Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe (Traditional Mexican Styled)

Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe: Traditional Mexican Cooking
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Homemade Corn Tortillas
Homemade corn tortillas are a culinary staple, crafted from Masa Harina (corn flour) and water, then pressed into thin rounds and cooked on a hot griddle. These versatile discs boast a rustic texture and a subtly sweet corn flavor, perfect for wrapping around savory fillings or crisping up for a satisfying snack. Made with care and tradition, they elevate any meal with their authentic taste and aroma.

Hey there, it’s Anne Carter, and I’m thrilled to invite you on a journey into the heart of Mexican culinary tradition. The aroma of warm tortillas is fresh off the griddle, made with just Masa Harina, water, and a sprinkle of salt. These aren’t just any tortillas—they’re a testament to centuries of culinary expertise and cultural richness. So, join me as we delve into the art of crafting homemade corn tortillas, where every step resonates with tradition, every ingredient tells a story, and every bite is a tribute to Mexico’s vibrant culinary heritage.

Whether served hot off the comal or gently warmed on a skillet, corn tortillas offer a comforting embrace to any filling they envelop, enhancing the overall experience with their earthy aroma and satisfying bite. Their role extends beyond mere sustenance, they symbolize the rich heritage and culinary ingenuity of the Mexican people, passed down through generations.

From bustling street markets to family gatherings, corn tortillas are a constant presence, uniting people through the shared enjoyment of flavorful, handcrafted meals. As you savor each bite of a freshly made corn tortilla, you’re not just indulging in a delicious dish – you’re celebrating a time-honored tradition that continues to captivate taste buds around the world. Being a truly Mexican lover you should also try my Mexican Cornbread Muffins and spread the taste and warmth that you will get from this recipe.

What is Corn Tortillas?

Corn tortillas, the cornerstone of Mexican cuisine, are thin, round flatbreads meticulously fashioned from Masa Harina, a special type of corn flour treated with lime through the ancient process of nixtamalization. This traditional technique imbues the masa with a distinctive flavor and texture, rendering each tortilla tender and bursting with authentic corn flavor.

Naturally gluten-free, corn tortillas serve as the versatile foundation for an array of delectable Mexican dishes, ranging from classic tacos and enchiladas to savory tamales and cheesy quesadillas. Their simplicity belies their importance in Mexican culinary tradition, where they are not just a vessel for delicious fillings but a cultural icon in their own right.

Overview: How to make Corn Tortillas?

Overview: How to make Corn Tortillas?


Making homemade corn tortillas is a straightforward process that yields delicious results. To start, combine Masa Harina and salt in a large mixing bowl, then gradually add hot water while stirring until a smooth dough forms. Knead the dough until it’s firm and springy, adjusting with more flour or water if needed. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Next, portion the dough into golf ball-sized balls and roll them into smooth rounds. Use a tortilla press lined with plastic to flatten each ball into a 4- to 5-inch tortilla. Heat a non-stick skillet or comal over medium-high heat, then cook each tortilla for 40-60 seconds per side until speckled brown spots appear.

As you cook the tortillas, keep the process going by pressing the next dough ball while one tortilla cooks. This ensures a steady flow of freshly cooked tortillas. Transfer the cooked tortillas to a tortilla warmer or a bowl wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm and soft.

Once all the tortillas are cooked, serve them however you like and if I need to share any advice or my experience I must say you should serve it with my  Baja Shrimp Tacos. The tortillas will continue to soften as they sit, so use the ones at the bottom of the stack first for the softest texture. Enjoy your homemade corn tortillas with your favorite fillings or dishes.

Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe: Traditional Mexican Cooking

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade corn tortillas are a culinary staple, crafted from Masa Harina (corn flour) and water, then pressed into thin rounds and cooked on a hot griddle. These versatile discs boast a rustic texture and a subtly sweet corn flavor, perfect for wrapping around savory fillings or crisping up for a satisfying snack. Made with care and tradition, they elevate any meal with their authentic taste and aroma.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
ASSEMBLING TIME: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 1333kcal
Author: Anne Carter
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Tortilla Press
  • Ziplock Bags
  • Kitchen Towel
  • Tortilla Warmer

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Masa Harina
  • 2 cups Hot water
  • 1 teaspoon Fine sea salt

Instructions

  • Mix the dough: In a large mixing bowl, briefly whisk together Masa Harina and salt. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups hot water, and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula until an evenly-mixed dough begins to form. Use your hands to knead the dough for 2-3 minutes in the mixing bowl until it is smooth and forms a cohesive ball. The dough’s texture should feel springy and firm, similar to Play-Doh. If the dough feels too wet and is sticking to your hands, add in a few extra tablespoons of flour. If it feels too dry and crackly, add in an extra tablespoon or two of hot water.
  • Rest the dough: Cover the bowl with a damp kitchen towel (or paper towel) and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Portion the dough: Use a spoon or a medium ice cream scoop to portion the dough into a 2-tablespoon ball (35-40 grams, or about the size of a golf ball), then use your hands to roll the ball until it is nice and round.
  • Press the dough balls: Place the dough ball between two pieces of plastic in a tortilla press. (I use a ziplock bag; see notes below.) Then gently press the dough ball until it forms a 4- to 5-inch tortilla.
  • Cook the tortilla: Heat a non-stick skillet or comal over medium-high heat. Once the pan is nice and hot, gently peel the tortilla away from the plastic wrap and lay the tortilla flat in the skillet. Cook the tortilla for about 40-60 seconds per side, flipping it once speckled brown spots begin to appear on the bottom of the tortilla. The tortillas will likely bubble up while cooking, especially on the second side, which is a good sign! Once it is cooked, transfer the tortilla to a tortilla warmer or a bowl wrapped in a clean kitchen towel, so that the tortillas do not dry out.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortillas: I recommend keeping the cycle going by cooking one tortilla while pressing the next dough ball at the same time. If you notice that the skillet begins to seem too hot, just turn down the heat a bit.
  • Serve: The tortillas will continue to soften a bit more as they sit in a stack in your tortilla warmer (or wrapped in a towel). So I recommend using the tortillas at the bottom of the stack first — they will be the softest. Serve however you would like and enjoy! See storage instructions below.

Notes

  • Use parchment paper or wax paper as an alternative to plastic wrap for lining the tortilla press.
  • Apply even pressure when pressing the dough to ensure consistent thickness.
  • Adjust the heat of the skillet or comal as needed to prevent burning or overly dry tortillas.
     
     

Nutrition

Serving: 1 Quantity | Calories: 1333kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 100mg | Fiber: 2g

Time For the Secret Tips!

Corn Tortillas Recipe

  1. Use a kitchen scale: For precise measurements, weigh your Masa Harina instead of measuring by volume. It ensures consistency in your dough.
  2. Experiment with water temperature: Try using warm or room temperature water in addition to hot water to see which texture you prefer.
  3. Adjust cooking time: Play around with cooking times to achieve your desired tortilla texture—shorter for softer, longer for firmer.
  4. Add flavorings: Get creative with your tortilla dough by adding spices or herbs like chili powder or cilantro for extra flavor.
  5. Practice makes perfect: Making tortillas takes practice, so don’t get discouraged if your first attempts aren’t perfect. Keep at it!

What goes best with Corn Tortillas?

How to store leftover Corn Tortillas?

  1. Cooling: Allow the cooked tortillas to cool completely at room temperature before storing.
  2. Container: Place the cooled tortillas in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.
  3. Refrigeration: Store the container of tortillas in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. They will stay good for up to 3-4 days.
  4. Freezing: If you have a large batch of tortillas or want to keep them for longer, you can freeze them. Stack the cooled tortillas with parchment paper in between each, then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator before reheating.
  5. Reheating: To reheat refrigerated tortillas, warm them in a dry skillet over medium heat for a few seconds on each side until heated through. For frozen tortillas, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

Q:1 Can I make the dough ahead of time?

A. Yes, you can refrigerate the dough for up to 24 hours. Let it come to room temperature before cooking.

Q:2 Can I freeze the tortillas?

A. Yes, stack cooled tortillas with parchment paper between each, then freeze in a bag or container for up to 2-3 months. Thaw before reheating.

Q:3 Can I use a rolling pin instead of a tortilla press?

A. Yes, roll out the dough between plastic wrap or parchment paper until desired thickness.

Q:4 Can I customize the flavor of the tortillas?

A. Yes, add spices like chili powder or garlic powder, or mix in chopped herbs like cilantro or parsley to the dough for additional flavor.

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