Corn tortillas are easily made in just a few minutes using masa harina and water. Compared to the store bought tortillas I have bought these are soft and delicious…and so worth it.
Masa literally means dough in Spanish and is a type of flour made from dried corn and lime water. Masa or masa harina is available in Latin American or specialty food shops. It is used to make traditional corn tortillas, tamales and other Mexican dishes. I also use it as a thickener in my Ancho Chile Gravy. You can read more about masa harina in this post from my year-long series on How To Use different gluten free flours; How To Use Corn Flour, Cornmeal and Masa Harina.
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Of course it takes a bit of time to make your own corn tortillas but to me it’s all about the organization and set up. Although not mandatory a traditional tortilla press is designed for this job. It is the kind of thing you might buy on a trip to Mexico but you can also buy it online (tortilla press) or in kitchen stores.
The more often you make anything the easier it gets. Once you have made corn tortillas at least three times it becomes easier. This small effort helps you determine the size of the recipe you need most often, the size of the designated container to store the items in and what you need to put in it.
I store my tortilla press, sheets of wax paper, plastic zip bags and the masa harina all together in a clear container with fairly high sides. This recipe is on the bag of masa harina but I even printed it out, a full recipe and a half recipe, in large print and taped it to the side of the bucket. Okay, I didn’t do that the first time I made these. This is the kind of idea I want to share with my readers, so obviously I had to go from idea to action and do it myself. And I’m pretty happy about that. Now I can pull it out and quickly make tortillas whenever I want.
As you can see by the photos these are the simple steps:
I’d love to hear if you make your own corn tortillas. Is your set up working for you? Please let me know in the comments below.
|2 cups Masa Harina|
|¼ tsp salt|
|1 cup water|
|1 cup Masa Harina|
|1/8 tsp salt|
|1/2 cup water|
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