Everything you need to know about how to make corn tortillas at home! What you need, step-by-step process from start to finish and how to keep them warm. They're easy to make and perfect for taco night!
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Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas

Everything you need to know about how to make corn tortillas at home! What you need, step-by-step process from start to finish and how to keep them warm. They're easy to make and perfect for taco night!
Prep Time1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breads, Sides
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 Tortillas
Calories: 67kcal
Author: Isabel Eats

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 2/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water, plus more if necessary
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil*

Instructions

  • Add 2 cups masa harina and 2/3 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Mix together with a spoon.
  • Pour 1 1/2 cups hot water and 1 teaspoon olive oil into the bowl and mix together until all the water is absorbed. Using your hands, form the dough into a big ball. The dough should be firm and springy when touched, not dry or super sticky. If the mixture is too dry, add more water in small amounts until the dough is springy and holds together.
  • Place the dough ball in the bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. This will help ensure that all the water gets absorbed.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball with the palms of your hands and place them in the mixing bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap to keep the balls moist while you're working.
  • Preheat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Open the gallon-sized Ziploc bag and cut the seams on each side so that it makes one large rectangular piece of plastic. Open the tortilla press and lay the plastic inside of it so that it covers the upper and bottom parts of the tortilla press.
  • Place one dough ball in the middle of the tortilla press, close the top and gently press to flatten it out. Open the tortilla press and peel back the Ziploc bag to transfer the tortilla to your hand.
  • Place the flattened tortilla onto the hot skillet and cook for 20 seconds. Flip it over and cook for 20 more seconds to seal in the heat. Flip it over again and cook for about 40 seconds or so, until the tortilla starts to bubble or puff up and beautiful brown marks form. Flip over one last time and cook until beautiful brown marks form.
  • Remove the tortilla and place it in a tortilla warmer¬†or in a clean kitchen towel that's placed inside a large Ziploc bag to keep it warm.
  • Continue cooking the remaining tortillas.
  • Serve immediately or store in a large Ziploc bag in the fridge for up to 10 days.

Notes

If you don't have a tortilla press, you can use a large casserole dish to flatten the masa dough in between two sheets of parchment paper.
To keep tortillas warm and pliable when serving: Place tortillas inside a tortilla warmer like this or wrap them in a clean kitchen towel and place them inside a large gallon-sized Ziploc bag to help them retain heat and moisture.
Storage: Fresh corn tortillas can be stored in a plastic storage bag in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Reheating: Reheat corn tortillas in a skillet or griddle over high heat until fully warmed through. To reheat in the microwave, wrap corn tortillas in a damp paper towel and place on a plate. Microwave on high in 10-second increments until fully warmed through.
*This recipe was originally posted in 2017 and was updated in April 2019 with a slight recipe change. 1 teaspoon of oil has been added to the original recipe because I find that the tortillas are more pliable and less likely to crack. If you prefer to make this recipe without any oil, you can do that too. Just make sure you keep the tortillas moist and covered at all times when keeping them warm.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas
Amount Per Serving (1 tortilla)
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tortilla | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g