Puffy Tortillas

I’ve got another 5 Minute Fix for you today! Making quick Puffy Tortillas is one of my favorite tricks to improve any Mexican dish. You’ve got to try this…

Puffy Tortillas #howto #mexican #mexicanfood

This is our second week of 5 Minute Fix. Recipes (or ideas) designed to improve your favorite go-to dishes, in 5 minutes or less, with minimal ingredients.

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Last week we started with Raspberry Maple Syrup, a great way to give your weekend pancakes a little wow-factor.

Today we are moving onto tortillas.

How to Make Puffy Tortillas #howto #mexican #mexicanfood

Tortillas. The blank-slate of Mexican cuisine, used to hold and wrap all sorts of spicy goodies.

But why do tortillas have to be so boring?

Seriously, just because the filling inside the tortillas has bold flavors and lots of texture, doesn’t mean the tortillas shouldn’t get a moment to shine.

Puffy Tortillas are the answer…

Easy Puffy Tortillas #howto #mexican #mexicanfood

Simply flash frying tortillas in hot oil brings out their wheaty flavor and creates a mind-blowing light crispy, yet flexible, texture with airy bubbles throughout. When frying, the tortillas puff up like balloons, then deflate a little, creating flaky layers.

When you fill puffy tortillas with chicken, beef, or veggies, the flaky texture complements the fillings without getting lost.

Puffy Tortillas make midweek tacos seem special, and at-home fajitas night better than going to your favorite Mexican restaurant.

I swear.

Once you try puffy tortillas, “Mexican Night” is going to happen a lot more often!


Cook Time: 20 seconds each

Puffy Tortillas


  • vegetable oil
  • flour tortillas


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Once the oil is smoking hot, use tongs to carefully add a tortilla to the hot oil. Cook for 5-10 seconds until golden brown, then flip and fry another 5-10 seconds. The tortilla with puff up like a balloon once flipped.
  3. Carefully pull the tortilla out of the hot oil and  place on a paper towel lined plate. Lightly sprinkle with salt and repeat, repeat, repeat!

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17 Responses to “Puffy Tortillas”

  1. #
    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) — March 4, 2014 @ 5:09 am

    Learn something new every day! I had no idea they puffed up. Can’t wait to try it.


  2. #
    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — March 4, 2014 @ 6:34 am

    Fun idea Sommer and so easy!


  3. #
    Nancy Long — March 4, 2014 @ 7:46 am

    It’s like imitation Indian Fry Bread, which I love – this is a definite try


  4. #
    Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainer — March 4, 2014 @ 7:32 am

    These look fantastic, Sommer. We love puffy tortillas! :)


  5. #
    Tieghan — March 4, 2014 @ 7:43 am

    What a cool trick! I cannot wait to try this one out! Thanks!


  6. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 4, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    Love the puff, what a neat trick!


  7. #
    RavieNomNoms — March 4, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    These are truly fantastic! Nice job!


  8. #
    Amanda — March 4, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    Awesome job, Summer! Definitely trying these out soon! :)


  9. #
    Meredith — March 4, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

    Fantastic idea!


  10. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — March 5, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    Mmmm… love puffy tortillas!!


  11. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 5, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

    I will totally have to try this! I’m a sucker for crispy tortillas!


  12. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 6, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    Beautiful! I want these with my next meal!!


  13. #
    leslie — March 6, 2014 @ 9:48 am

    There is nothing better than a fluffy puffy tortilla!


  14. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — March 9, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    I’ve never had a puffy tortilla but now I desperately want one or seven.


  15. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — March 17, 2014 @ 7:39 am

    Oh I am totally trying this!!! How fun!


  16. #
    Toby — May 5, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

    Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Tastes amazing. Melts in your mouth. Yummmmm


  17. #
    picalily — May 5, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

    Also works well with corn tortillas. Just made them.


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