Easy Grain-Free Plantain Tortillas (or Tostadas)

Try these easy plantain tortillas if you love tortilla dishes, but you would rather not use corn or wheat flour tortillas.

Category Dinner, Gluten Free, Mexican, Paleo
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 tortillas
Author Sandy McCall


  • 2 medium “green” plantains
  • 1 lime Juice
  • 1 lime Zest
  • Salted water


  1. Cut the ends off each plantain and cut each plantain into 2-3” unpeeled pieces.
  2. Add the plantains to a pot of salted water, cover and boil for about 20-25 minutes, or until the plantains are soft, but not mushy.
  3. Drain the plantains. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin.
  4. Place peeled plantain pieces, lime zest, and lime juice in food processor and process on high until dough forms a ball. You’ll know the mixture is ready when it comes into one large ball of the dough in the processor. Be patient!
  5. Using your hands roll the dough into about 2-inch balls or use a large disher scoop. (A disher is a small ice cream scoop.)
  6. Line both sides of the open tortilla press with one large piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Oil the parchment paper or plastic wrap.
  7. Heat a cast iron griddle or large cast iron skillet to medium heat.
  8. Place a ball of dough in the center of your tortilla press. Press out each tortilla as thinly as possible. (You can roll each tortilla with a rolling pin between sheets of oiled wax or parchment paper if you don’t have a tortilla press)
  9. Slowly and carefully peel the tortilla off. Dampen your fingers and mend any tears. Place the tortilla onto hot griddle or skillet. Continue pressing tortillas and placing them on hot griddle or skillet.
  10. When bottom side of each tortilla begins to brown slightly but is still pliable, carefully turn each tortilla and brown slightly on the second side. Put each tortilla on a rack to cool or serve as soft tacos immediately.
  11. For Tostadas: Cook tortillas as show above. Heat waffle iron on high. Use coconut oil to lightly coat each side of tortilla. Put tortilla in waffle iron and cook until crispy. Or for traditional fried tortillas, heat a small amount of coconut oil in a small skillet. Fry each tortilla on both sides until crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Serve with toppings immediately.