Is it cheaper? Flour tortilla recipe

Homemade Cheap Tortillas
  • Total recipe cost | R 9.15
  • Recipe yields | 8 tortillas
  • Cost per tortilla | R 1.14

Ever question the cost of flour tortillas at the shop? You probably should – even though the cost has come down as more bakeries produce them.

Take a look at how much it costs to make and buy flour tortillas in South Africa.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Cheap Vegan Tortilla Stack

These vegan flour tortillas take a little more time than throwing them in your shopping trolley, but they’re way, way cheaper. That makes it worth the effort if you’ve got a little time on your hands. Plus, you can cook them, and pop them in the freezer, divided by baking paper. Awesome, right?

Yields: 8 tortillas

  • 3 cups flour | R 6.48
  • ½ teaspoon salt | R 0.03
  • ¼ cup margarine | R 2.64
  • ¾-1 cup water, cold | R 0.00

Make and roll your dough | Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the margarine and mix fully. Slowly add the water (you may not need all of it) and mix until you've got a stiff dough. Divide into 12 pieces and roll out into thin, flat circles.

Fry tortillas | Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and dry-fry a tortilla for 10-15 seconds, until it begins to bubble. Flip and repeat on the other side. Continue until you've fried all your tortillas.

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes

Is it cheaper to make or buy tortillas?

It’s definitely cheaper to make vegan tortillas at home. But, it will take some time and muscle. If you’re short on time, then it’s worth adding tortillas to your Checkers shopping list.


R 34.99 | 6

R 5.83 each

R34.99 | 6

R 5.83 each


R 28.99 | 6

R 4.83 each

Where would I buy tortillas in Johannesburg?

Though it’s much, much cheaper to make vegan tortillas at home, I can’t pretend that I’m so organised I do it all the time – even though these are definitely a staple in my house. 

If I’m planning to make anything in the Mexican or Tex-Mex genre, I usually add a pack of tortillas to my list and pick the up wherever I’m shopping. That’s true whether I’m serving the meal with tortillas or not; they’re useful for sopping up the leftovers. 

Cheap Vegan Tortillas

The one thing I wouldn’t do is succumb to the well-overpriced Old El Paso tortillas. These are great when you’re in the US, but once you add in the cost of importing them (usually for a cost of R95 for 8), you should expect an enormous leap in quality. You’re not going to get that. In fact, you’re going to lose some shelf-life. 

But, truly, if I had my act together, I would just always make a double batch of my homemade flour tortillas and freeze half for later use. (Just layer them with baking paper between the tortillas for ease of use.)

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