How to Make Tortilhas: Brazilian Pancakes

Updated on January 23, 2020
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Janisa loves eating and experimenting in the kitchen. She enjoys creating new recipes and homemade versions of popular store-bought foods.

My tortilhas today were made with peppers, tomatoes, cheese and some olives. You can very easily adapt this recipe based on your preferences and available ingredients.
My tortilhas today were made with peppers, tomatoes, cheese and some olives. You can very easily adapt this recipe based on your preferences and available ingredients.

Laziness and Cooking

What do you get when you have a lazy person who loves to eat and try new dishes? You get simple and delicious recipes from all over the world! I also love pancakes, so this was an instant hit for me. One fine day, I wanted to try something Brazilian, but I didn't have any 'Brazilian' ingredients, nor the desire to make something extremely complicated. The solution came when I asked my Brazilian friend's mother, "What should I eat today?" She had just prepared a huge plate of tortilhas for her family and was showing them off. I asked her what she put into them, and she named some ingredients I didn't have, but that didn't stop me from trying my hand at tortilhas. My first ever tortilhas were more like a pizza gone wrong; I used tomato paste instead of tomatoes and a very soft cheese and some frozen peppers. However, they still tasted great! The next time I made tortilhas, I used a larger variety of ingredients and came up with an even better recipe variation, which I will share with you today.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 12 or more tortilhas, depending on size

The Required Ingredients

Now that I look at this list, none of them are really required. Water can be replaced with milk and different types of flour can be used instead of the one I used.

Just use your imagination and preferences and available ingredients when deciding what to put in the tortilhas!


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • as desired green onion, cut
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • parsley, to taste
  • dill, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • some olives, cut

Super Simple Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl. Prior to this, cut those that need it. Mix with a spoon. If the consistency is too thick, add more water, if the batter is too liquidy, add more flour.
  2. Heat up a frying pan on medium heat, add some oil. Use a large spoon or scooper to pour batter onto the frying pan. Make the tortilhas whatever size you want.
  3. Cook around 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden.
  4. Eat and enjoy! Bon appétit!
Making the tortilhas.
Making the tortilhas.

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    • Margie Lynn profile image

      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      2 years ago from the USA

      I found some of your recipes I will be making and eating! Heehee!

    • JanisaChatte profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Earth

      @MargieLynn, you know the cure for hunger — find something you like to eat and prepare and eat it ;)

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      Margie's Southern Kitchen 

      2 years ago from the USA

      Gosh, Janisa you always make me hungry, this looks yummy!


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