Making tortillas at home is a time-consuming, messy process. But it’s worth the effort and taste so much better than store bought.

The “mexican tortilla recipe” is a delicious and simple dish. It can be found in many different variations, but what makes this dish so easy to make? The dough is made from just flour, salt, water, and oil.

Homemade Tortillas

These Tortillas prepared from scratch are delicate, light, and oh-so-much-flavorful compared to store-bought tortillas.

Tortillas prepared from scratch in a white towelTortillas prepared from scratch in a white towelTortillas prepared from scratch in a white towel

You’re in for a treat if you’ve never tried handmade tortillas.

I recall the Mexican women in Old Town San Diego preparing these outdoors in the courtyard on a giant griddle.

They just used their hands to form the dough, set it on a massive, very hot griddle, and flip it. It was fascinating to see them operate at such a rapid pace. And the aroma of roasting maize wafted through the air.

Rick Bayless, the undisputed King of Mexican food with his several restaurants, recently demonstrated a method for manufacturing tortillas using a tortilla press at a class I was taking. It was a lot simpler, and the tortilla turned out much more evenly. As a result, I had to go out and get one.

I had so much fun preparing tortillas that I made Shrimp Tacos, Chicken Tacos, and ultimately Pulled Pork Enchiladas. The issue is, if you attempt these dishes using handmade tortillas, you’ll notice a significant difference in flavor.

The best part is that there are just two Ingredients!

So let’s get started.

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Tortillas (Homemade) Ingredients

  • Water is the lifeblood of all living things.
  • Masa Harina: Due to the quickness with which the dough comes together, this combination is frequently referred to as Instant Masa.

Masa Harina package and a cup of waterMasa Harina package and a cup of water

How to Make Tortillas at Home

There is a strategy to preparing tortillas, but once you get started, you’ll find yourself in a groove. You can shape them by hand, but I believe the tortilla press will be much easier to use.

The secret is using plastic liners. I started off using these parchment circles that I ordered whe the press. Bad mistake because each time I made a perfect tortilla, it always stuck to the paper ending up in a ripped tortilla. Not good.

Instead, I cut a 7″ round out of a gallon zip lock bag to make two plastic circles. It worked like a charm.

In a shallow bowl or basket, place a clean dish towel and leave it away. This will be where your tortillas will fall and will keep them warm.

Preheat your griddle, griddle pan, or electric frypan to 375 degrees after you have your plastic liners and towel lined dish in place. It should be set to medium-high heat. High enough to keep the tortillas from burning during cooking. It’s not essential to grease the pan.

In a medium-sized mixing basin, combine the water and masa and stir (ideally by hand) until a soft dough forms. 

Hand mixing masa and water in a white bowlHand mixing masa and water in a white bowl

The dough must be highly malleable, almost like Playdough, in order to be perfect. Add a few drops of water if it’s too dry at this stage. Add a little more masa if it’s too moist.

After that, roll the dough into a huge golf ball-sized ball.

Masa ball in the palm of a handMasa ball in the palm of a hand

Then, place a plastic liner on the tortilla press and place the dough on the plastic.

Masa ball on a sheet of parchment in a tortilla pressMasa ball on a sheet of parchment in a tortilla press

Then place the other plastic liner on the top.

Masa dough between 2 sheets of parchment in a tortilla pressMasa dough between 2 sheets of parchment in a tortilla press

Firmly push the dough out to roughly a 5″ tortilla using the levered handle.

A tortilla press making a homemade tortillaA tortilla press making a homemade tortilla

Carefully take the plastic off the top of the tortilla while holding it in your palm. Flip the tortilla over and gently peel away the plastic before placing it on the griddle. 

Homemade tortilla cooking on a griddleHomemade tortilla cooking on a griddle

Cook for 1 minute. Turn the tortilla over and cook for a further minute. Then flip the tortilla over and cook for another 20-30 seconds.

To keep the tortilla warm, place it in the towel-lined dish and cover it with the towel’s borders.

Tortillas prepared from scratch in a white towelTortillas prepared from scratch in a white towelTortillas prepared from scratch in a white towel

Carry on with the remainder of the dough in the same manner.

You should be able to create 18 tortillas using the dough you have.

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Recipes to Print

Tortillas prepared from scratch

These Tortillas prepared from scratch are delicate, light, and oh-so-much-flavorful compared to store-bought tortillas.

Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

3 minutes to cook

Course Description: Main Course

Mexican cuisine

Keyword: Tortillas, Tortillas prepared from scratch

18 Tortillas (servings)

Calories: 46 kilocalories

Pam is the author of Two Cups of Health.

Ingredients

  • Masa harina, 2 c.
  • 1/2 a cup of water

Instructions

  • Make a 7-inch circle out of a gallon zip lock bag. When you’re done, you’ll have two 7-inch plastic circles.

  • Using a clean cloth, line a small dish or basket. (This is where you’ll store your warm tortillas after they’ve been baked.)

  • Preheat your griddle or electric frypan to 375 degrees Fahrenheit next.

  • To create the dough, combine the water and masa in a medium mixing basin and stir for 2 minutes (ideally by hand) until the masa forms a soft dough. See the notes for further information.

  • Make a dough ball the size of a golf ball (about 1 oz). On a tortilla press, place a plastic sheet. Cover with the second layer of plastic and add the dough ball.

  • The tortilla should be pressed. To make a 5″ tortilla, push down firmly.

  • Place the tortilla in the palm of your hand and gradually peel off the top layer of plastic. Remove the second piece of plastic and turn the tortilla over.

  • Place the tortilla on the hot grill for 1 minute to cook. Turn the tortilla over and cook for a further minute. After that, turn the tortilla one more time and cook for around 30 seconds.

  • To keep the tortilla warm, place it in the towel-covered dish and cover it with the towel borders.

  • Carry on with the remainder of the dough in the same manner.

Notes

In this recipe, precise measurements are crucial. You’re searching for a soft dough that resembles Playdough. Add a few drops of water if the dough is too dry. If it’s too soft, a tiny bit of masa may be added.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Vitamin A: 27IU | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 33mg | Calories: 46 kilocalories | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 10g | Iron: 1mg

The “homemade tortillas taste like flour” is a common complaint of homemade tortilla users. There are many different ways to make homemade tortillas, but the most common way is by using corn flour and water.

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