Paleo & Gluten-Free Tortillas

If you’re new to paleo, you’re probably shouting, “Where’s the bread?” Yeah, I know it’s a tough craving to get over…

My hubby and I have lived without wheat bread for a year now. And honestly, it took a long time before we got past it.

This recipe is for those of you who need an occasional paleo-approved “bread” for recipes that would just not be as good without it. Think enchiladas and even a paleo burrito or soft taco. Keep in mind these tortillas include tapioca starch so I’d recommend you limit them to just the “occasional” dish to round out your paleo diet.

If you’re a paleo newbie, I also suggest you consider going on a Whole30-type diet before allowing yourself to indulge in paleo tortillas and similar recipes. (Whole30 is basically 30 consecutive days of consuming whole foods with no cheating, and no paleo-fied recipes that contain things like coconut flour or tapioca flour.) Why? Because you need time to change your mindset and discover what it feels like to fuel your body with non-inflamatory and hormone-balancing real food. It’s a great challenge that will get you on the right track – I highly recommend it.

If I never have a slice of bread again, I’ll be perfectly fine. I’m totally over wheat. I just don’t want to be the one that derails your new paleo lifestyle by introducing you to a bread-like recipe too soon.

That being said, here’s my paleo version of gluten-free tortillas. Let me say this was quite the process. But I’m really happy with how they turned out. My friend Keri from Passion for Paleo inspired me when she talked about her recipe. I played with the coconut flour, tapioca flour and coconut milk like she mentioned. I went with the same base ingredients and then experimented for a couple of days.

This recipe is the result. Soft enough to make an enchilada and they also work great as a wrap for lunch. They really are delicious! I like lettuce wraps, but these are a yummy alternative. I stored my leftover tortillas in the fridge and they held up well. Just keep them in a air tight container and you’ll have wraps ready to grab for a quick meal!

Tapioca flour can be found on the shelves of most supermarkets these days, as well as specialty stores like Whole Foods or Sprout’s, and even at Amazon.com. The best part, tapioca flour is cheap – yay!

I hope you give this easy paleo and gluten-free tortilla recipe a try and let me know what you think! If you need a little extra help preparing these, watch the quick demonstration video below the recipe.

P.S. Stay tuned for slow-cooked paleo enchiladas! My next recipe will show you how to use this quick tortilla recipe to whip up an easy and hearty paleo dish everyone in the family is sure to love. :)

Paleo & Gluten-Free Tortillas Recipe

Paleo & Gluten-Free Tortillas Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1 cup of full fat coconut milk (or you can use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 tbs of olive oil
  • 3/4 cup of tapioca flour
  • 3 tbs of coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the above wet ingredients (including the tablespoon of oil)
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients together (salt and flours)
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl and whisk until fully combined
  4. Season your pan with olive oil (we used a 10" non-stick pan)
  5. Heat pan on medium to medium-low heat
  6. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into center of pan to form about a 6" circle
  7. Cook for 2-3 minutes until tortilla is lightly browned on the bottom
  8. Flip and cook about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on the opposite side until browned
  9. Place tortillas on a paper towel-lined plate
  10. Makes about 6 tortillas about 6-inches around
http://www.paleonewbie.com/paleo-gluten-free-tortillas-recipe/

Need some help? Here’s a quick demonstration:

Comments

  1. Kris

    Can I use regular milk? I have celiac and have just found out that I am allergic to rice and corn. So much for all my gluten free recipes..Thank you.

    • Hi Kris…sorry about your celiac…hopefully you’re under a smart physician’s care for that and staying away from wheat proteins. As for your rice and corn allergies, real paleo recipes avoid those grains because they can cause digestive problems. So if your gluten-free recipes call for those ingredients, I suggest you switch to paleo recipes instead! And finally to answer your original question, I haven’t tried to make these tortillas with regular milk so I honestly don’t know if they’d turn out or not. And just so you know, most paleo recipes avoid dairy ingredients as well!

  2. Willow

    I, too, thought the oil was for the pan, so it helped to read the comments. However, I’m allergic to eggs and so I tried to substitute ground flax seeds and wound up with a gelatinous mess. I’m also allergic to corn and rice….. So…… Sigh…. I guess no tortillas for me. :(

  3. Aimee

    These were DELICIOUS! The first one didn’t come out because I thought the oil was for the pan and didn’t put it in the batter. After I realized my mistake, they turned out perfectly. They’re so tasty! Thank you SO MUCH for this recipe. =]

    • Aimee, yay! So glad they worked out for you. :) Last week I made them and spread the batter really thin and made crepes. This recipe is very versatile. I’ve also clarified in the recipe’s instructions to include the oil when you combine the wet ingredients so hopefully others will avoid that mistake in the future. Thanks for your comment!

  4. Brenda

    I’ve completed the Whole30 twice now….and actually don’t miss bread very often. But I DO miss tortillas! I have all these ingredients on hand so I’m going to try this recipe soon! Sounds like they are great! Question: Since I’m the only one in my household who is truly and completely staying on Paleo, I don’t think I’ll eat up a batch of these before they go bad. Do you happen to know if/how they will freeze? That way I can keep them around for those tortilla cravings, but make them last longer. Thanks!!

  5. Cass

    I used Hazelnut flour and they worked just fine!!! Best tortilla ever! So I think almond flour would work too in this case.

  6. Arlene

    These tortillas are absolutely wonderful and so easy. My husband just loves them. So quick to make and have lovely flavour too!!!

  7. Anonymous

    These are great when used for a rolled sandwich ie chicken salad,tuna,bacon and scrambled egg. Who needs bread?

  8. Anonymous

    I do not have any coconut flour, wondering how almond flour would work? I have the tapioca flour. Do you think that subsitution would alter the recipe?

  9. Elizabeth Blackford

    Oh my god! these are absolutely A-mazing!! I substituted the olive oil for coconut oil, and substituted the milk with Unsweetened Almond Coconut Milk. My husband is the finickiest of eaters & he loved it! Thanks so much!! This totally fits into my low carb life :)

    • Hi Elizabeth! Yay! So glad the tortillas are husband approved! Makes life easier in the kitchen right? :) I’m glad you liked them and mentioned the almond mild substitute. I should mention that on the recipe as others with coconut allergies have said it works well. Thank you so much for your comment. I really appreciate it!

  10. Shari

    I am so happy to have found this recipe :-) I made them tonight and they are the closest to an actual flour tortilla that I have come across. I guess they are more like a crape but works for me. I want them to make sandwich wraps and think they will work fine for them. I made burritos tonight. Took me a couple of them to get the cooking right. I also replaced the Coconut flour with Rice flour as I am allergic to coconut. I don’t think it made much of difference and the taste is awesome. Question though… I found them just a little too greasy.I only used cooking spray in my pan. If I left out the oil would that mess them up?

    • Shari, feel free to leave out the oil. I’m sure they will be ok. I haven’t made them with light coconut milk, but that might help a little as well. I’m glad you liked the recipe! :)

  11. Kevin H

    Did this last night for tacos!! Phenomenal! They hold together probably better than normal tortillas and they are really easy to make! I was surprised and just how well they solidified in the pan and stayed together for the tacos! I ended up making a second batch that I will use for lunch wraps the rest of the week. Thank you Trina!!

    • Hi Kevin! Wow! Thank you so much for your comment. I’m so happy you tried the recipe. A lot of people think they will be too hard to make, but as you said, they are really easy! I’m glad you enjoyed them and appreciate you taking the time let me know. :)

  12. Jessica

    Wow! These are delicious! Love that they are more crepe like – will be a fine replacement for the Swedish thins I used to make on the weekend. Worked great as a tortilla for my tacos tonight. I made them in a cast iron skillet at about medium-medium high with a little butter. Had enough to freeze for later. This is the first recipe I’ve made from this site – will definitely coming here for more! Thank you!

    • Thank you so much Jessica! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I love them too, especially with tacos and enchilladas! Thank you for your kind words! :)

  13. Julia

    Made these tonight and they ended up more like crepes (delicious ones!) but not like the thin store-bought tortillas I was hoping for. I added xanthan gum, so maybe that is why I had that problem, but the recipe is definitely yummy. I won’t be able to use them for quesadillas like I was hoping but definitely for other types of wraps or desserts.

    • Hi Julia! Thanks for your comment. Yes, they are more crepe like. I try really hard to keep all the ingredients to my recipes easy so people aren’t scared away. I was trying for a less eggy wrap than I had tried with other recipes. I’m happy with the result but agree they aren’t quite like the tortillas were used to from the grocery stores. That would require far more ingredients and probably not Paleo friendly. I appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

  14. Bev

    Hi Trina,
    I am new to the Paleo concept and landed on your site. I just tried your tortilla recipe but with low fat coconut milk. Oh YUM! what a great transition from wheat bread. thank you!
    I look forward to trying many more recipes.

  15. Marguerite

    Hi Trina, I’m keen to try this recipe with the aim of finding something that could be used for wheat-free “tortilla” baskets. Have you tried baking these tortillas yet in moulded form? Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks. Marguerite

    • Hi Marguerite, I have not baked or tried to mold these tortillas so I can’t tell you how it would work. If you try it please let me know how it goes. :)

  16. Staci

    Made these tonight. They brown nicely and look great. They are flexible and moist like a crepe, but they are not oily or eggy. They did not rip. They are filling and work great with the avocado tuna recipe. The whole family really liked it. Thank you!

    • Staci, thank you so much! I’m glad your family enjoyed them. I really appreciate you stopping by to comment. It’s a super easy alternative to tortillas.

  17. Anonymous

    Made these tonight. They browned nicely and looked delicious. The texture has more of a crepe feel to it. They are moist and flexible and they are not oil sponges. I made them with the tuna. My 14 year old ate a ton and wants to eat it again. The wraps would be good used in enchiladas, breakfast wraps, or with toppings, like a crepe. Thank you!

    • I’m glad your family enjoyed them. They are kinda like a crepe, but thicker. I agree, they are very versatile. I really appreciate your comment and taking the time to stop by!

  18. Stefani

    Has anyone tried to see how long they last in the Fridge? Its going on almost 2 1/2 weeks and they still look good.

    • Stefani, I would not go past 1 week. If you want to keep them longer, you can freeze with a paper towel between each tortilla in a freezer bag. They thaw out fine. :)

    • Kevin, I haven’t tried them with almond flour. I was trying for a texture close to tortillas. If you try it, let me know how it works out. I’m planning on working with this recipe more in the future. :)

  19. Shari

    This is great, I am looking forward to making these. I have 8 kids and so finding things I can make myself will be great. My son may have celiac disease, we find out in April, and he could live off of tortillas. I am taking the whole family paleo”ish” with the focus on losing the gluten and grains, not so much the starch though. I love when I can find recipes that will mimic some of my sons favorite foods. I two questions: #1 is Tapioca starch the same as tapioca flour? I have the tapioca starch here at home. I am just getting into these new types of ingredients. ;) #2 any ideas on what the carbs might be on one of these babies? My hubby is type 1 diabetic, been paleo”ish” since December and doing great. I am trying cauliflower wraps for him, but not sure he will like those as much. We do like tacos here at the house since its an easy cheap meal for my large family.

    • Shari, you are one busy lady! Wow. ;) I had a hard time with two kids! To answer your questions, 1. Tapioca flour and tapioca starch are the same. It depends on where you buy then and the manufacturer.
      2. Tapioca flour is fairly high in carbs. Not as much as in rice flours, but definitely not a good as coconut or almond flour. I chose tapioca for this recipe because I wanted the texture. We only make them once in a while, when we have an an occasional taco or enchilada.
      Hope this helps. Thanks for checking out our site! :)

      • Shari

        I finally made these, made them twice actually, once with tapioca flour and once with arrow root powder. One thing I am finding is the batter seems gritty, which in turn makes the wrap a bit gritty. They are good, but I must be doing something wrong. I think its the coconut flour that is getting gritty, and it all sinks to the bottom of the bowl. I am using my homemade coconut flour from my coconut milk pulp, can’t afford store bought CO flour. Any suggestions? Oh and usually my coconut milk is made fresh right before getting ready to make the wraps, I use The Paleo Mom’s recipe.

        • Shari, I think it must be your coconut flour. No one else has commented on a gritty texture or it sinking to the bottom of the bowl. I admire that you’re making your own flour and milk. That’s awesome! Maybe you can find a way to make the flour a more fine texture? I’m not sure as I have not made coconut flour before.

  20. Grace

    I made a double batch of these using a can of coconut cream from Trader Joe’s. It made 10 crapes/tortillas and we filled them with Pear mango compote and drizzled honey and sprinkled cinnamon. Yummy!

  21. Janet

    Been doing whole 30/paleo for about a year and half. in my past, if I had allowed myself I would have eaten bread or tortillas with every meal. Made these tonight and they were not only EASY but very tasty. I travel on business and have found sticking to the plan proves to be challenging when on the road. This will definitely help with the challenge. I have to say that your website is my “go to site” when looking for recipes. I have yet to be disappointed in anything I have made!
    Thanks so much!

    • Hi Janet! What a great review of the tortillas! I waited a year before I made them because I needed to be sure I was off the bread train. And like you, these prove to be nice for the occasional wrap or enchilada. I like your idea of taking them when traveling as well! Thank you so much for stopping by to comment. I really appreciate it! :)

  22. Pat

    Are you able to freeze these? Or how long can I refridgerate them for. I like to cook and plan for the week or sometimes two at a time.

  23. Anonymous

    I made these for dinner tonight as per the instructions. They turned out fantastic and tasted great. Will definitely be a regular in our house.

  24. Marla3206

    Through research this morning I am finding different info on tapioca flour versus tapioca starch. They both seem incredibly high in carbs and I was wondering if you knew how it rates on the glycemic scale? If it is high, do you know of a good substitute? Thanks

  25. Kim

    Trina, these were amazing! I was finally able to make and eat quesadillas! To be honest I also took the first one I made and spread organic raspberry jam on it and rolled it and ate it. I haven’t had a crepe in a year now and it was soooo good! Shout out to passion for paleo for bringing this recipe up on her Facebook page

    • Kim, I’m so glad you liked them as much as I did! Keri from Passion for Paleo is a inspiration to me in more ways than one. All I had to do was play with her ingredients and, bam! My hubby smothered his first one in honey, so I get you’re excitement. We were happy here too! Thanks for you’re comment! :)

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