I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m NEVER buying tortillas again! It’s not only cheaper, yummier and healthier, it’s also easy and fun. So please, PLEASE give it a try, I promise you’ll be impressed. On top of it all, after they’re all cooked, you can cut them up like a pie, heat up some oil and fry them into tortilla chips! Whenever you want, tortillas or chips with no trip to the store… Yes please.
Homemade Corn Tortillas
Yields 8 Tortillas
- 1 cup Masa (corn flour) I used Maseca, an instant corn flour which is readily available in the baking isle of your grocers.
- 2/3 cup of water
- 1/8 tsp of salt
With a fork, stir together the salt and masa.
Stir in your water.
Don't be fooled by how dry it looks. If you press it down with your fingers and it leaves an indent its ready to start working with your hands. If not add water a tsp at a time.
Pour the contents of your bowl onto a clean dry surface and push it together until it comes together and theres not much loose masa.
If there's dry masa left over like this, wet your fingertips slightly and do your best to form into a log.
I used the board to make it into a rectangle shape by pressing down lightly to get a flat bottom, then turning 90° and flattening each side until they are mostly uniform.
It doesn't need to be perfect. Now cut the dough in half, and cut those halves in half, so you have 4 pieces.
Then cut those in half and you have 8 little pieces of dough.
Squeeze each piece a few times and then roll them into little balls.
Now your ready to flatten them out. Get them started with your palm. Don't worry about the edges splitting, this is normal.
Place the tortilla in a ziplock bag or in a piece of plastic wrap folded in half. The ziploc method is way easier and I'm assuming you don't have a tortilla press. Once the tortilla is inside the ziploc, grab a pot with two handles so you can apply even pressure in your tortilla flattening. Push down as hard as you can then flip the bag upside down and a have another go at it.
They should take shape pretty nicely, like so.
Stack them on a plate until they are all finished.
Heat a pan on high heat. (preferably a cast iron skillet, but i don't have one ) Cook on each side for exactly one minute.
Transfer to a lined plate and cover to keep the warmth in. I put them in the oven to keep them warm until the rest of dinner was ready. Worked like a charm.