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!

Puffy Tortillas

Cook Time:20 seconds each

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  • 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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20 comments on “Puffy Tortillas

  1. Christineposted April 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Trying this recipe recommended by a friend with the “best slow cooker carnitas!” Has anyone tried it with corn tortillas? Wondering if it will work the same?

    • Sommerposted April 10, 2018 at 9:47 pm Reply

      Hi Christine,

      When you fry corn tortillas they don’t really puff up. Instead they turn into tortilla chips… or Tostadas! :)

  2. Angelaposted October 2, 2016 at 4:40 pm Reply

    I know this is an old post, but I thought I’d share the way we puff our tortillas, and its so much more healthy. We get whole wheat tortillas, rub olive oil on one side of the tortilla, add some of our favourite spices and bake in the oven on 350 – 400 until they’re puffed & toasty in colour. They are YUM!! We love to dip it in Hummus!

  3. picalilyposted May 5, 2014 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Also works well with corn tortillas. Just made them.

    Rating: 5
  4. Tobyposted May 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm Reply

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

    Rating: 5
  5. shelly (cookies and cups)posted March 17, 2014 at 7:39 am Reply

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

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

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

  7. leslieposted March 6, 2014 at 9:48 am Reply

    There is nothing better than a fluffy puffy tortilla!

    Rating: 5
  8. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted March 6, 2014 at 7:19 am Reply

    Beautiful! I want these with my next meal!!

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

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

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

    Mmmm… love puffy tortillas!!

    Rating: 5
  11. Meredithposted March 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Fantastic idea!

  12. Amandaposted March 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm Reply

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

  13. RavieNomNomsposted March 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm Reply

    These are truly fantastic! Nice job!

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

    Love the puff, what a neat trick!

  15. Tieghanposted March 4, 2014 at 7:43 am Reply

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

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

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

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

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

  18. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted March 4, 2014 at 6:34 am Reply

    Fun idea Sommer and so easy!

  19. Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)posted March 4, 2014 at 5:09 am Reply

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