Masa Harina

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Consistency is key when mixing your masa for homemade corn tortillas. Get the recipe:

33 thoughts on “Homemade Corn Tortillas

  1. I buy the dry, bagged maseca because I just make a few at a time.  I don’t have a press so I pat them out by hand.  It’s amazing how much better they taste than buying them fresh from the tortillaria.  I learned how to pat them out by watching real Mexican ladies on Youtube do it. I didn’t know about the trick to laying them down, I just plopped them. I’ll now have them mastered with the ‘lay down’ technique implemented. 🙂

    1. +Tem Rossi I’ve never seen a Mexican lady plop, they all lay them down. You’ll get it I’m sure.

  2. this is a great instruction video, but its missing the element of how to make it from dry maseca, i think a bit more description on that would be useful and informative.

    1. +jrmint2 You can just follow the directions on the package for that. If I remember correctly, just add water, mix to the consistency mentioned in the video and you’re good to go.

    2. +jrmint2 I use the dry stuff and just add water and salt. 1/2 teaspoon of salt per cup of flour. Enough warm water to get the consistency you want. Some cooks say to add 1/2 teaspoon of corn oil per cup of flour – I have done it both ways, not sure there is much difference.

  3. Thank you for the recipe. I would love for you to make Corundas from the state of michoacan , México .

  4. watched a bunch of other videos before seeing that Rick Bayless has one on the topic!

    1. I live in Hong Kong and cannot buy a tortilla press..I use the 2 plastic method but it gets much more difficult rolling them with a rolling pin. Can you give me any tips? Many thanks, Rick!

    2. hse plastic as if you had the press but leave it in the flat counter top and use a skillet and press evenly it should work.

  5. I learned the secret to puffing tortillas’s . roll them thin, cook 30 seconds, turn, cook 30 seconds, turn, and so on . they will puff. I watched every video in english and spanish and have learned all the secrets. thick one’s will not puff.

  6. Mine will never puff up! What am I doing wrong? I am using Meseca and the dough is soft. Also using a wooden tortilla press.

    1. Eric Hansen I finally had some help with these. I did need to make them thinner, and needed to increase the temperature as far as it could go on my electric griddle. Also not overcooking the first side is important. My Hispanic friend came and helped me and I taught her and her son how to make apple pie! It was a fun day. Homemade tortillas beat store bought ones all to pieces.

    2. Sally Stamm you got it right on, the truck is upon laying the tortilla down, just leave it a short time, then flip asap, let the second side brown we’ll, then flip and you get that beautiful pillow effect. I love when different cultures can learn from one another.

  7. Gracias señor Rick!😀
    Soy Mexicana y me encantan sus recetas, muy bien explicadas y facil de preparar!

  8. Hey Rick, thanks for the video! I made myself some fish tacos last night and tried to make my own corn tortillas. I borrowed a press from my mother in law but found that the dough wasn’t getting nice and flat. It just sort of made a thick mini pancake. I ended up using a rolling pin and the tortillas tasted good (were a bit more crispy than I think they should be).

    I’m wondering what my problem was. I think my dough was a bit too dry. Would that result in the press not flattening it out into a nice thin circle? Is it possible the press itself is a little warped and isn’t making a flat connection? I looked at it and can’t see anything off… Also, i used P.A.N. Cornmeal that my wife uses for arepas. Is that appropriate for this recipe?


  9. Hi Rick, I’m a Californian transplanted to Australia. For years we went without corn tortillas. Finally were able to get dried masa, and make our own. A few months ago I found a local supply of great tortillas, packaged, but almost as good as a tortilleria. I still make my own from time to time and I think they will be better, because of the techniques you showed. So glad you posted this video.

  10. it does not tell me “how to make” the tortilla ingredients and what I need to “make” – sorry…this is not good…

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