How to make a 6-inch tortilla?

In this article, we will answer the question “How to make a 6-inch tortilla?”, and how to trim tortillas? 

Read on if you want to know what variations and recipes you could try with flour tortillas. 

How to make a 6-inch tortilla?

4 inches (for corn tortillas) and 7 or 12 inches (for flour tortillas) is what is considered a generic tortilla size. However, you can roll the tortilla dough into the diameter of your choice. Below is the recipe for a not-so-common 6-inch tortilla.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil, or other fairly neutral-flavored oil
  • 1 cup warm water


To make by hand: 

  1. In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, and baking powder using a silicone spatula or a wooden spoon.
  1. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour water and oil into it. Mix everything until you get a shaggy ball of dough.
  1. Place the sticky dough onto a floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes or until the dough is soft and smooth. Continue with step number 3 below to complete the recipe.

To make with a mixer:

  1. Pour baking powder, salt, and flour into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer attached with the dough hook. Let the hook stir everything until well-combined.
  1. While the mixer is running, add the water and oil into the dry mixture. Let the mixer run for about 1-2 minutes at medium speed. When the dough starts to come together, reduce the speed to low and continue mixing for another 1 minute.
  1. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Dust each dough piece with some flour and roll it into a ball. Then flatten the dough ball with the palm of your hands. Cover the dough balls with a clean kitchen towel. Let them sit for at least 15 minutes or as much as 2 hours if you aren’t pressed for time.
  1. Onto a lightly floured work surface, press the dough balls into a 6 or 7-inch round sheet using a roller pin. It is not recommended to stack the uncooked tortillas to prevent them from sticking. If you do stack them, use parchment paper in between each tortilla.
  1. Place one dough circle into a heated pan. Cook for 45 seconds or until the top surface of the tortilla turns bubbly and the bottom surface has a few brown spots. Flip and cook for about 15-20 seconds. If either side takes more than a minute to cook, increase the heat. Conversely, decrease the heat if the tortillas cook too fast.
  1. Use tongs to transfer the tortillas from the hot pan to a covered container or a zippered bag. Carefully stack the tortillas.
  1. Serve warm or store for later.
  1. Before serving the tortillas from storage, stack them in a container lined with a damp paper towel at the bottom. Microwave the tortillas, uncovered, for about 15-30 seconds. Check after the first 15 seconds to prevent overheating.
  1. Store in an airtight container or zippered bag at room temperature for 24 hours or refrigerate for up to 1 week. Before freezing, place a parchment paper or waxed paper as a separator between each tortilla stacked in a zippered bag.

Tortilla variations 

Make the tortillas thinner: Divide the dough into 22 equal portions instead of 16.

Make the tortillas thicker: Divide the dough into 12 portions instead of 16 if you like your tortillas thicker.

Make the tortillas a different size: If you are inclined towards smaller or even larger tortillas, you can adjust the size of the dough portion to meet your needs.

Use a different fat: Instead of the regular vegetable oil, you can use lard, butter, coconut oil, or even avocado oil.

Use a different flour: Instead of using the all-purpose flour, try using whole wheat flour. Plus tortillas made from whole grains are nutritionally superior to regular tortillas.

Nutrition facts 

Calories 124 kcal
Carbohydrates 18g
Fat 4g
Saturated fat 3g
Protein 2g
Sodium 146 mg
Potassium 50 mg
Calcium 14%
Iron 1.1%

How to trim tortillas? 

  1. Place the large tortilla onto a flat cutting surface. Make sure the surface is clean. 
  1. Place a plate, smaller in size to the tortilla, over the tortilla, to cut below its circumference.
  1. Run a knife around the tortilla just below the plate.
  1. Pull off the excess tortilla and set it aside.
  1. Lift the plate and your trimmed tortilla is ready to be used.

What are some recipes that use tortillas

Tortillas are a staple for Mexican cuisine. Some recipe inspirations to try with tortillas are Cheese and Bean Enchiladas, Breakfast Roll-ups, Veggie Wraps, David’s Breakfast Burritos, Poblano, Mushroom, and Potato Tacos, etc.

Other FAQs about Tortillas that you may be interested in.

Can tortillas go bad in the fridge?

Can you freeze tortilla shells?

Do flour tortillas go bad

Can I freeze corn tortillas


In this article, we answered the question “How to make a 6-inch tortilla?”, and how to trim tortillas.