Brown Rice Tortillas Recipe – Easy Kitchen Guide

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By Lori Walker, MS, RD | Published on May 25, 2023 | Last Updated on November 26, 2023

If you are looking for a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional wheat flour tortillas, then you need to look no further than these amazing brown rice tortillas.

Not only are they gluten-free and vegan, but they also have a great texture and flavor that makes them perfect for tacos, wraps, burritos, and salads. Plus they’re super easy to make with just a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen equipment.

Here I will show you how to make delicious and flavorful brown rice tortillas that are not only gluten-free and vegan but also incredibly nutritious. These tortillas have a great texture, and flavor and are perfect for making tacos, wraps, burritos, and salads. Let’s get started.

Brown Rice Tortillas Recipe

What Is Brown rice tortillas?

Brown rice tortillas are a delicious, nutritious, and gluten-free alternative to traditional wheat flour tortillas. They are made with brown rice flour, arrowroot starch/flour, psyllium husk powder, salt, lime zest (optional), and oil. 

The dough for these tortillas is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. They are perfect for making tacos, wraps, burritos and salads.

Moreover, they are vegan-friendly making them suitable for those following a plant-based diet or looking to cut back on animal products.

Where Did I First Try Brown rice tortillas?

Brown rice tortillas can be found in any grocery store all around the USA which are ready to cook and eat however, I first tried them in a Mexican-Style restaurant in New York when I was visiting my family. I can still remember the day like it was yesterday.

I had been wanting to try a traditional Mexican dish and their brown rice tortillas were highly recommended by the locals. I was a bit hesitant at first, not knowing what to expect from such an unknown dish. But, after a few bites, I was quickly hooked.

The flavor of the brown rice tortillas was unlike anything I had ever tasted before – it was light yet flavorful with hints of earthiness. The texture was also unique – it was both chewy and soft with a slightly crunchy exterior.

The dish I had that day included freshly made brown rice tortillas filled with delicious ingredients such as black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and lettuce. It was so flavorful and hearty that I couldn’t help but go back for seconds.

I was so impressed by the flavor and texture of this dish that I decided to try making my own brown rice tortillas at home. This way, I could make a healthier version of the traditional Mexican dish while still maintaining its original flavor.

Where Did I First Try Brown rice tortillas

Ingredients

  • Brown rice flour: It is the most essential ingredient for making brown rice tortillas. It adds a nutty flavor and is an excellent source of fiber, iron, and B vitamins.
  • Arrowroot starch/flour: This helps to bind the other ingredients together and gives the tortillas a chewy texture.
  • Psyllium husk powder: This helps to give the tortillas a soft, pliable texture.
  • Salt: This is added to enhance the flavor of the tortillas.
  • Lime zest (optional): Adds a hint of citrusy flavor and aroma to the tortillas.
  • Oil: Used as a binding agent and helps to give the tortillas their shape when cooked.
  • Water: It is used to make the dough for the tortillas.
  • Avocado oil: This is used to fry the tortillas and give them their golden-brown color.

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Start by combining the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together the brown rice flour, arrowroot powder, psyllium husk powder, salt, and lime zest if using (optional).

Step 2

Add in 3 tablespoons of melted avocado oil or coconut oil and mix it in until all of the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Now add in the warm to boiling water and stir with a spoon or spatula until it comes together into a ball of dough.

Step 3

Allow the dough to sit for 15 minutes covered with a damp towel so that the psyllium husk can do its job and give structure to the tortillas. Once the 15 minutes are up, split the ball of dough in half and roll each half into a log. Cut each log into 8 equal pieces so that you end up with 16 small balls of dough.

Step 4

Preheat a skillet or griddle to medium heat (around 375 degrees F). Place one of the small balls of dough onto a cutting board and roll it out with a rolling pin until it’s roughly 6-7 inches in diameter.

Step 5

Place the rolled-out tortilla on the preheated skillet and cook for 1 ½ minutes or so on each side. You may need to adjust the heat based on your stovetop but try to keep it at medium heat for best results.

Step 6

Once the tortillas have cooked through, transfer them to a plate and cover them with a damp towel or paper towel while you cook the remaining balls of dough. Serve warm or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Cooking Tips

  • You should always start by preheating your skillet or griddle to medium heat.
  • The dough will be a bit sticky so it’s important to liberally flour your work surface when rolling out the tortillas.
  • When rolling out the dough, make sure you evenly spread out each ball of dough and roll it until it’s roughly 6-7 inches in diameter.
  • Lime zest is optional but adds a nice citrusy flavor to the tortillas.
  • Make sure you cook each side of the tortilla for about 2 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown.

What Ingredients Can I Replace or Substitute While Making It?

  • You can replace the brown rice flour with other gluten-free flours such as almond flour, coconut flour or even quinoa flour.
  • Arrowroot starch/flour can also be replaced with tapioca starch and potato starch.
  • Psyllium husk powder can be replaced with ground flaxseeds or chia seeds.
  • If you don’t have lime zest on hand, you can use lemon or orange zest for a similar flavor.
  • You can substitute the oil with vegan butter, coconut oil or olive oil.
  • If you are looking to add more nutrition to your tortillas, try adding in some hemp seeds or ground flaxseeds.
Brown Rice Tortillas Recipe

Brown Rice Tortillas Recipe

If you are looking for a healthy and delicious alternative to traditional wheat flour tortillas, then you need to look no further than these amazing brown rice tortillas.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 136kcal

Equipment

  • Large Bowl
  • Damp towel
  • Skillet or griddle
  • Cutting Board
  • Spatula

Ingredients

  • ¾ teaspoon of psyllium husk powder a fantastic natural binding agent that helps give structure to the recipe.
  • cup of warm to boiling water providing the necessary moisture to bind the ingredients together.
  • ½ teaspoon of refreshing lime zest optional, adding a citrusy burst of flavor to elevate the overall experience.
  • ½ cup of nutty and wholesome brown rice flour perfect for a gluten-free option.
  • ½ teaspoon of savory salt enhancing the flavors and balancing the taste.
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of luscious and nourishing avocado oil which brings a subtle richness to the dish. Alternatively, you can use melted coconut oil for a tropical twist.
  • ¼ cup of light and airy arrowroot starch/flour ideal for creating a smooth and silky texture.

Instructions

  • Start by combining the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix together the brown rice flour, arrowroot powder, psyllium husk powder, salt, and lime zest if using (optional).
  • Add in 3 tablespoons of melted avocado oil or coconut oil and mix it in until all of the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated. Now add in the warm to boiling water and stir with a spoon or spatula until it comes together into a ball of dough.
  • Allow the dough to sit for 15 minutes covered with a damp towel so that the psyllium husk can do its job and give structure to the tortillas. Once the 15 minutes are up, split the ball of dough in half and roll each half into a log. Cut each log into 8 equal pieces so that you end up with 16 small balls of dough.
  • Preheat a skillet or griddle to medium heat (around 375 degrees F). Place one of the small balls of dough onto a cutting board and roll it out with a rolling pin until it’s roughly 6-7 inches in diameter.
  • Place the rolled-out tortilla on the preheated skillet and cook for 1 ½ minutes or so on each side. You may need to adjust the heat based on your stovetop but try to keep it at medium heat for best results.
  • Once the tortillas have cooked through, transfer them to a plate and cover them with a damp towel or paper towel while you cook the remaining balls of dough. Serve warm or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • You should always start by preheating your skillet or griddle to medium heat.
  • The dough will be a bit sticky so it’s important to liberally flour your work surface when rolling out the tortillas.
  • When rolling out the dough, make sure you evenly spread out each ball of dough and roll it until it’s roughly 6-7 inches in diameter.
  • Lime zest is optional but adds a nice citrusy flavor to the tortillas.
  • Make sure you cook each side of the tortilla for about 2 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown.
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Nutrition Information

One serving (2 tablespoons) contains,

  • Calories: 108
  • Carbohydrates: 18 grams
  • Protein: 2.2 grams
  • Fat: 3.7 grams
  • Fiber: 4.2 grams
  • Sugar: 0.3 grams
  • Vitamin C: 0.2 mg
  • Iron: 1.2 mg
  • Calcium: 17.5 mg
  • Potassium: 72.3 mg

How to Store Brown rice tortillas?

You can store brown rice tortillas in an airtight container or ziplock bag and refrigerate them for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months. When ready to use, simply thaw the tortilla in the refrigerator overnight or microwave it for a few seconds until they’re soft and pliable.

You can also use them to make delicious tacos, burritos, quesadillas or wraps for a quick and easy meal.

FAQs

Can pregnant women eat this?

Yes, pregnant women can eat brown rice tortillas in moderation. All the ingredients used are healthy and nutritious and there is no risk of food poisoning or any other health problems from eating them.

Are brown rice tortillas gluten-free?

Yes, these tortillas are 100% gluten free as they use only gluten-free flour and ingredients.

Are brown rice tortillas vegan?

Yes, these tortillas are vegan as they use only plant-based ingredients such as avocado oil, gluten-free flour, and psyllium husk powder.

How long will brown rice tortillas last in the fridge?

These tortillas can last up to 5 days in the fridge when stored properly in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

Wrapping Up

As you have seen making these delicious brown rice tortillas is easy and requires minimal ingredients. This is great for those who are on a gluten-free diet or looking to add more plant-based meals to their diets.

It is suitable for any type of occasion and can be enjoyed as a snack, appetizer, or even a main meal. With the right ingredients and techniques, you can make this tortilla easily at home.

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