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How to Make Corn Tortillas

Making your own tortillas isn't hard at all, only 2 ingredients are needed!

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Mix the flour with 1 1/4 cups of warm water. Knead until mixture forms a smooth dough (like Play-Doh), and doesn't crack when rolled into a ball (if it cracks, add 1 Tbsp more water at a time, until consistency is reached).

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Roll dough into 12-16 balls, a bit bigger than a walnut. Cover balls with damp towel until ready to press.

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Using a tortilla press, lay the ball between two pieces of plastic wrap (or wax paper), and place it slightly off center into the press, keeping it closer to the hinge side. Press, rotate dough slightly, then press again until a 6" circle is created. Or use can use a rolling pin if you don't have a press.

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The best method to cook tortillas is using a cast iron griddle, however a cast iron skillet or even an electric fry pan will work, as well. Heat a DRY pan to medium-high, and place tortilla in for 30 seconds. Flip and cook for 60 seconds on other side, then flip again and cook for another 30 seconds. Wrap the hot tortillas in a foil package, then cover in kitchen towel to keep warm and soft while you cook the rest of the tortillas.

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How to Make Corn Tortillas
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Only 2 ingredients are needed to make your own homemade corn tortillas. Buying a good quality metal tortilla press will make these a snap to prepare, otherwise you can always use a rolling pin.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups masa harina (corn tortilla flour)
  • 1¼ - 1½ cups warm water (depending on the humidity)
Instructions
  1. Mix the flour with 1¼ cups of warm water. Knead until mixture forms a smooth dough (like Play-Doh), and doesn't crack when rolled into a ball (if it cracks, add 1 Tbsp more water at a time, until consistency is reached).
  2. Roll dough into 12-16 balls, a bit bigger than a walnut. Cover balls with damp towel until ready to press.
  3. Using a tortilla press, lay the ball between two pieces of plastic wrap (or wax paper), and place it slightly off center into the press, keeping it closer to the hinge side. Press, rotate dough slightly, then press again until a 6" circle is created.
  4. The best method to cook tortillas is using a cast iron griddle, however a cast iron skillet or even an electric fry pan will work, as well. Heat a DRY pan to medium-high, and place tortilla in for 30 seconds. Flip and cook for 60 seconds on other side, then flip again and cook for another 30 seconds.
  5. Wrap the hot tortillas in a foil package, then cover in kitchen towel to keep warm and soft while you cook the rest of the tortillas.
Notes
If you don't have a press, you can always use a rolling pin to flatten the tortillas.

 

19 Responses to How to Make Corn Tortillas

  1. Patricia June 11, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Thank you, no more flour tortillas for me. I suppose you can freeze these corn tortillas! Looking forward to all the information you have.

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley June 11, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      Yes you can freeze the cooked tortillas. If you put a piece of waxed paper between each one before you freeze them, you can take out only what you need.

  2. Gwen June 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    I like this recipe a lot.

  3. Antonia July 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    I will try this, Thank You
    Antonia.

  4. Marty July 20, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Could we get a recipe for gluten/grain free flour tortillas ? I gave up corn and soy since Monsanto ruined them with GMO'S.

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley July 20, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Great idea! I will add it to my list of recipes to create and test, and will let you know once it's perfected!

    • Mitche October 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      You can buy gluten-free NON-GMO cornmeal from Bob's Red Mill.

  5. Reg August 12, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    sounds like a great recipe to try. thank u

  6. Carol August 12, 2014 at 6:33 am #

    Going to try this one to will let u know how they come out.Carol Markus

    • Angie Halten (Admin)
      Angie Halten (Admin) August 12, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      I'd love to hear how it works out for you!

  7. Susan Myers August 12, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Try to get organic corn flour since most corn is GMO and sprayed witth toxic pesticides.

    • Angie Halten (Admin)
      Angie Halten (Admin) August 12, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      For sure!

      • Rose (Baldovsky)Birosak August 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

        Thank you for the recipe, it's a nice dough to work with.

  8. Linda August 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

    What's the best way to press them if you don't have a tortilla press?

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley August 13, 2014 at 5:16 am #

      You can roll out the dough between plastic wrap or parchment, using a rolling pin. The only downside of the rolling pin is that it's hard to make a perfectly round tortilla, which is why the press is so great. But either way, it just takes a bit of elbow grease!

  9. Ticker September 18, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Thanks for the recipe, however I'm limited to rice, oats, and potato. I'll give it a whirl. Hope it works

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley September 18, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      It's on my list to work on a flour tortilla recipe, so let me know how yours turns out and what you used!

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley May 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

      All the ingredients and directions are listed in the recipe at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

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