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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.

5 Minute Fix on ASpicyPerspective.com

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!

Puffy Tortillas

Cook Time: 20 seconds each


  • 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)posted March 4, 2014 at 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 Livingposted March 4, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Fun idea Sommer and so easy!


  3. Nancy Longposted March 4, 2014 at 7:46 am

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


  4. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainerposted March 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

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


  5. Tieghanposted March 4, 2014 at 7:43 am

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


  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted March 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Love the puff, what a neat trick!


  7. RavieNomNomsposted March 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    These are truly fantastic! Nice job!


  8. Amandaposted March 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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


  9. Meredithposted March 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Fantastic idea!


  10. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted March 5, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Mmmm… love puffy tortillas!!


  11. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted March 5, 2014 at 10:31 pm

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


  12. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 6, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Beautiful! I want these with my next meal!!


  13. leslieposted March 6, 2014 at 9:48 am

    There is nothing better than a fluffy puffy tortilla!


  14. Rebecca {foodie with family}posted March 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

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


  15. shelly (cookies and cups)posted March 17, 2014 at 7:39 am

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


  16. Tobyposted May 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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


  17. picalilyposted May 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Also works well with corn tortillas. Just made them.


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