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Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe - How to Make Corn Tortillas from Scratch

Learn how to make homemade corn tortillas with this easy-to-follow guide, including step-by-step photos and information on technique, ingredients, and tools you'll need.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: how to, recipe, tortillas
Servings: 8 tortillas
Calories: 52kcal


  • Tortilla press


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


  • Heat pan to medium-high heat.
  • 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.
  • Form the dough into 8 golf-ball-sized balls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Serve!


Do I Need a Tortilla Press to Make Corn Tortillas? You do not need a tortilla press to make homemade corn tortillas, but it does make the job easier. The tortilla press makes it much easier to get a flat, consistent tortilla. If you do not have one, use a rolling pin or a heavy pan to flatten the dough into tortillas.
How Can I Prevent My Corn Tortillas From Drying Out. If you are making a large batch of tortillas, cover the stack of freshly pressed dough with a slightly damp towel to keep them slightly moist. If you do not cook them right away, they may dry out rather quickly.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg