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April 26, 2014

How to Make Homemade Corn Tortillas

How to Make Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade corn tortillas are essential to authentic Mexican cuisine. Sure, you can purchase a pack cheap from the local grocer, but the homemade version has a fresh corn flavor that brings the meal home. They’re also extremely easy to make.


  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1/2 cup water (+ more as needed)
  • Pinch of salt

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat pan to medium-high heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add masa, water and salt. Mix to form a dough. If it feels too dry, add water a little at a time to achieve the needed consistency. It should not be too wet as to be too sticky.
  3. Form the dough into 8 golf-ball-sized balls.
  4. Line a tortilla press with parchment paper and press each of the balls into a flat tortilla. If you do not have a press, use a rolling pin and get them nice and flat.
  5. Dry cook them on the hot pan about 1-2 minutes on the first side, until they begin to brown and puff up, then flip and cook 30-60 seconds more until browned and cooked through.
  6. Serve!

NOTE: The pan cooking time can vary depending on the heat level. Just look for the tortillas to brown and grow puffy.

Step by Step Instructions

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Add the Masa Harina to a Mixing Bowl

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Add Water and Salt, and Mix.

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Form the dough into 8 golf-ball-sized balls.



Homemade Corn Tortillas

Isn't that a nice looking tortilla? Now they're ready for pan roasting.

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade Tortillas - Great for Mexican Dishes and More

You can purchase your own tortilla press and tortilla holder/warmer from the following links. NOTE: These are affiliate links, so we do get a commission.

Tortilla Press: IMUSA, VICTORIA-85008, Cast Iron Tortilla Press, Black, 8-Inches

Tortilla Holder/Warmer: IMUSA, MEXI-1000-TORTW, Tortilla Warmer, Brick Color, 8.5-Inches

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