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Freshly-made Tortillas for Cinco de Mayo

After you try these, you may never buy pre-made tortillas again!

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, my son and I made some tortillas at home. If you love tacos, give these a try! 

I prefer using white corn, but you can also make them with flour or yellow corn. You can get the Maseca white corn at any international grocery store... sometimes at and too.

These tortillas have an amazing flavor. After they're cooked, you can use them for tacos, burritos or enchiladas or fry them for chips or tostadas. The next day we heat ours up for breakfast and chilaquiles (at my house these are pieces of fried tortillas cooked with chorizo and eggs.)

Recipe:

Maseca masa (corn flour)           2 cups
Warm water                             2 cups

Equipment:

  • Tortilla press
  • Plastic circles (2) (Plastic wrap will not work. I cut mine from the plastic grocery bags. They will work just fine).
  • Flat nonstick pan

Put corn flour in bowl and add half the water and mix by hand until water is incorporated. Continue to add water in stages until the flour forms a ball. The water may vary depending on climate and moisture in the air.

Heat the pan to medium-high heat. If your stovetop runs 1 to 10, try setting it on 8. Press the ball into the center of the plastic circle on the tortilla press. Place the second plastic circle on top. Using the press machine, press lightly and consistently.

Carefully pull the plastic away so the tortilla is resting on your hand and lay it into the pan. You will see the dough start to cook. After approximately 1 minute, flip the tortilla using your hands. Another 30 to 45 seconds, and you are done.

Hold tortillas in a towel to keep them warm. Stack them as you go, just like you would do with bread.

After you try these, you may never buy pre-made tortillas again!   

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Ashley Anderson May 07, 2012 at 02:37 PM
What if you don't have a tortilla press? Is there anything else we can use? Thanks
Janet Pressly May 07, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I second Ashley, but still going to try it .I'll probably add cinnemon and sugar and make them desert tortillas
Chef John Johnson May 07, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Ashley...While a tortilla press is easily found at international store that sell Latin foods. You can press the same dough by hand and make what is called a sopa. Note: they can be cooked the same way as the tortillas or fried. After cooking they can be topped like a tostada. Or make them smaller and served with tortilla soup.
Chef John Johnson May 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Janet...after dusting them with cinnamon try them drizzles with honey.
Tom Allen May 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I can see this being a healthier alternative to the preservative-stocked tortilla and taco shells found in stores. Any advice for what to stuff them with?
Ashley Anderson May 07, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Thanks! I'm going to try the hand way. To fry it do I just put some oil in the pan and heat it up with the pan?
Chef John Johnson May 07, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Ashley I use a cast iron pan for my pan frying. Add about an inch of oil and heaton medium high heat. Place the soaps in the oil. They should be floating. When they begin to brown flip and continue cooking on the other side. Remove and place on plate with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Chef John Johnson May 07, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Tom.... the home made tortilla is definitely better for you than the processed ones you get in the stores. While there are so many things you can put into them braised pork, grilled beef or chicken. One of my favorites is fish tacos. You can either fry or grill the fish and serve in the fresh tortilla with fresh squeezed lime, shredded green cabbage, and fresh made tomato salsa. If you need a recipe for the salsa please let me know.
Chef John Johnson May 07, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Just remembered one last thing. I love to reheat the tortillas on the grill with the grilled fish. It give the tortilla a great flavor.

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