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15-Minute Grain-Free Tortillas 🌮 gluten free & keto

These (15-minute!) gluten free and keto tortillas are super pliable, easy-peasy and make the best low carb tacos… at just 2g net carbs a pop!

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15-Minute Gluten Free & Keto Tortillas

15-Minute Gluten Free & Keto Tortillas

Suuuper pliable, 2g net carbs & not eggy (at all!!)

I’m very (very) excited to share this recipe for keto tortillas with you guys! Because know that I’m (half!) Mexican i.e. I know tortillas.

The result is a nice and pliable tortilla which will puff when cooked. An ideal replacement for flour tortillas (or corn, for that matter). All for your taco’s delight!

Oh, and did I mention just 1 egg for 8 tortillas?! Yup, no eggy business here here peeps.

Also note that this recipe was first published here on October 17th, 2017… and has since appeared in multiple other websites (ahem!!). Just know that you saw it here first (plagiarism is the greatest form of flattery right?! 😉

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The Flours

The original recipe is a mixture of super fine almond flour (I love Anthony’s) and coconut flour (again Anthony’s best taste and texture by a mile!). Add a touch of xanthan gum, baking powder, and we’re golden.

The Substitutes

I know you guys need to substitute often (allergies, preferences etc), so this should come in handy:

  • Almond flour can be substituted with sunflower seed flour on a 1-to-1 ratio. Given its similar fat and protein content to almond, this really is the best sub out there for those of you with nut allergies! Just note that its generally not ground as fine as almond and it has a different flavor profile, but I know you guys love it as you report back on it often. 
  • Coconut flour is a bit of a trickier one to sub as its more unique in its behavior, but still totally doable (as I found out in the naan recipe!). In fact, when yeast is involved, oat fiber had the best texture out of the lot, arguably as it is a grain. Oh, and the neat thing about oat fiber is that it’s virtually carb-less (I’m assuming there’s a trace, but labels read 3g carbs – 3g fiber = 0 net carbs!). Also keep in mind that brands vary a lot here and Lifesource seems to be the best (no weird aftertaste, etc).
  • Xanthan gum is the trickiest of the lot to sub, because of its totally unique ability to act like a binder to replace gluten. Which means that for best results I suggest not trying to sub this one. Having said that, in case of allergies or sensitivity (or if paleo), you can use 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk powder instead. The dough won’t be a as malleable, but results will still be solid.
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The Method

Couldn’t get any easier tbh! You simply whisk together the flours (very thoroughly!), add them to your food processor, add in a touch of apple cider vinegar (or any neutral tasting one), add in the egg and a touch of water. The dough will then come together into a ball, which you’ll wrap with plastic wrap and knead for a couple minutes (think sort of like a stress ball!).

No food processor? No worries! You can use your hand or stand mixer or even do it by hand with a little extra elbow grease. I don’t suggest using blenders though, as the dough is quite stiff and it could damage your engine.

And for the roll out, using a tortilla press is much easier (I use this one!). But it works just fine with a rolling pin and two pieces of parchment paper.

One last (very important!!) thing: when cooking, coconut flour burns rather rapidly. So while this does help you to get the traditional charred marks of flour tortillas, you do need to keep an eye out for them to keep them from burning. Having said that, you do want your skillet to be very hot in order for the tortillas to cook quickly (in under a minute) and stay pliable. Like any tortilla, if the heat is not high enough it will harden and crack.

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Taco Ideas!

You’ll soon find that our keto tortillas are incredibly versatile! You can make crisp taco shells with them, use them up for fish tacos and carnitas, burritos, turn them into tortilla chips (and subsequently nachos!), taco bowls… you’ve got plenty of options!

And last, but not least, I’ve also since found that the tortilla dough has multiple uses (outside of Mexican food, that is)! So I suggest you check out our Crazy Keto Dough for more deets (think cinnamon roll knots, pizza and pasta!).

15-Minute Gluten Free & Keto Tortillas 🌮 Suuuper pliable, just 1 egg, & 2g net carbs!

(15-Minute!) Gluten Free & Keto Tortillas

Course: Bread
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: gluten free tortillas, keto tortillas, low carb tortillas
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 tortillas
Calories: 89 kcal

These (15-minute!) gluten free and keto tortillas are super pliable, easy-peasy and make the best low carb tacos... at just 2g net carbs a pop!

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Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Add almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt to food processor. Pulse until thoroughly combined. Note: you can alternatively whisk everything in a large bowl and use a hand or stand mixer for the following steps. 

  2. Pour in apple cider vinegar with the food processor running. Once it has distributed evenly, pour in the egg. Followed by the water. Stop the food processor once the dough forms into a ball. The dough will be sticky to touch.

  3. Wrap dough in cling film and knead it through the plastic for a minute or two. Think of it a bit like a stress ball. Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes (and up to three days in the fridge). 

  4. Heat up a skillet (preferably) or pan over medium heat. You can test the heat by sprinkling a few water droplets, if the drops evaporate immediately your pan is too hot. The droplets should ‘run’ through the skillet.

  5. Break the dough into eight 1” balls (26g each). Roll out between two sheets of parchment or waxed paper with a rolling pin or using a tortilla press (easier!) until each round is 5-inches in diameter. 

  6. Transfer to skillet and cook over medium heat for just 3-6 seconds (very important). Flip it over immediately (using a thin spatula or knife), and continue to cook until just lightly golden on each side (though with the traditional charred marks), 30 to 40 seconds. The key is not to overcook them, as they will no longer be pliable or puff up.

  7. Keep them warm wrapped in kitchen cloth until serving. To rewarm, heat briefly on both sides, until just warm (less than a minute).

  8. These tortillas are best eaten straight away. But feel free to keep some dough handy in your fridge for up to three days, and they also freeze well for up to three months.

Recipe Notes

One (very important!!) thing: when cooking, coconut flour burns rather rapidly. So while this does help you to get the traditional charred marks of flour tortillas, you do need to keep an eye out for them to keep them from burning. Having said that, you do want your skillet to be very hot in order for the tortillas to cook quickly (in under a minute) and stay pliable. Like any tortilla, if the heat is not high enough it will harden and crack. 

Nutrition Facts
(15-Minute!) Gluten Free & Keto Tortillas
Amount Per Serving (1 tortilla)
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

702 comments

  1. Linde says:

    These are my favorite tortillas to replace corn tortillas. They have a nice flavor and hold up very well. I need to now buy a tortilla press to make the process a little faster.

  2. Jeri says:

    Hi Paola

    I want to thank you for my wonderful birthday feast, the best food I’ve had in a long time. I’ve been living the keto way of life very successfully since April, but have sorely missed Mexican food. I truly hate the processed, icky tasting stuff that companies try to pass off for low carb tortillas and so I do without rather than eat utter dreck.

    I used your recipe from the Comfort Food cookbook to make a birthday meal of steak fajitas, complete with your wonderful tortilla recipe and enhanced with the tasty Pico de Gallo from your Summer cookbook. For dessert we had your Raspberry Ricotta Cakes also from the Summer cookbook. It was all just wonderful.

    Every recipe of yours that I have tried has been exceptional and I look forward to trying many more.

    Thank you again.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Paola!! You’ve saved my life! Well, probably not my LIFE but definitely my Keto journey. One of the few things I miss is my Mexican cuisine. Hard shells, soft shells, tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, etc. I’ve been Keto 5 weeks and after only an initial 7 pounds lost in the first 2, I’ve not lost any more weight. I’m in full blown Ketosis and have been for weeks. I’m monitoring every morsel and getting discouraged. Finding your website, and especially this tortilla recipe, is giving me hope that I can stay the course and perhaps become a healthier, and eventually lighter, me! Tonight, in honor of Halloween, I am preparing some of your chocolate cupcakes! Fitting them in my macro’s, of course. So excited! 🙂 I’ve already prepared so many of your wonderful recipes! THANK YOU!!

  4. Lourdes E Taboada says:

    I followed the recipe and they came out like chips…and not pretty ones either! Lol!
    I did not have parchment paper to roll out on…could this be why?

  5. Candice says:

    Just wondering why you regularly add acv to your recipes. I know the benefits but wasn’t sure if there was a “chemistry” behind it

  6. Rene' says:

    You have done it, yet it again! I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for awhile and wish I had done so earlier. Now we make these on a regular cycle. Being very unfamiliar with making tortillas and making them by hand the first few times, we eventually went with the tortillas press you use, and WOW what a difference! We also use a cast iron skillet and that works great – no sticking – if we do what you outline with respect to time on each side. Thank you for all the details and nuances you provide in your recipes This recipe is a God send for anyone doing keto. (Especially, when you are in TX and yummy Tex-Mex is everywhere!) Thank you Paola for yet ANOTHER winner.

  7. Nancy Watilo says:

    Love this recipe! First time I hand rolled them. Then I bought a press the next day! Today I used it and they came out so awesome and it was so easy! They look very professional and it was worth the investment! This batch is going to be tortilla chips served with guacamole! Trying to figure out if I should cut them before frying or just break them after. Probably will look better if I cut in quarters first! Thanks for your wonderful contribution to all us low-carb-ers!

  8. Allyson says:

    Hands down, the best keto tortillas! What an incredible substitute! It was just like the real thing. Don’t be intimidated by this recipe—you can do it!

  9. Leslie Green says:

    These were so very easy and tasty. It was so nice to eat a soft taco again!!!!!
    Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes!

    • Hi Luke! Unfortunately that won’t give you the intended results. But if the sub is needed for a nut allergy, have you tried sunflower seed flour? I know many of you guys use it throughout the recipes as its a perfect sub xo!

  10. Chris says:

    Finally, a keto recipe that I made exactly as instructed and it turned out perfect and tasty. Loved these. First time making tortillas, ever, and not only do they taste just like flour tortillas, they have the same texture! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Cheryce says:

    Would these be good for enchiladas? I love corn tortillas and I LOVE chicken verde enchilada casserole, but I need to cut down on carbs. I use extra chicken to up the protein, but I’d still like to cut carbs more. So I’m wondering how these would taste, since they are more like flour tortillas than corn (if you have a great corn tortilla alternative recipe, that would be amazing!).

    Thank you for your time and thoughts! 🙂

  12. Tino says:

    This is by far our favorite tortilla recipe! Is there any reason why mine don’t really puff up?

    I recently watched my mom make gorditas with traditional maseca and I started contemplating if it would be possible for these keto tortillas to puff up the same way in order to cut them up and make gorditas. I plan on experimenting this week by making these a little thicker and seeing if they puff up like traditional maseca so I can cut them open and stuff them with something.

  13. Arielle Mason says:

    When you say, can be frozen up to 3 months, do you mean the uncooked dough can be frozen 3 months in 26g balls? or that the cooked tortillas can be frozen?

  14. Carina says:

    I tried this Recipe and it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! So long without having a tortilla since I started this keto journey and it makes me soooo happy being able to enjoy this, just like a regular flour tortilla!! So thank you sooooo much!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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