What do you do when you love tacos but don’t love the mile long ingredient list on store bought tortillas? You make them yourself. Even though this may seem like a lot of work it is surprisingly simple. All you need to make tortillas at home is masa harina(corn flour), salt (optional), and water. A tortilla press will speed up the process but it is not necessary.
When making these tortillas try to press them as thin as you can using a heavy flat object (I use my cast iron pan). Before they are cooked the tortillas will be extremely fragile, so handle them gently to ensure they don’t tear.
Making these homemade tortillas for your family is a labor of love. You can be proud knowing that you are serving your loved ones real whole food without preservatives or artificial ingredients. Plus, a fresh homemade tortilla has so much more flavor then any packaged variety.
These simple three-ingredient homemade tortillas are healthier than store bought varieties and add authentic masa flavor.
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 cup masa harina
- 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients thoroughly to form dough. If dough is sticky, add more masa harina. If dough is dry and hasn't incorporated all of the masa, add more water.
Divide dough into 4 equal sections and roll them into balls. Cut a large zipper bag down both sides and open fully. Place the ball of dough in the center of one of the halves of the bag and fold the other half over top of it. This keeps your tortilla from sticking to anything when it is being pressed.
Using a heavy flat object (I use my cast iron pot) or a tortilla press, apply pressure until tortilla is very thin, but not transparent. Thin tortillas are more fragile so it's alright to leave it a bit thicker on your first try.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the tortilla and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Wrap warm tortillas in a clean dish towel to keep them warm and tender while the others cook