Homemade Corn Tortillas

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Homemade corn tortillas are naturally gluten-free and made with just two simple ingredients. The resulting warm tortillas are light, fluffy, and full of authentic masa flavor.

corn tortillas

Tacos make everyone happy but nothing elevates taco night quite like homemade corn tortillas. Light, pillowy and fragrant, they are truly worth the added time required to prepare.

pouring flour for corn tortillas
mixing flour and water for corn tortillas

Making homemade corn tortillas is really easy and only requires three simple ingredients: masa harina corn flour, salt and warm water. That’s it. No additives or unusual ingredients – just pure, corn flavor.

Where can I purchase masa harina corn flour?

You can purchase masa harina online, in large grocery stores or any international/hispanic market.

Liz mixing corn tortilla ingredients
kneading corn tortilla dough

Once the corn tortilla ingredients have been combined, you want to bring the dough together with your hands so that all of the flour has been incorporated evenly with the warm water.

corn tortilla press

Finding a tortilla press is easy. The one I’m using was given to me as a gift but you can purchase this high quality, popular tortilla press online.

peeling corn tortilla from press

The best way to prevent sticking is to line the tortilla press with wax paper or plastic wrap.

making homemade corn tortillas

When pressing the tortillas, be careful not to press too hard as you don’t want your tortilla dough to be super thin.

corn tortillas on pan

To cook the tortillas, simply heat over a skillet until warmed through, about 90 seconds per side.

flipping corn tortillas
corn tortilla stack

As you’re cooking the tortillas, keep them warm in a towel until you’re ready to enjoy.

homemade corn tortillas

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homemade corn tortillas close up

If you wish, you can also gently fry the tortillas in a little oil before serving for a more decadent flavor but personally, I don’t think you need it.

stacking homemade corn tortillas

How far in advance can you prepare corn tortillas?

You can prepare the dough up to 3 hours in advance. Store in the refrigerator topped with a damp towel to keep the dough moist. Press and cook the corn tortillas right before serving.

Liz holding corn tortilla
Liz with corn tortillas

Your tacos are waiting.

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Homemade Corn Tortillas

Yay or Nay?
Homemade corn tortillas are naturally gluten-free and made with just two simple ingredients. The resulting warm tortillas are light, fluffy, and full of authentic masa flavor.
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins
REVIEW PRINT
Servings: 16 tortillas

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups warm water

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together masa flour with salt in a large bowl. Slowly pour in the warm water and mix with your hands until it forms a dough. If the mixture seems dry, add a little more warm water. You'll know it's perfect when it all comes together off the sides of the bowl.
  • To form the balls, pinch off a small amount of the dough, about 2 tablespoons worth, and roll into a ball.
  • Prepare the tortilla press by lining it with wax paper or plastic wrap. Place the tortilla ball in the center then gently press to form tortilla.
  • Heat over a warm skillet, about 90 seconds per side, flipping once. There's no need to oil the skillet but you may if you wish. Keep tortillas warm inside a towel until you're finished making all the tortillas. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tortillaCalories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 73mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 30IUCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
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