While in Texas last summer, my sister in law Norma would prepare a fresh batch of corn tortillas every other morning. I have prepared many over the years, but from the moment I ate the first one she had prepared, I knew I was doing something wrong, lol! Hers were so soft and pliable, where most times when I would prepare them for tacos, they would crack once in a while when you tried to fold them. I soon quizzed her on what her method was.
For years, I would start with the dry masa harina and gradually add in the hot water until the dough formed. Norma started with the water first ans gradually added the masa harina corn flour until the dough formed.
Since that trip, I have prepared at least 6 batches using Norma’s technique and it really did make a difference. I experimented with the recipe by adding olive oil and a little baking soda in the past. But in the end, I didn’t think that it really added enough to the recipe to use them again. Keep it simple. I love that we never stop learning and am so grateful for my new sister- in-law Norma.
Fresh Corn Tortillas
- tortilla press
- 1 3/4 cups warm to hot water I prefer using hot water over room temperature
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups plus 3-4 tablespoons masa harina (more or less)
You will also need
- Tortilla press or flat bottomed plate
- A heavy plastic storage bag or t-shirt bag no printing
- A nonstick comal or griddle pan
- In a large bowl, add the hot water and the salt. Stir to combine. Gradually add in the masa harina until the dough forms. It will be slightly sticky, if too sticky, add another couple of tablespoons of masa harina. Cover with plastic wrap and let set for 20 minutes.
- Cut the plastic bag down to line the inside of tortilla press, about 5X5 in size. If using the plastic(t-shirt) bags from the store, cut down and wash surface and let dry before using.
- Preheat the comal or griddle to medium heat for 5-7 minutes. A hot comal or griddle pan is very important. Take enough dough to make 20 dough balls. Keep them cover with plastic so they don’t dry out.
- When ready, roll it several times in between your hands and flatten slightly. Press to about 5 inches in diameter. Making sure the tortilla fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, peel off the plastic and transfer to hot comal or griddle. If the tortilla tears, just roll it into a ball and start over.
- Flip tortilla as soon as it releases from the comal. It shouls still look uncooked in some spots when you flip it. Cook for another 20-30 seconds. Flip once again and the tortilla should begin to inflate. If it does not inflate it could be that you already overcooked the tortilla. Gently press the tortilla with your finger tips and sometimes this will cause the tortilla to inflate. Remove from heat and keep warm in between two kitchen towels in a covered pan. The steam created will yield a softer tortilla. I promise! Tested!
Tips~ Some things to remember…
1.The dough is a bit stickier than my old recipe, so rolling several times in your hands releases a little of the moisture before cooking.
2. My hands are small, so I can only make small tortillas, hahha…bigger hands, bigger tortillas.
3. Don’t give up…my first half was not the greatest…the second half were awesome…practice, practice, practice!
Blue Corn Tortillas
For blue corn tortillas, follow the instructions for tortillas above. The only difference is that it requires a little more water, in my opinion, and the masa is more coarse. Enjoy!
Blue Corn Tortilla Quesadilla filled with Queso Oaxaca. Serve with Papas Con Chorizo! My Chorizo Casero! https://pinaenlacocina.com/chorizo-casero-rustic-mexican-chorizo/