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Monday, February 13, 2012

Homemade Corn Tortillas: Secret Recipe Club

Secret Recipe Club is back!  They/we took a break for the month of January but now we're back at it again for February.  This month I got the blog Adventures in All Things Food, which I found ironic at the time since my blog was name Adventures in Marriage and I was in the middle of the creative part of the name change process, which led to the 'new' What's Brewing in the Kitchen.  Anyway, I was excited to get this blog since Andrea seemed to have a good deal of DIY-style recipes posted and I'm always interested in learning how to make some basic items on my own.  

I chose the DIY Corn Tortillas and they turned out fabulous!  The texture (crisp, but still tender) and flavor (toasty and corny) were far, far better than store-bought.  I will definitely be returning to this recipe in the future!  We made our tortillas on the smaller side; we used 1 ounce balls of dough which gave us about a 4 inch diameter tortilla.  Small, but workable.  I didn't complain since it meant I ate 5-6 tacos instead of 2-3 of the larger size!  

If you are interested in making tortillas on your own, I highly recommend this recipe.  The only additional equipment you need is a tortilla press.  We found ours for about 20 dollars at a local international grocery store.  We didn't mind making the investment since we know we will use it in the future.

Corn Tortillas
makes approximately 20 4-inch tortillas

2 cups masa (corn masa flour, or maiz meal)
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt 

  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl.  Dough will be thick, and on the dry side, definitely not sticky.  
  • Using a kitchen scale, measure 1 ounce portions of dough and form into balls.  They will be approximately one inch in diameter.  

  • Keep the balls on a sheet pan under a wet towel.  They will get dry if left uncovered.  
  • Cover your tortilla press with plastic wrap and put a ball of dough inside.  Place it closer to the hinged side, not in the center as it will not spread evenly when smooshed.  

  • Place the newly formed tortilla in a skillet brushed with shortening or vegetable oil.  Cook on medium heat for 1-2 minutes per side, until the nice blister marks appear.  
  • As the tortillas finish cooking, make a pile on a plate and cover them with a towel to keep warm.  

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Andrea Kruse said...

Glad you enjoyed the recipe! We are hooked on the taste of homemade and with practice we can knock em' out pretty fast.

Glad to connect with you through SRC. Have a great day!

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

I've had homemade tortillas and they are divine! I have never made them myself though.
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gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Wow! what an adventure making them.I've had them homemade in Mexico and they are great!
They look delicious.

Unknown said...

aha, a tortilla press! THAT's how it's done. Now I know not to attempt it with a rolling pin :-)

Heather said...

Oh score! We've never made the corn tortillas before but I have some leftover mass in my cabinet from done chili I made so I think I have a great pantry user upper recipe right here for that! Great pic. And I'm glad you stopped by my site earlier to check out my pic of your no knead bread recipe for this month!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I so need to get a tortilla press and make these! We go through so many corn tortillas you wouldn't believe it! Thanks!

Lisa~~ said...

I never knew that making tortillas was so easy. Great SRC choice.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

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Sarah said...

fun! i have never really thought about making my own tortillas, but you have inspired me to try:)

Jeanette said...

I haven't made homemade corn tortillas in a while - you're reminded me how good they were, so nice and soft, nothing like fresh tortillas. Great pick for SRC!

Erin @ WholesomeRD said...

How cool! I LOVE this idea! I make a lot of dishes that need corn tortillas but I never thought about making my own! :)

Betsy said...

Ok, I have had a bag of "corn flour" that does not say "masa" or "masa harina" on it. Wondering if there's a difference? I've been putting off trying to make tortillas with it for a while. I'm stopping by from SRC but I'd love if you check our my new site February is oranges month so if you have any orange recipes, we'd love if you'd link up!

ps. if you like DIY, you should check out the book DIY Delicious

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

I've always wanted to make my own tortillas. Looks like so much fun.

If you haven't had a chance, please stop by and visit my SRC post for Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies