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How to Make Corn Tortillas

How to make fresh, handmade corn tortillas from corn masa flour. A step-by-step recipe with instructions and tips for authentic, freshly made and delicious tortillas every time.

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– 1 heaping cup corn masa flour, 1 1/2 cup water, pinch of salt
– Mix and let corn masa rest for 15-20 min
– Preheat griddle or comal
– Prepare 8 masa balls ~ 2 in diameter
– Press, slide onto griddle and turn
– Turn again, and finish cooking until tortilla puffs
– Remove and keep warm in tortillero
– Enjoy, and buen provecho!

1. Check the relationship between the corn masa and water and let it rest for at least 15-20 min before use
2. Ensure a high temp of comal before placing the tortilla
3. Apply gentle pressure to the tortilla press
4. Time to 1st turn – as soon as edge appears slightly done
5. Cook for ~ 1 min before the 2nd turn

68 thoughts on “How to Make Corn Tortillas

  1. A recipe for perfect, fresh hand-made tortillas.  Enjoy!
    #tortillas,  #corntortillas  #tacos, #masa

  2. Hi , thank you so much for the recipe but my tortilla did not puff up , i did everything but it just didn’t. Do you know why?

    1. Adriana Leiva
      They say that some times there don’t do that…
      So don’t worry it will happen eventually. .

  3. Hola Adriana.  Suggest you consider: 1) temperature of comal (needs to be super hot), 2) the amount of water in the masa, 3) time to 1st turn (as soon as edge appears slightly done and 4) cook for ~ 1 min before the 2nd turn.  It will puff! Have fun and enjoy!  Please let me know how they came out.  Thanks! 

    1. +Jauja Cocina Mexicana oh, thank you so much! i always wanted to know how to make my own tortillas at home. this is so easy and i’m excited to go out this weekend to buy the things i will need to make them. i’ll be sure to let you know how they turned out.

    2. +jeanette johnson It is my pleasure Jeanette. I am pretty sure they will turn out absolutely delish 🙂 Thanks for letting me know 🙂 Good luck, and please enjoy!

    1. +helpfulnatural Hola! Tortilla presses have become widely available in the US, and you may search Google with that keyword for ideas. Other methods include “tortear a mano”, literally to press and shape tortillas by hand. A common shortcut to this method is seen in Jauja’s video of Gorditas de Chicharron – equally authentic Place the masa ball between the plastic sheets. Gently press and form with fingers and palm until it reaches its characteristic shape. Traditional, and absolutely delish fresh handmade Corn Tortillas. Enjoy!

    2. I have a press and thats what i use but i have used two plates before and pressed down on them. If them are a little uneven i finish rolling them out w a rolling pin.. i also use this trick for hamburgers helps w flattening out the patties 🙂 hope that helps.

    1. +Big Chickoy Thanks so much for your comment. Please enjoy and let me know how they came out 🙂

  4. The best presentation of homemade tortillas I have ever seen.A wonderful instructional video !!! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience !!!!

    1. +drendee Hola! My heartfelt thanks for your lovely comment. You just made my day 🙂 I am thrilled you have found it helpful – and the outcome traditionally delish. Please enjoy, and thanks again!

  5. Two-step Taco Tuesday. Part I. Handmade corn tortillas. Warm. Soft. Fresh.
    #mexicanfood   #mexicancooking   #mexicanrecipes   #tacotuesday  

    1. Hola Ira 🙂 Aren’t tortillas themselves bestowed with the force of nature which bends timespace after all ? Tortilla power 🙂 🙂 🙂 Buen provecho, and see you back soon 🙂

    2. Thank you for your instructions. I love Mexican flavours, and I need to eat only gluten free foods. You are lovely to listen to, and even though I have French but no Spanish, I can still easily follow your instructions. Gracias!

    3. Great video, I have always wonder d how to get them to puff. What does tapping them do after the first flip?

    1. +Jauja Cocina Mexicana thanks!,…….. Modern day is about adding fat, oil, sugar,..all the products to dumb you down and make you NOT healthy,….. keep it simple, keep it real is how it should be. 🙂

    2. +ellaskins Happy to find someone who also embraces the KISS principle 🙂 Enjoy, and buen provecho!

  6. You might have answered this already…but, there are so many comments, I gave up! LOL!
    Since I moved to Europe from North America (Canada), I have NOT been able to find masa here. WHAT can I substitute it for? Corn meal and flour perhaps? Please let me know. Gracias! xo

    1. +Adam Daniel OK. No problem. Try sending me another message. That worries me that I didn’t get your first one. 99902404. Thanks Adam! 

    2. Hi Goran. I just sent you a SMS hopefully you get it. The package has arrived from the UK so I just need to arrange where to get it to you.

    3. Will text you in the morning with the cost – its not much, between 5 and 10 euros once I find the receipt.

    1. +Rain Grey Hola! Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Unsure myself 🙂 No biggie. I hope you enjoy these Tortillas with your family. Delish. Happy to help with any questions, and hope to see you back soon. Buen provecho!

  7. Yummy! I can’t wait to make these today! I love your tip on letting them rest for 20 min. Having Tacos tomorrow with my tortillas!

    1. +TheCreativeChica Hola! Thanks so much for your comment. They are delish, and would love hearing how they turned out. Hope to see you back soon, and please enjoy. Buen provecho!

  8. I made my tortillas! They came out great! I’m going to make tacos with them tonight! Thanks for the video!

  9. i live in greece i don’t have a presser!
    can i use something else?
    like pressing the ball with a pot or something?

    1. Hola Nikos 🙂 Many thanks for reaching out. The pot-pressing works for some, but you can easily hand-press, as shown at 00:50 in Picaditas. Mexican Street Food here Please enjoy, and let me know how they turned out. Buen provecho 🙂

  10. Oh my gosh! I was like a child when she poked the tortilla in the pan and it just puffed up immediately. I actually opened my eyes and mouth. It was like magic to

  11. These look amazing! I’m going to make these at home very soon with your recipe. Thank you!

    Also, I would love to learn how to make a tortillero like yours. I made one when I was a child but I forget what the materials were. Do you know what materials I would need? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hola Ashley. Many thanks. Delish 🙂 Bought my tortillero in one of the artesanías markets in Mexico City. Sorry I am unable to provide a list of materials 🙂 Buen provecho, and see you back soon 🙂

  12. This tortilla press is amazing. I wish I could get one in Poland. Best regards and thank you for wonderful recipe.

    1. Im polish and i am married to a hispanic man. I wish u could get a press too. Try amazon. They r awesome. He doesnt like traditional polish food 🙁 so i make it just for me but our new priest is polish so now i can cook for him 🙂

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