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Cassava Flour Tortillas (gluten-free, paleo)


Posted by on September 7, 2016 / 42 Comments

Cassava flour tortillas are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and paleo-friendly. They’re perfect for tacos or fajitas and easy to make – watch the step-by-step video.

How to make cassava flour tortillas (plus an easy step-by-step video tutorial!). These tortillas are gluten-free, grain-free and paleo-friendly.

One of the many things I love about traveling the world is the inspiration I get with food. Venturing to far off lands not only rejuvenates my soul (which is nearly enough in itself), but also excites my taste buds. Smells, textures, spices, flavors. It’s glorious!

During my five months of traveling the world, I was fortunate to spend two whole months in Bali. Two. Whole. Months. If you followed my adventures on Instagram, you know I’m a fan of slow travel. Meaning, spending one to two months in one location. Becoming a local. Shopping in farmer’s markets, exploring the countryside, chatting up the neighbors. Truly living in a destination versus being a tourist. And it was doing this very thing in Bali recently where I learned of and became obsessed with cassava flour.

Click the image below to watch the cassava flour tortillas video:

 

Cassava flour breads, muffins, pancakes…you name it. And all ridiculously delicious. Cassava flour, along with rice flour, made traveling Bali as a celiac far easier than I ever imagined. And even though I don’t consume tons of rice at home, my body is fine with it – so I allow myself to indulge while traveling.

But back to the cassava flour. Let’s cut to the chase – it’s my new favorite thing. Especially after chatting up the owner of Oka’s Bakery in Canggu, Bali (who supplies many of the cassava-based, gluten-free breads to restaurants around Bali) – to get her thoughts on baking with cassava flour.

So after searching high and low for the last two weeks while I’ve been home, I’ve found that this flour is the best – and closest to what I used in Bali. If you’re gluten-free or grain-free cassava flour will open up so many new recipe options for you because it’s most similar to wheat flour in terms of a 1:1 replacement.

How to make cassava flour tortillas (plus an easy step-by-step video tutorial!). These tortillas are gluten-free, grain-free and paleo-friendly.

As I’m sure you can imagine, palm oils and shortening are also heavily used in Bali. There are quite a few palm trees after all! So I use this brand of palm shortening in the recipe. If you don’t have any on hand, I highly recommend you order some online. Palm shortening doesn’t have any trans fatty acids, which is a healthier alternative to Crisco. And it’s perfect for gluten-free baked-goods.

Let’s get to the game-changing cassava flour tortillas. One batch makes 6 small tortillas, but feel free to double the batch and freeze the rest. That’s what I do. Simply put parchment paper between them (to prevent any sticking), place them in a ziploc bag and put them in your freezer. Then, when you get a craving for oh, let’s say Pulled Pork Street Tacos, you’ll have them on the ready.

And lastly, if you’re itching to travel Bali…make sure to check out my comprehensive Bali Island Guide.

Enjoy!

Note: Recently I’ve been hearing from readers that other brands of cassava flour are gritty, sticky and/or don’t perform as well. I’ve been using Otto’s for years and I think in the case of cassava flour, it seems the brand really does make a difference.

Check out my other recipes using cassava flour tortillas:

Grilled Fish Tacos with Citrus Carrot Slaw
Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro, Lime, Bacon Slaw
Chicken and Avocado Burritos
Herbed Chevre, Spinach and Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Steak Fajitas
Herbed Cassava Tortilla Chips

And don’t forget to pin this recipe + video for later:

How to make cassava flour tortillas (plus an easy step-by-step video tutorial!). These tortillas are gluten-free, grain-free and paleo-friendly.

Cassava Flour Tortillas
 
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Cassava flour tortillas are gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and paleo-friendly. They're perfect for tacos or fajitas and easy to make.
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Serves: 6 tortillas
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  1. Add the first four dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.
  2. Add the palm shortening and knead into the dry ingredients for a minute. Your ingredients will still be dry and crumbly.
  3. Add the warm water and knead together for 2-3 minutes. At first the dough will be sticky, but as the flour absorbs the water it will become dryer and more pliable.
  4. When you have a mound of dough, roll it into a log shape in the bowl (like a tube of cookie dough). Then, slice it into 6 pieces. Take each piece and roll into a ball.
  5. If you have a tortilla press, take each ball of dough, place between two pieces of parchment paper and press into a flat tortilla. Without a tortilla press, take each ball of dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out into an approximate 6-inch circle.
  6. Heat up a non-stick or cast iron pan on medium-high heat. As the dry pan heats up, place one tortilla in the pan and cook for approximately one minute. Flip and cook the other side for an additional minute. Continue cooking all tortillas and transfer to a plate with a paper towel.
  7. Enjoy eating your cassava tortillas warm or freeze in batches for future use.

(Note: This recipe was originally posted May 2015, but was just updated to include new photos and my new video tutorial. For more video tutorials, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel).

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  • Dane

    Do these roll well into burritos?

    • They’re a bit thicker and not quite as bendy as store bought flour tortillas…but if you roll them extra thin they should work fine! :)

      • Veronica Jensen

        Hi :-)
        Do you know if we need to soak the flour before use it to reduce the goitrogen? And have you tried to soak it?

    • Nikki Gustine

      I made chimichangas with this dough, and it worked great.

      I divided the dough into 3 pieces, then rolled each piece into roughly a 9″ size, which was as large as I had the patience to do.

      I had to use the bottom parchment sheet to turn the tortillas onto the pan In one piece.

      If you cook them too long they will become brittle and crack when folding up the burrito.

      I fried my burritos in a couple of tablespoons of oil on the griddle to make them crispy chimichangas.

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  • fran

    I love your recipes. I do tend to think about ingredients that aren’t “local” … like casa va flour or coconut oil. .. and think about. .. have our own local resources been changed that bad that we can’t feed ourselves from what grows in our own country? ! Can we really live off of our farmer markets if we require goods from other countries?… what are your thoughts? !

  • Polly

    I’ve tried both your recipe and the one at Fork and Beans, and your choice of leavenings gave me a much better result, with consistent puffing.

    I tried a few different moisture levels and found that a very, very soft dough turned out the best. With a wet dough, I was able to avoid the rough edges and wrinkles. Between sheets of baking parchment, I used a tortilla press then finished off with a rolling pin. Because the dough was so wet, I removed the top sheet of parchment but didn’t even try to remove the bottom sheet until it was on the hot comal. A few seconds on the heat and the dough sticks to the metal, allowing the top sheet of paper to be carefully peeled off. Using a wetter dough it is possible to get nice spotting on a very thin tortilla without it drying out.

    As well as having a nice flavour, these tortillas are super stretchy, even more pliable than wheat flour tortillas. The tortillas I made were about 7″, but keeping the dough on the paper for easy transfer to the pan, I think the size of the paper and the size of the pan are all that would limit the size you could make; giant burritos here I come!

    I used Brazilian cassava flour, regrinding in a blender and sieving out any remaining larger grains. It would be a lot easier to use Ottos!

    Thank you for the recipe.

    • Wow, thanks Polly for such a helpful and thorough comment! I’m sure your feedback will be beneficial to others. :) x

    • K.T.

      Thanks for the recipe. I still have to buy some cassava flour, which I do not thing is available locally. Is your press Victoria brand? What size / kind do you recommend in a moderate price range. I’ve read a lot of reviews and most are not very happy with their aluminum ones.

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  • francesca schroer

    This video was so great! I love the simplicity of your videos…from the recipe to the atmosphere. I think I’m ready to try these : )

    • Oh, you just made my day Francesca! Thanks so much for that wonderful feedback. And yes, give these a go…you’ll be glad you did! :) x

  • TioJonh

    But Cassava flour has to much carbo ?

  • Johanna

    Hi Lisa, would love to try the tortillas, but haven’t found cassava flour in any health food shop (Sydney) yet! Where do you buy it please? Thanks!!

    • Hi Johanna – The brand I use – Otto’s Cassava Flour – now ships to Australia! http://www.ottosnaturals.com/ Check out their website. :)

    • Tabitha

      I make cassava flour with cassava root. If you can find cassava root it is easy. Just peal the root, grate it, dehydrate it ( use a dehydrator for 12-24 hours), then blend it into powder. It takes less water then the Otto’s but produces the same texture. Just adjust water levels as needed.

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  • Julie Conkling Babb

    Wonderful video & recipe! love cooking with cassava flour & agree is Otto’s is the best.
    mine are a little “moist” in the center, so cooked longer than 1 min per side. I’ll try the cast iron pan on the next batch! thanks.

    • So glad you liked the recipe and video Julie! Yes, cooking times can fluctuate depending on how thick they are, the type of pan, etc. I’m sure your next batch will be perfect! :) x

      • Julie Conkling Babb

        One of the wet ones puffed beautifully when I reheated it! What a treat w butter! Yum! Thanks

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  • Ozzy

    Do I freeze them after they are flattened (pre-cooked) or after I cook them? Have you tried it before? Thanks!

  • Brandon Eid

    Hey I tried this recipe twice and both times my dough is super sticky. No way to flatten it out. The water seems to cause the problem

    • Hi Brandon – I recently heard this from another reader using JEB cassava flour. What brand were you using? Unfortunately not all cassava flour is produced similarly, which is why I only recommend using Otto’s cassava flour (and I added a disclaimer above). Once that other reader switched brands to Otto’s she said her tortillas turned out beautifully!

      • Brandon Eid

        I got hearthy foods cassava flour

    • Kathy Boyd Gannon

      I used Anthony’s and it worked great. Not gooey or sticky at all. So you might just try another brand of cassava flour.

  • Jeannie Gilbertson

    I discovered Cassava Flour accidentally after purchasing gluten and dairy free ice cream called SO DELICIOUS and it is DELICIOUS! In reading the ingredients I noticed something new…CASSAVA FLOUR…! googled it to learn about it and came across LIsa’s Cassava Tortilla recipe! I purchased JEB Foods flour, did exactly what the recipe said and the dough was runny like pudding, I had to add 3/4 cup more flour and still could not get it to work without sticking and tearing. After 2 hrs I gave up. I contacted JEB Foods and told them I would never buy it again! They told me they are going back to their lab to make some changes in harvesting and processing…and asked if they could send me a new sample upon completion…we’ll see…makes me nervous to every try it again. Anyway….I purchased Otto’s Flour and WA-LA, I have beautiful tortillas and my grandsons and daughter are so so happy!! Thank you LIsa!!

    • I’m so happy the tortillas finally worked out for you Jeannie! And thanks so much for posting your comment as I know it will greatly help others! :) x

  • wyocowboy

    do they fold without breaking? that’s my issue with gluten free tortillas.

    • Yes, absolutely! Just to a search on the recipes page for tacos and burritos and you’ll see all the recipes I’ve made folding and rolling them. :)

  • Kathy Boyd Gannon

    I made these recently – had tacos – and they were FREAKING AMAZING!!! I didn’t have the Otto’s brand Cassava flour. I had Anthony’s and it worked great. There is a little grit in it but hey, it’s been so long since I’ve had tortillas a little grit doesn’t bother me!!! I’ll get some Otto’s next time and see if there’s a difference. Tonight I was DYING for a cheese crisp. I know. Not totally Paleo. But I NEEDED it. I took a tortilla, put it in a non-stick frying pan, browned it on one side, flipped it over, melted some fat-free cheese on it and I’m telling you, I’ve died and gone to heaven!!!! Oh the possibilities with these tortillas! I haven’t had tortillas in almost three years of doing Paleo, which I do believe in. But man, I’m thrilled to have this option!!! And they’re delicious!!!!! And soft! Like Cafe Rio’s tortillas! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!

    • Yay – I’m so thrilled to hear that Kathy! Amazing what delicious options open up with these tortillas, right? Make sure you check out some of my other taco recipes. ;) And thanks for the feedback on Anthony’s brand – that’s good to know! Enjoy! :) x

  • Kornelia Boros

    Hi guys I’m so delighted to read or your comments about the cassava flour. I’ve been using it myself for the past two years since we have taken up this journey to heal my son’s RA. It has literally saved his life however I am a bit worried about the gritty texture of the one that I can afford it’s the MP brand available at my local African shop. I wonder what could that be ? Is it sand or something else?…: (
    Can anyone suggest me a good brand at affordable price? I know Otto’s is the most recommended one but it’s so expensive I can not afford it.
    Lisa I’m loving your recipes they are all fabulous! Thanks for them : )
    Kornelia

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