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  • Brittany Ainsworth

Zero Waste Tortillas

Updated: Aug 7, 2018

Unless you live in Mexico with a little ol' lady on the corner making fresh tortillas, you'll have a hard time finding them package free. Curb your cravings by learning to make your very own Zero Waste tortillas here!

Living as just the two of us, a regular package of tortillas from the supermarket contains between 8 and 10 tortillas which we never manage to finish. The extras always end up going stale and landing in the compost bin.

However with a Zero Waste tortilla recipe this simple and delicious I'll won't ever go back to packaged tortillas again! There is nothing like making fresh tacos with warm tortillas, I even sneak an extra one with just plain butter and salt. Muy deliciosa!

This tortilla recipe is beautifully Zero Waste as you can gather your ingredients at any bulk store and it's so easy anyone can give it a go. Just knowing that no waste is created using this tortilla recipe makes them taste even better!

Zero Waste Tortillas


  • 2 cups self raising flour

  • 3/4 cup warm water

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  • Combine flour and salt together

  • Create a well in the centre of the flour/salt mixture then add the warm water and olive oil. Mix the ingredients together to form a dough

  • Turn onto a floured surface and knead 10-12 times. Add flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough

  • Let rest for 10 minutes with the mixing bowl turned over and placed on top to keep warm

  • Divide the dough into 8 portions and roll each portion into a rough circle

  • Heat a large nonstick pan with a light coating of olive oil and cook each tortilla until lightly browned, about a minute on each side

  • Keep your Zero Waste tortillas warm after you've cooked them by placing an up turned mixing bowl on top of them

Eat while these Zero Waste tortillas are HOT!

*If cooking for later heat up your Zero Waste tortillas in the microwave or on the pan

To make Zero Waste tortilla chips cut into shape and bake in the oven at 180 degrees until crisp. Add your favorite seasonings and devour with guacamole.

Let me know how you went in the comments below!

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