Homemade tortillas are simply the best! No store-bought tortilla can compare to the ultra soft, heavenly wrap for tacos and quesadillas. The best part? You only need 3 simple ingredients to make these yourself this homemade corn tortillas recipe. Make sure to read through the tips and suggestions for the best results!
Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe
Homemade corn tortillas are like gold in a Mexican household! They truly take your meal experience to the next level. My grandma used to make them from scratch all the time. My grandpa grew corn and brought it home for my grandma to grind down and make into corn flour to make tortillas. Now that is homemade!
Luckily, you don’t have to grind your own maize to make your corn flour nowadays! You only need 3 ingredients to make these tortillas:
Harina de maíz (corn flour) – also known as masa harina and not to be confused with cornstarch. You can get this at any Mexican grocery store or large grocery such as Foodmaxx, Lucky’s, Albertson’s, Safeway and Whole Foods. Brands that are Mexican-mom approves include Maseca, Minsa, and Goya.
Harina de maiz (masa harina) is nixtamilized corn flour which is dried corn that has been cooked and soaked in an alkaline solution. This is a special process that was developed by the Mayan and Aztec people. The Nixtamalization makes the corn easier to digest and it also helps nutrients be more readily available. Many corn tortillas made in the united states do not use this process. Look for the word “nixtamalized” when buying corn tortillas or masa harina.
I used blue harina de maiz for these but you can use yellow/white corn flour which is also very authentic. FUN FACT: blue corn tortillas turn pink if you add an acid such as lime! Super fun to play around with 🙂
Making Tortillas without a Tortilla Press
I highly recommend investing in a tortilla press to make them more often (trust me, you’ll want to!). Click here for one of the most recommended tortilla press out there.
If you don’t have one, not to worry! You can still make this recipe. You can use a heavy baking dish or a rolling pin! Click here to check out more details on how to make tortillas without a press.
Tips to make the BEST Tortillas
- Use the right kind of corn flour. Look for the word “nixtamalized” when buying.
- Only use warm water to make these tortillas. Warm water is best used to rehydrate the flour, it helps activate the bits of corn skin, also known as pericarp.
- Keep warm water accessible to sprinkle on your hands when rolling into dough balls.
- Use parchment paper or plastic to press your tortillas on a tortilla press.
- Cook tortillas on medium heat on a griddle (also called comal in Spanish).