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How to Make Corn Tortillas

Follow these simple steps for homemade corn tortillas that will make your guests shout "Ole!"


  • Step 1: Combine masa harina, salt, and water Combine the masa harina and salt in a large bowl. Add water gradually, stirring until a smooth but slightly sticky dough forms.
  • TIP: Test the dough by flattening a small ball of dough between two sheets of plastic wrap. If the edges crack, add a bit more water.
  • Step 2: Divide the dough into balls Divide the dough into 12 to 18 balls, depending on the size tortillas you want. Place the balls on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel.
  • Step 3: Cover each ball with plastic wrap and roll flat Put one ball of dough on top of a piece of plastic wrap. Cover with a second piece of plastic wrap. Use the rolling pin to flatten the ball and shape it into a circle. Set the plastic-covered tortilla aside. Repeat the process with each ball of dough.
  • TIP: Use a tortilla press instead of a rolling pin to create tortillas that are uniform in shape and size.
  • Step 4: Cook tortillas Heat the large cast-iron griddle over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the griddle and cook it for thirty seconds. Flip it to cook the other side, cooking for another thirty to forty-five seconds.
  • TIP: Fry the tortillas in corn oil to create crispy tortilla shells or tortilla chips.
  • Step 5: Remove from griddle Remove the cooked tortillas from the griddle and stack them on top of a kitchen towel. Wrap the towel around the tortillas to keep them warm while you're cooking the rest.
  • Step 6: Eat immediately or reheat when needed Eat the cooked tortillas immediately, or cover them in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • FACT: A single ear of corn contains about 800 kernels divided into 16 rows.

You Will Need

  • 2 c. masa harina
  • Salt
  • 1 c. warm water
  • Plastic wrap
  • A plate
  • A paper towel
  • A rolling pin
  • A large cast-iron griddle pan
  • A kitchen towel
  • A tortilla press (optional)
  • Corn oil (optional)

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