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Homemade Corn Tortillas

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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.

Gluten free corn tortillas made with masa harina
Gluten Free Masa Harina dough -photo credit Jim Little

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. Read more about it in this post How To Use Corn Flour, Cornmeal and Masa Harina.

Gluten Free Masa Harina made into balls
Gluten Free Masa Harina made into balls -photo credit Jim Little

 

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A Tortilla Press for Making Corn Tortillas

Of course it takes a bit of time to make your own corn tortillas but they are easy to make using a traditional tortilla press. This is the kind of thing you might buy on a trip to Mexico but a tortilla press can also be found in specialty shops. The more often you make corn tortillas the easier it gets. Once you have done it several times you can make them quickly and use them for tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, burritos and huevos rancheros. Give them a try!

Making corn tortillas from masa harina
Making corn tortillas in a cast iron tortilla press -photo credit Jim Little
Just pressed gluten free corn tortillas ready to be fried.
Gluten Free Corn Tortillas -photo credit Jim Little

Organizing For Success – Corn Tortillas

I store my tortilla press, sheets of wax paper and the plastic zip bags all together in a box. The bag of masa harina is also in there and the recipe is on the bag. This allows me to pull out everything I need at once and quickly make them when I want to.

As you can see by the photos these are the simple steps:

  • -mix masa harina, salt and water into a ball
  • -divide the dough ball into smaller balls the size of golf balls
  • -place the ball on the tortilla press between 2 sheets of waxed paper and gently push to flatten
  • -close the press to evenly flatten the dough ball
  • -store tortillas between waxed paper or covered with a damp cloth while you finish making them

Corn Tortillas – The Recipes

I’d love to hear if you make your own corn tortillas. Please let me know in the comments below.

Ingredients

2 cups Masa Harina
¼ tsp salt
1 cup water
HALF RECIPE
1 cup Masa Harina
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup water

Directions

1
Combine masa harina and salt in a large bowl. Add water and stir until you have soft dough. If dough feels dry add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
2
Divide dough into golf balls size balls, makes about 16 balls. Place each ball between plastic and press until tortilla measures 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Peel off plastic wrap and store between waxed paper until ready to use.
3
Heat frying pan with a bit of oil and cook tortillas one at a time for about a minute until lightly browned. Turn and cook for another minute. Place into tortilla holders to achieve the taco shape or serve flat for a burrito or quesadilla.

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