Homemade Corn Tortillas: Make Your Own Monday #27

There is nothing like a homemade tortilla.  We have a tortilla “factory” in our little town (which is to say, there is a tiny store front where a Latin family slaves in the Arizona heat six days a week to make fresh tortillas).  Those corn tortillas are scrumptious!  They make flour tortillas, too, but not often, so they are not fresh and not worth buying.  Corn tortillas are incredibly easy to make at home.  All you have to do is buy a bag of Masa Harina and add water.

(Quaker makes it, so it shouldn’t be hard to find in most places in the USA.)
For those of us who only make tortillas once in a while, a tortilla press is a must.  Even with one, you aren’t guaranteed to get your tortillas the right thickness, but you have a much better shot than if you are making them by hand.  Look in second hand stores for a tortilla press.How to make homemade corn tortillas
Notice I have put plastic wrap on the top and bottom of the press.  Without it, you will have a very large, very frustrating mess.   I served these open-faced with sliced grilled milanesa style beef, shredded cabbage, salsa, cheese and sour cream.  They were delicious.  This is a really cheap way to make tortillas.
Here is a link to my favorite flour tortilla recipe.  They are a lot harder to make.  Mine usually come out looking like “Son of the Blob.”  They taste really good, though.
Homemade Corn Tortillas: Make Your Own Monday #27
  • 2 cups masa harina (Note: you can grind your own corn, but it has too be super fine.)
  • 1⅓ cups warm water
  1. Mix the masa and water together in a bowl until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Form your dough into balls the size of a swollen walnut
  3. Use your tortilla press or a rolling pin and flatten them out.
  4. Cook them in a hot,dry skillet or griddle until brown on both sides (about 5 minutes each side)

22 thoughts on “Homemade Corn Tortillas: Make Your Own Monday #27

  1. >I bet they are tasty but I would never put the time in them. I have enjoyed your blog so many times. Thank you for stopping by mine today.

  2. >I am SO impressed by your homemade tortillas! They look fantastic. And the marinade on that beef…super delicious.

  3. >I always make our own tortillas as well. I've played with the recipe though and usually use about 3/4 masa and 1/4 ww flour plus a little olive oil to keep it all together (a VERY little bit!). They're really delicious, and a bit more stretchy than corn only tortillas.

  4. >I was just wondering what to make for dinner tonight and now I have a taste for these wonderful tortillas. I may be making a spicy shredded chicken to fill them! Thanks for sharing.

  5. >It really is so easy to make corn tortillas! I've always done it by hand, but I think I probably should invest in a tortilla press one of these days!

  6. >I love to make my own tortillas and yes, a press in a must …the marinade sounds wonderful, will have to try it, but with a real beer, don't have the other in the house…

  7. >I started following your blog after finding your "Make your Own Monday's" I moved from Arizona and miss it everyday! I can't wait to try your Marinade!

    PS. I hope you don't mind, I put a link to your site from my blog.

  8. >I have NEVER tried this–I'm not sure why! A latina friend of mine always hounds me about it. Will have to try!

  9. >My best friend, Yaya, taught me how to make tortillas. I just THOUGHT when you made them they came out perfectly round. HORRORS! Yaya said, "They NEVER come out round. Sometimes, mine take on the shape of Texas." Mine look more like the state of Florida! I need to get a tortilla press. For YEARS I didn't know what an authentic tortilla tasted like. I will NEVER buy a tortilla from a store — UNLESS they're freshly made by a Mom and Pop business. I mean, mam? y pap?! Thank you for the corn tortilla recipe — I've only made flour.

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