Mi Mero Mole. A true homestyle recipe.



  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, wheat bran, wheat germ, baking powder, salt, and mix well. Add vegetable shortening and use your fingers to to rub the shortening into the flour mixture until completely incorporated.
  2. Pour water in and mix with a fork until. If the dough is too dry, add a bit more water.
  3. Scoop mixture out into a cutting board and knead until smooth (about 3-4 minutes). The dough should be soft and stretchy, but not as soft as bread dough.
  4. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let rest for at least 1 hour. (The longer the dough rests the softer your tortillas will be.)
  5. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls. Heat a cast iron skillet or comal to medium-high heat.
  6. Sprinkle flour on your work surface, flatten the ball of dough with your hand. Using a rolling pin, begin to roll back and forth across the ball, rotating it slightly each time, and sprinkling more flour as necessary, until the dough has stretched out to make a large thin circle. Try to roll it as thin as you possibly can.
  7. Lay the tortilla on the comal and flip after 30 to 40 seconds The tortilla should bubble up almost immediately. Cook 30 more seconds on the other side and remove from pan. Be careful not to overcook the tortillas or they will become crisp. Remove tortillas from pan and place in a tortilla warmer or kitchen towel.
  8. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough.


For really tender tortillas let the dough rest overnight in the refrigerator.

Courses Tortilla

Cuisine Mexican

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 123

% Daily Value

Total Fat 6 g


Sodium 200 mg


Total Carbohydrates 15 g


Sugars 1 g

Protein 3 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Recipe by Mexican Food Journal at