Soft, fresh Homemade Corn Tortillas are easy to make with just 2 ingredients and makes taco night even more delicious. A recipe that all home cooks should know!
Homemade Corn Tortillas
I'm crossing something off my foodie bucket list today, and I wanted to share! I've always wanted to make my own Homemade Corn Tortillas, mostly because they're so much softer and delicious when you get them at a Mexican restaurant versus buying them at the store. I figured freshness and use of preservatives probably had something to do with it. And I believe I was right because these Homemade Corn Tortillas really made our family taco night fabulous.
You need two out-of-the-ordinary things to make Homemade Corn Tortillas.
1. Masa Harina - Prior to my research for this bucket list item, I had never heard of it. But from what I gather, masa harina kind of like the Bisquik of the corn flour world, and it's used in lots of Mexican recipes, like corn tortillas or tamales. I found it in the Hispanic section at Wal-Mart near the re-fried beans, and you can also grab some from Amazon here.
2. Tortilla Press - I was really reluctant to buy one because I hate buying gadgets like that unless they're absolutely necessary. In fact, I actually made a batch of dough and tried rolling it out with a rolling pin first, but couldn't make it work. So I had to throw it all out, and order the tortilla press. Moral of the story is, unless you're really REALLY good (and I mean REALLY, because I can roll out pie crust like a mad woman), you're going to need a tortilla press. I opted for a nice, but decently priced cast iron one because, if I have to buy it, I wanted to make sure it would last.
When using the tortilla press it's easiest to use 2 pieces of thick plastic to make sure the tortillas come clean off. I just sandwiched the dough balls between 2 freezer bags, and they came off quite easily.
Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe
Homemade Corn Tortillas
- 2 cups masa harina
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups hot water
- 1 teaspoon lime juice optional
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together masa harina and salt.
- Add water and lime juice and stir with a fork until fully combined. The dough should be soft but not too sticky, similar to the consistency of Play-Doh.
- Roll the dough into balls that are approximately the size of ping pong balls. I just used a cookie scoop to scoop it out then roll into balls.
- Line your tortilla press with thick plastic, like freezer bags. Place a ball into the press and flatten.
- Transfer flattened dough to a hot skillet over medium heat, and cook for 30 seconds before flipping. Repeat flipping 3 more times (each side gets cooked twice for 30 seconds). Then repeat full step for remaining dough. If you're getting black spots on your tortillas, the skillet is probably too hot. Turn down the heat, just a hair.
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