How To Make Corn Tortillas From Scratch

Until a few years ago, I would have told you how much I hated corn tortillas. Those cardboard disks they sell in supermarkets, so bland, tasteless and rubbery were not my bag.

I wondered, to myself, how anyone could pick those during the “corn or flour” debate. Really, corn? What am I missing?

It turns out that homemade corn tortillas, with their seductive softness and slightly sweet flavor (don’t even get me started on the amazing smell) changed my taco-making life.

Like the difference between baloney and Filet Mignon, homemade corn tortillas are an entirely different beast. Once I made my own from scratch, I was shocked – shocked I tell you! – at how much I’d been missing out on.

How is it that no one told me that it only takes a few minutes to throw these together and they are somewhere around a billion times better than the crap in stores? Seriously friends, what the hell?

Like the revelation of discovering how insanely brainless it is to make homemade whipped cream, I’ll never go back to store-bought.  Plus, it’s about 3 cents per tortilla, gluten-free and vegan, making it a perfect choice for a large get together when who knows what kind of food aversion people will have.

Look how accommodating you are, AND you make your own tortillas?!

They’ll never know.

You need a few supplies, but don’t worry, you’ve got this.

  1. Tortillas press. You can buy one online, at Mexican markets or you can fashion your own.  I have this aluminum one, and my Mexican friends tend to prefer this wood one.

(I have also heard that you can use two very heavy books wrapped in plastic wrap or try your hand with a rolling pin and some parchment paper. )

  1. Masa, also called Masa Harina, which most stores sell in the “ethnic foods” aisle, or you can buy online.
  2. Water, salt and a bowl.
  3. Griddle or cast iron skillet.

That’s it. Not too bad, right?

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How to Make Corn Tortillas

It turns out that homemade corn tortillas, with their seductive softness and slightly sweet flavor (don’t even get me started on the amazing smell) changed my taco-making life.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 3 servings
Calories 138 kcal
Author Jackie Dodd

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Masa
  • pinch salt
  • ¾ cup water I’ve also used beer, which turns out great as well

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add the Masa and the salt, stir to combine.
  2. Add the water and stir to combine. If the dough is too dry to hold together, add additional water. If it is too wet, add more Masa.
  3. Form into balls a bit larger than golf balls.
  4. Prepare a tortillas press by wrapping in plastic wrap or covering with parchment paper. Place one ball in the center.
  5. Press, rotate and press again until thin.
  6. Heat a griddle (or cast iron skillet) to a medium high heat (about 350 for electric griddles).
  7. Cook until slightly brown on the bottom (about 30 seconds to a minute) flip and cook on the other side. Don’t overcook.
  8. Serve warm, impress your friends.

How to make corn tortillas from scratch

About the Author

The Craft Beer Bites CookbookJackie Dodd’s beer-infused recipes earned her a spot as a finalist for Saveur Magazines Best Original Recipes, 2014 as well as crowned winner for Best Beer Coverage in 2015 (yes, craft beer is unprocessed). The Beeroness was also a finalist for Better Homes and Gardens Best Food Blogs, 2015. She has been seen on The Today Show, Lifetime Network, CBS News, as well as interviewed in print publications such as Imbibe, Bite and The San Francisco Chronicle. She also writes for Parade Magazine, Draft Magazine and Whisk Magazine. Jackie is the author of The Craft Beer Cookbook and The Craft Beer Bites Cookbook, and you can connect with her on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

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simon andrew
simon andrew
January 31, 2020 1:59 am

5 stars
I haven’t made corn tortillas before, thanks for sharing

prafful goel
prafful goel
July 2, 2019 2:29 am

5 stars
corn tortillas are the best one ,i will try these at home.

JANICE
JANICE
April 11, 2015 12:53 pm

Can I use my pizelle iron for a press? I have so many gadgets…don’t know where to put them all.
Also I have instant corn masa flour…can I use that? thanks!

Rich S
Rich S
April 11, 2015 5:21 pm
Reply to  JANICE

Your pizzelle iron might work.
Only way to find out is to try it.
Tortillas usually need a uniform thickness to cook evenly.

The flour is fine.
Just a different name for the normal tortilla flour..

Rich S
Rich S
October 8, 2014 8:49 pm

I’ve been here in Mexico for 12 years and I often used 2 Corelle plates wrapped in saran wrap.
Worked great for this 100kg plus 188cm tall guy.

Now my maid makes them for me and brings them when she cleans the house once a week.
Freeze the excess and thaw when you want them.

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