March 15, 2010 by Flora Dawn
The corn tortilla. It seems like a lot of people hate them. I think part of the problem with corn tortillas is that they don’t taste that great once they have been cooled, wrapped, and set on a store shelf for some undisclosed time. Basically, I think the ones we buy at the grocery store are stale.
If you have ever had authentic Mexican food, consisting of fresh, warm tortillas, now those are a different story. Those corn tortillas are actually quite good. And who knew, they are actually quite easy to make.
I found a heavy duty plastic tortilla press at the grocery store for $5.99, so I threw it in my cart and the next day we were making corn tortillas. They are so easy, so quick, and oh so much better than the store bought variety, and they fold without breaking!
I must warn you against buying a plastic tortilla press though. Mine broke the second time I made a batch of tortillas. I am now looking for a nice quality cast iron press like this one Imusa Victoria Cast Iron Tortilla Press, 6.5 Inch. I have several other cast iron pieces and once well-seasoned they are virtually indestructible.
There may be better recipes out there, but I just followed the directions on the Maseca Corn Flour, 4.4 lbs. bag. I found Maseca at my regular grocery store, along with the Mexican food. It costs about $7 a bag, about twice the price of the other major brand, but I was much happier with the results. You simply add water and salt. I used my cast iron griddle, so there was no need to add fat or oil to the pan. Meseca corn flour has no cholesterol, no sodium, and is high in fiber and low in fat. I don’t work for these people, really. I just love this stuff.
So, if you have ever thought about making homemade corn tortillas, I say get a tortilla press and a bag of Maseca and give it a try. It is a small investment with delicious results. And if you have children or grandchildren, they are going to love helping.
Had I known tortillas were so easy, I would have started making them years ago. Homemade corn tortillas are definitely worth making.
You form a ball of dough and place on plastic lined tortilla press (I simply cut open a resealable plastic bag).
You press down.
Ta Da……you have a perfectly shaped tortilla.
You carefully transfer the tortilla to a hot pan (I used a cast iron griddle) and cook for about 50 seconds each side.
The freshly cooked tortilla.
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Homemade Corn Tortillas ( makes 8 )
- 1 cup Maseca corn flour
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Combine ingredients and knead to form a soft dough (I actually used a fork, but hands would work here). If dough is dry, add water, 1 tsp at time.
- Form dough into 8 equal balls.
- Flatten in plastic-lined tortilla press. I used a heavy resealable plastic bag, cut; plastic wrap or wax paper could also be used.
- Transfer pressed dough to a hot griddle or pan, on medium heat; if it should break during transfer, just reform ball and press again. This happened to me a few times before I got the hang of handling the dough.
- Cook tortillas about 50 seconds per side. Cover with a soft cloth to keep tortillas soft and warm. Serve.