Thursday, January 24, 2013

Homemade Corn Tortillas

My family enjoys having soft tacos for dinner.  The guys have flour tortillas, and Laura and I eat corn tortillas to avoid gluten.  Store bought corn tortillas aren't that great, so I've been making homemade corn tortillas. 

At first, I tried making them by hand, which didn't work well at all.  I also tried flattening them with the bottom of a pan, only to discover that the pan was slightly warped (raised in the center).  So I've been rolling each tortilla out with a rolling pin, which works alright but is kind of a slow process.

I just purchased a tortilla press, and making those tortillas is so quick and easy!

To make corn tortillas, combine 2 cups masa flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/4 cups water.  Mix until the dough holds together, adding a little more flour or water if necessary.  It will feel kind of like Playdoh when it's ready.

Next, section the dough into 16 sections, and form each into a ball.  At this stage, I also like to partially flatten each dough ball.  Place each dough ball into a plastic bag to keep them from drying out.

Place a sheet of plastic wrap over the bottom plate of the tortilla press, place a dough ball on it, place another piece of plactic wrap over the dough ball, then press if flat until it measures about 5 to 6 inches across.


Toss it into a hot pan (medium high heat) and cook for 50 to 60 seconds.  Turn it over and cook for another 50 to 60 seconds.  Remove the tortilla from the pan and cover with a clean cloth to keep it warm.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Serve immediately.

Muy bueno!

Cindy

10 comments:

  1. It has been a long time since I've made my own tortillas, but I made start again so I can guarantee I'm using non-GMO corn. Pinned to my Gf boards.

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  2. I ended up with a bag of masa after accidentally grabbing it at the store last week instead of grabbing cornmeal. I was just thinking about what I could make with it now that I have it here. I could totally make corn tortillas. Thanks for the idea!

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  3. Can anyone share the same type but with a "GF Flour"?

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    1. Masa flour, also called Masa Harina, is a type of corn flour, so it is gluten free.

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  4. can you use a tortilla press on both corn & flour tortillas?

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    1. Yes! I use the tortilla press for both. I'll be posting a recipe for gluten free flour tortillas as soon as I have a recipe I like.

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  5. Can someone tell me the manufacturer of this corn flour. I want to be sure they use non gmo. I was pretty sure that 90% of all corn products were gmo. Thank you

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    1. I did some research and add long as I buy Bob's Mills it is gmo free.

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  6. Moving from South Texas to Iceland leaves me longing for good Mexican. Can anyone tell me if I can use polenta and add some lime to it, in stead of Masa (since such is unavailable in the land of Ice) when making tortillas and tamales.

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    1. Masa flour (masa harina) is made by soaking dried corn in a solution of calcium hydroxide (slaked lime). The corn is them washed, ground, and dried into the powder called masa harina.
      You could use polenta, or cornmeal, if you grind it into a flour, although the taste will not be the same. To get the authentic taste you're looking for, you might have to order the masa flour (Amazon, maybe?).

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