corn tortillas

You may, or may not know that I am a huge fan of Mexican food.  I have lived in New Mexico almost my entire life, and so naturally, I have grown up eating and enjoying wonderful New Mexican food.  There are quite a few mexican food recipes on my website, including posole and homemade flour tortillas, but one thing I always buy pre-made is corn tortillas.  I am not really sure why… I just never took the time to learn how to make them. 

I happened to buy some Masa Harina on impulse, the other day, and figured I would try  my hand at creating a corn tortilla recipe. (Quick side note, Bob’s Red Mill uses GMO-free corn to create the Masa Harina, and it’s naturally gluten-free!). 

Similar to homemade flour tortillas, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to create a corn tortilla recipe.  All it takes is masa harina and water, and a couple minutes, and you have fresh, homemade corn tortillas 🙂 

Corn Tortilla Recipe

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water

Combine masa, salt and water and mix together until smooth.  Turn out onto a clean surface and knead until pliable.  Wrap in plastic or put in a bowl and cover tightly for 30 minutes. 

You can cook the tortillas on a cast iron skillet (recommended) or a large pan.  Warm your skillet or pan over medium heat. 

Divide the dough into 16 even-sized balls (about the size of a golf ball) and use a tortilla press to shape them into round circles.  You can also put the dough between two pieces of plastic and roll it out with a rolling pin or a sturdy glass. 

Place corn tortilla on the heated skillet or pan and cook 30 seconds a side, or until starting to brown.  Remove from heat and store in a tortilla warmer or on a plate, covered with a clean towel, and continue until all tortillas are cooked. 

homemade enchiladas with corn tortillas

You can use your freshly made corn tortillas to make pork carnitas, authentic red chili enchiladas (shown above), or huevos rancheros

Have you ever tried a corn tortilla recipe?  What is your favorite recipe with corn tortillas? 

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4 Responses to Corn Tortilla Recipe

  1. MC Ford says:

    In your recipe, you have a “Quick side note” that says that Bob’s Red Mill DOES use GMO corn. When I read the website for Bob’s Red Mill it states that it uses NON-GMO corn however that no masa harina is organic because of the way it is created. Is that just a typo on your part or do you have more information about Bob’s Red Mill product. I ask only because it is very important to me that I use non-GMO products. Thank you very much!

    • Andrea says:

      Just a typo! Thanks for pointing that out (I’ve corrected it). As far as I know, Bob’s Red Mill doesn’t use any GMO products in their facilities.

  2. Teresa says:

    I am going to try this. It looks very simple.

  3. I’ve tried making my own flour tortillas, but I’ve never thought to make my own corn tortillas. I usually try to buy them from health food stores, but homemade is always best. Great recipe.

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