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Red Chile Infused Corn Tortillas

If you enjoy a homemade corn tortilla, you will really enjoy these red chile infused corn tortillas! Delicious for tacos, and especially for rolled or stacked enchiladas!
Course Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour



  • For Chile Puree
  • 10 to 12   dried chile Guajillo New Mexico  or California, stem and seeds removed
  • Water to cover
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon oregano optional
  • 1 cup water

For Tortillas

  • 2 1/3 cups masa harina corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2  to 3/4 cup chile puree



  • Add the dried chiles to a sauce pan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Using tongs or slotted spoon, transfer chiles to the blender. Add 1 cup of cooking water, and spices listed. Blend on high until smooth, strain sauce through a wire mesh strainer, set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine the masa harina and salt. In another bowl, combine the chile puree and warm water. Add the dry ingredients to the wet until the dough forms.  If the dough is sticky, add a little more masa harina, if it's too dry, add a little more liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a heavy, stove top griddle pan or comal to medium heat. While the pan is heating, roll 15 to 20 masa balls, about the size of a golf ball. Transfer the masa balls to a large plate and keep covered with plastic. Line your tortilla press w/ a quart size freezer back, cut  into two separate squares to size of tortilla press.
  • Press the masa ball to about 4 1/2 -5 inches, carefully pick up the tortilla and peel the plastic away and lay onto hot griddle. Cook for about 30 to 35 seconds each side. The tortilla should puff out when you turn it. Transfer them to a pan lined with a clean kitchen towel and a lid to cover. Covering them in the pan will create some steam and in turm yield a soft tortilla.
  • Before storing tortillas, spread out onto a towel to air dry just for 10 minutes. Store in ziploc style bags in the refrigerator. Reheat on a hot griddle or comal for best results. Yields up to 15 to 20 tortillas.


For the softest tortillas, don't forget to keep them covered in a pot lined with a towel as you cook them! The steam created will soften the tortillas. On occasion, I may add a drizzle of oil to my masa while mixing. This is optional.