4-Ingredient Cassava Flour Tortillas | GF, Paleo + Nut-Free!

These 4 Ingredient Cassava Flour Tortillas are gluten-free, healthy, paleo, nut-free, and clean eating, which makes them a great addition to your healthy lifestyle. They are soft, chewy, perfect for your favorite Mexican dishes, and so easy to make!

How to Make Cassava Flour Tortillas | Gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, and healthy cassava flour tortillas recipe + step by step guide for making them | A Sweet Pea Chef

This is not the first time I’m venturing in the healthy tortillas land. In fact, I’ve been here many times before and I shared not one, not 2, but 3 healthy tortilla recipes with you: sweet potato tortillas, spinach tortillas, and cauliflower tortillas.

This time around, I didn’t add any veggie or leafy green to give tortillas different flavors. Instead, I’ve made them taste like actual flour tortillas. Yes, I’m talking about the flour tortillas made with all-purpose flour and lard. Woot! How?

Cassava flour is the answer!

Out of all cassava flour recipes, I was the most excited for these cassava tortillas. Because they open the door to soooooo many yummy meals. I’ll talk about that later. And I’ll share more recipes using cassava flour in the future since my first attempt was so yummy.

One more thing about these tortillas – they are soft and chewy and just perfect. Get ready for some goodness, friends!

Top view of 3 cassava - the root veggie that makes cassava flour.Separated ingredients for cassava flour tortillas including: cassava flour, sea salt, coconut oil, and water.

HOW TO MAKE CASSAVA FLOUR TORTILLAS

When making tortillas with cassava flour, you have to remember that they are very easy to make since cassava flour is similar to wheat flour when used in baked goods, pancakes or most other foods. That means the ratio is 1:1 with all-purpose flour, which means anyone can easily make these grain free tortillas.

What’s really awesome about cassava flour tortillas is that, despite being grain-free, gluten-free, and nut-free, they are similar with the tortillas we grew up with – oh, so exciting!

Aside from cassava flour, to make this cassava flour tortilla recipe, you’ll need…

  • sea salt;
  • melted coconut oil (you can replace coconut oil with olive oil or avocado oil if you want);
  • warm water.

Making gluten free tortillas was never this easy. Thank you, cassava flour!

Top view of cassava flour in a mixing bowl.

ARE CASSAVA TORTILLAS HEALTHY?

Shockingly, we’ve got some healthy tortillas, folks. I say shocking because they seriously taste like normal flour tortillas. These healthy tortillas contain:

  • vitamins – thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin C;
  • minerals – magnesium and calcium;
  • protein – 2.8g per cup;
  • fiber – 3.7g per cup.

This gluten free tortilla recipe makes more than gluten-free tortillas, it actually makes healthy tortillas that are good for you.

Pretty impressive, right?

Mixing ingredients for cassava tortilla in a mixing bowl.Kneading the dough for the cassava tortillas.

WHAT IS CASSAVA FLOUR?

Cassava flour is made from, you guessed it, cassava. To make cassava flour, the cassava root is peeled, dried, and then grounded. Cassava is a starchy root, the same root veggie that gives us tapioca.  The more you know about it, the more you love it!  However, don’t confuse tapioca flour with cassava flour. It’s a common misconception and the confusion is understandable. Tapioca flour is a starch extracted from the cassava root, while cassava flour is the entire root turned into flour.

This wonderful root veggie is very popular in South America and it has a nutty flavor that’s just perfect for healthy tortillas.

WHAT IS YUCCA?

What about yucca… what is that? Is it the same as cassava or the fact that people think it is the same thing is another common misconception?

Yes, another misconception, my friends. Yucca is a root veggie, too. And it looks pretty similar to cassava, leading to these 2 veggies being mislabeled all the time. But they are not the same root.

Divide dough into 6 portions to make cassava flour.

PROS AND CONS OF CASSAVA FLOUR

Let me start this pros and cons list by saying cassava is not dangerous. You can use cassava flour without worrying you’ll get sick. Since unprocessed cassava root contains cyanide components, people label cassava as toxic and they don’t touch it. But cyanide can also be found in spinach or almonds. And we’re not giving those up. So don’t do it with cassava, either. You’ll be perfectly safe if you don’t eat it raw.

On the pros list we have everything we talked about so far:

  • cassava flour is great for people with different dietary needs since it’s GF, paleo, grain-free, and nut-free;
  • it’s healthy and nutritious;
  • it’s easy to use and it can replace all-purpose flour in many, many recipes;
  • the taste is similar to the taste of all-purpose flour.

When it comes to cons, the only thing I can possibly say is that cassava is expensive compared to other flours. But it’s worth it.

How to make tortillas with tortilla press: step one place cover the tortilla press with parchment paper and place a dough on it, in the middle. Close the the tortilla press can be seen a tortilla that's already been made with the press.

HOW TO USE TORTILLA PRESS

To make these paleo tortillas, you can use a tortilla press. Or, if you don’t have one, a rolling pin will do. It’s definitely easier to use the tortilla press but the rolling pin method works great, too. Your cassava flour tortillas won’t be as even as the ones made with the press and it will take you longer to make them but they will end up being just as good.

How to make tortillas with tortilla press step 2: cover the dough ball with parchment paper and close the tortilla press firmly.Close up of tortilla in tortilla press.

HOW TO MAKE TORTILLAS WITH A TORTILLA PRESS

  1. place parchment paper or wax paper on the bottom of the tortilla press;
  2. then place the dough ball on top;
  3. cover the dough with another sheet of paper;
  4. close the tortilla press firmly;
  5. open and your first cassava tortilla is ready;
  6. repeat the process for the rest of the tortillas.

Making cassava flour tortilla with rolling pin.

HOW TO MAKE TORTILLAS WITHOUT A TORTILLA PRESS

  1. place the dough ball between 2 sheets of parchment paper or wax paper;
  2. roll the dough with the rolling pin until it’s very thin (approximately 1/2- inch thick and 5 inches diameter).

Cooking cassava flour tortilla on the griddle.

HOW TO COOK YOUR TORTILLAS ON A GRIDDLE

Off to the cooking part! Then we’re done with this cassava flour tortilla recipe and we can start thinking about ways to enjoy these grain free tortillas.

  1. heat the griddle over medium-high heat (no need for oil);
  2. once it’s hot, add the first tortilla to the griddle and cook for 1-2 minutes per side (until bubbles start to form across the entire tortilla);
  3. flip and cook on the other side until the cassava tortilla is golden brown (approximately 1 minute);
  4. remove from heat and place the tortilla on a clean kitchen towel to keep it warm until you make the rest of the cassava flour tortillas.

P.S. if you don’t have a griddle, you can use a regular skillet. That will work, too.

Close up of cassava flour tortillas covered with a kitchen towel to stay warm.

WHAT TO MAKE WITH CASSAVA FLOUR TORTILLAS

The best part is here! AKA the eating part. Do you know what you want to do with the cassava flour tortillas you just made or do you need some inspiration? Either way, I have some ideas!

  • you can us cassava tortillas to replace regular tortillas in wrap, burrito, fajita, and taco recipes (for example, you can use the tortillas to make these breakfast burritos or these lunch wraps or any of my taco recipes);
  • you can make tortilla chips or taquitos;
  • you can use them to make healthy quesadilla;
  • you can enjoy them as a snack;
  • you can serve them with a salad as a healthy alternative to croutons or bread.

Lacey holding a reusable bag with cassava tortillas. The tortilla have been stored with parchment paper between them and placed in reusable sealable bags

HOW TO STORE CASSAVA TORTILLAS

When you’re making the cassava flour tortillas, you can easily set them on top of each other wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm and pliable.  After that, I find that the best way to store tortillas is to place a sheet of parchment paper between them and then transfer them to an airtight container or a sealable bag.

Close up of cassava flour tortillas on a kitchen towel.

HOW LONG DO CASSAVA TORTILLAS LAST?

Now that you know how to store tortillas, we should discuss how long, too.

  • at room temperature – these cassava tortillas will last for 1 or 2 days;
  • in the fridge (stored in the exact same way) – cassava tortillas last for up to a week.

CAN YOU FREEZE CASAVA TORTILLAS?

You can also freeze these cassava flour tortillas and have them on hand anytime you crave anything that requires tortillas. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight to preserve the texture. Be sure to place a sheet of parchment paper in between each tortilla so they are separated.

Lacey rolling a cassava tortilla in her hand. The tortillas are soft and easy to roll.Close up side view of freshly made cassava flour tortillas.

MORE HEALTHY TORTILLAS RECIPES

As I said at the beginning of this post, this tortilla recipe is not the only healthy tortilla recipe I tried and loved. I actually really like to make my own tortillas. And I like to make them different since I like flavor variations. If you’re like me, these 3 healthy tortilla recipes are just what you need.

HEALTHY HOMEMADE SPINACH TORTILLAS (JUT 4 INGREDIENTS!)

These Healthy Homemade Spinach Tortillas (Just 4 Ingredients!) are first! They are perfect for lunch wraps and just as easy to make as the cassava flour tortillas.

Stack of homemade spinach tortillas inside a kitchen cloth to keep them warm.

Only 4 ingredients needed for these tortillas, too: spinach, spelt flour, salt, and water. Get the recipe.

CAULIFLOWER TORTILLAS (JUST 42 CALORIES!)

Out of all my tortilla recipes, these Cauliflower Tortillas (Just 42 Calories!) are the ones with the least amount of calories.

Cauliflower Tortillas | Learn how to make these low carb, high fiber Cauliflower Tortillas. These healthy tortillas are so awesome and the perfect grain-free tortilla substitute! | A Sweet Pea Chef

The tortillas are also low carb, high fiber, and grain-free. Get the recipe.

SWEET POTATO TORTILLAS

Last but not least, we have these Sweet Potato Tortillas. These are made with 3 ingredients! Woot!

Close up of the cooked sweet potato tortillas which have been piled together and wrapped in a large kitchen towel to stay warm.

To make them, you’ll need sweet potato, spelt flour, and sea salt. These are slightly sweet and so so good. Get the recipe.

4-Ingredient Cassava Flour Tortillas | GF, Paleo + Nut-Free!

How to Make Cassava Flour Tortillas
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

These 4 Ingredient Cassava Flour Tortillas are gluten-free, healthy, paleo, nut-free, and clean eating, which makes them a great addition to your healthy lifestyle. They are soft, chewy, perfect for your favorite Mexican dishes, and so easy to make!

Categories: Bread, Clean Eating, gluten free, Make It Healthy, Paleo, Vegan
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 6 tortillas
Calories: 143 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups cassava flour
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup warm water, plus more if needed
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together cassava flour and sea salt.

  2. Add melted coconut oil and warm water. Knead dough until thoroughly mixed. The dough should stick together when pressed, but not be sticky.
  3. Roll into a log and then divide dough into 6 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and place between two pieces of parchment paper.
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll dough until it is ⅛-inch thick and has a diameter of 4 ½-5 inches. Or, place balls of dough into a tortilla press. Repeat with remaining balls of dough.

  5. Heat a dry skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Cook each tortilla for 1-2 minutes per side, or until it begins to bubble across entire tortilla and steam begins to appear along the side.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Cassava Flour Tortillas
Amount Per Serving (1 tortilla)
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Sodium 162mg7%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

7 thoughts on “4-Ingredient Cassava Flour Tortillas | GF, Paleo + Nut-Free!

  1. I’m so excited to make these under quarantine tonight 🙂 Could I add in cooked spinach and mix the recipes without adding in a binder? This recipe doesn’t call for a binder and the Spinach Tortilla GF recipe said it would need a binder. Any help would be great. Thanks!

  2. Cassava & yuca are the same thing. Also known as manioc, mandioca & more. “Yucca” is a different plant entirely. That extra “c” makes a big difference. 😉

  3. My family recently had to make the change to gluten-free as my husband has celiac and so I am new to all of this. Is there anywhere you would recommend getting the cassava flour from?

  4. I am now going to include them in my diet for sure! P.S. Can you tell me where good quality cassava flour would be easily available?

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