Corn Tortillas are a staple in Mexican food. If you love to make Mexican food often, you will need to have some type of tortillas in your home. Even though store bought tortillas are not expensive at all, it is really easy to make. A bag of instant corn flour is really inexpensive, and most cost less than $2. That bag can make so many dozens of tortillas and you can make as many as you need for each meal. Once you start making your own tortillas at home, you will never buy store bought again.
2 Cups instant corn flour “Maseca” is a common brand
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cup of warm water ½ cup of water just in case you need more
In a large bowl, add corn flour and salt and mix well.
Add water and mix with the flour.
It will be stick and feel muddy at first, but keep mixing by hand and it will eventually come all together.
Once you get the dough together, if you feel a little dry, add 1 tsp of water at a time until the dough feels like soft play dough.
Knead the dough for 4 – 5 minutes
Once Kneaded, the dough will not be sticky and feel really smooth.
Allow the dough to rest for 15 – 20 minutes covered with a damp cloth.
Separate the dough into small dough balls. A little bigger than a golf ball, this will make 6 – 8 inch corn tortillas.
If you like to do tortillas often, I suggest taking a gallon zip lock bag and cutting the sides and top off the bag. This will allow you to place in your tortilla press and make ease of pressing your tortillas.
Using a tortilla press and a trimmed plastic zip lock bag, place the dough ball in the middle. Smash the dough ball to slightly flatten it out.
With the plastic on the bottom and top of the dough ball, press the tortillas using the press.
Open the press, flip the tortilla around and press again.
On a griddle or pan set to medium high heat, place your pressed tortilla and allow to cook for 45 seconds.
Flip and cook for 1 minute. Flip and press on the tortilla with the bottom of a spatula or spoon to allow the tortilla to separate and puff. Cook for another 30 seconds and place in a tortilla holder or plate covering with a kitchen towel.
Allow to cool and enjoy!