Making corn tortillas from scratch is an incredibly simple process with the help of a tortilla press. And I promise it is worth the effort because freshly made corn tortillas absolutely blow away the store-bought bagged version. Here's the recipe I got from Bob's Red Mill. They are perfect for any Mexican-themed dinner night!
Blend the masa harina and salt with a whisk or fork.
Pour in the warm water. I heat my water in a glass measuring cup in the microwave for 1 minute.
Stir together the mixture with a wooden spoon until dough starts to form...not too sticky and not too dry. Add more water or flour if necessary. Finish mixing the dough with your hands. You can also mix the dough in a Kitchen Aid Mixer with the dough blade.
Make a log out of the dough (pictured). Cut it into twelve equal pieces by first cutting down the middle, then cutting each piece in half again, then cutting the remaining pieces into thirds until you have twelve pieces.
Roll each piece into a round ball. Flatten each ball onto a cutting board then cover the entire board (and dough) with plastic wrap.
Heat a cast iron skillet over med-high/high heat. It is important to let the pan heat up thoroughly before you start cooking the tortillas. So let the empty pan heat up while the dough rests under the plastic wrap for 10 – 15+ minutes. By the time I am ready to cook my tortillas my pan is smoking a little.
Flatten the dough balls into tortillas with a tortilla press by doing the following (pictured as follows)
Cover the inside of the top and bottom of the press with plastic wrap. Place one dough ball at a time on the bottom of the press
Close the top and push down on the handle as hard as you can.
To ensure the dough is pressed evenly you can flip the tortilla around 180 degrees and press again. It’s that simple!
Spray some oil onto the hot smoking cast iron skillet and then toss in the first tortilla. It only takes a minute to cook on each side (be sure you flip it once). You don’t want the tortilla to cook too much longer than a minute or two because it will start to become stiff. Keep the tortillas warm and covered until all of them are done.
Special equipment needed: tortilla press, and preferably a cast iron skillet for cookingWe recommend organic ingredients when feasible.Nutrition Facts
Easy Whole-Grain Corn Tortillas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.