Homemade Corn Tortillas

Taco night? There is no substitute for fresh corn tortillas! Whether you can’t find corn tortillas where you live or you simply want to add a little love to your tacos: it’s easy to make your own corn tortillas at home.

Ingredients: (2 servings)
– 1 cup/2 dl. masa harina
– ½ cup/1 dl. warm water (plus more)
– Salt (optional)

1. Line you tortilla press with plastic wrap or a plastic bag, and preheat a dry heavy skillet over medium high heat. Tip: If you don’t have tortilla press, use a heaving pan.

2. Mix masa harina and salt in a bowl.

3. Add about ½ cup water. Mix with your hands until dough comes together, add more water as needed.
Tip: You should be able to form a ball with the dough, but it shouldn’t stick to your hands. If it’s too dry, add a few drops water. If too sticky, add a little more flour.

4. Roll into 6-8 balls. Tip: If your tortillas seem dry at any stage, just add a little more water. No need to worry about over working corn flour: it has low or no gluten so it won’t get chewy easily.

5. Once skillet is hot, begin pressing the balls out into tortillas. Tip: Sprinkle water on the skillet see if its hot: sizzle = hot.

6. Cook tortillas until they begin to brown in places: 30 seconds to one minute on the first side, then 30 seconds on the other side.

7. Wrap cooked tortillas in a cloth to keep warm and from drying out.

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Storage tips:

Short term: Wrap the tortillas in a cloth (stacked), and wrap in aluminum foil. Place inside a oven on low heat just to keep warm.
Next day: Wrap tortillas tightly and keep at room temperature for up to one day.
Long term: Place in refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Dampen them slightly with a sprinkle of water from your fingertips before wrapping in foil and reheating in the oven or wrapping in a damp towel to reheat in microwave. Obviously: do not put foil in the microwave, ever.

Tortilla Press: Homemade Corn Tortillas

Places to buy your tortilla gear:


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I hauled my tortilla press from the U.S, but you can order one here as well.


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