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Making Homemade Corn Tortillas With a Press

Updated: May 19, 2023

In this blog post, I show you how easy it is to make homemade corn tortillas with a press. If you don't have a press, you can easily roll them out with a rolling pin instead.

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Tortillas are such a versatile ingredient. You can use them to make quesadillas, tostadas, tacos, Mexican casserole...the list goes on. They are also super simple. You can make a batch up and freeze them if you like, then you have tortillas available whenever you want them. Or, you can make a quick, fresh batch whenever you want. Don't overthink it, just mix up a batch.

Does It Take A Long Time To Make Homemade Tortillas?

Yes and no. It does take a little time, but most of that time is simply letting the dough rest. It takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes, but only 10 minutes of that is active work time.

Watch Me Make Them (and turn them into Quesadillas!)

The Ingredients

To make 4 tortillas:

  • 1 cup Masa Harina (corn flour)

  • 1/8-1/4 tsp salt

  • about 3/4 cup warm water

You can easily double or triple the recipe to make more.

The Method

- Add the flour and salt into a bowl. Add just shy of 3/4 cup warm water and stir to blend. Add more water if the dough is too dry to stick together. You don't want it too wet and sticky, just enough water to make it hold together well.

- Cover with a damp/wet tea towel and let it rest for about an hour. I rushed and waited only 30 minutes, and they turned out fine.

- Preheat a cast iron skillet (or use a dry stainless steel skillet).

- Cut the ball into 4 pieces for 6" tortillas and roll them into balls. (Cut into 6 pieces if you prefer smaller tortillas for tostadas).

- Press or roll them as thin as possible, about 1/8" thick. This press is similar to mine.

- Cook each one for about 1 minute per side. Then used them as desired. Quesadillas and tostadas are my favorite!

What is your favorite way to use tortillas?

Happy cooking!




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