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Homemade corn tortillas

Picked up a tortilla press a few months back at the Mexican grocery up in Spokane WA and now that things are finally settling down I am working on making my own corn tortillas instead of buying the store bought kind.

While they are tasty, it is going to take a bit of practice until I get them to where I like them (in no way are they anything like what you buy in the store) so the way I usually use them will probably have to change a bit.

Tortillas are pretty simple. Masa harina (this you should be able to find at your local grocery store), water and salt. I did find a tip about adding some cornstarch to make them more pliable, seems to work. Tried it once, needs more experimentation.

I use 2 cups masa, a couple teaspoons cornstarch and slowly add 1 1/2 cups salted warm water and mix. I had looked thru quite a few recipes and videos on the web and all are pretty much the same. A small egg sized ball between plastic (most sites recommended cutting a ziploc bag) and squish in the press.

The trick is coming up with the right consistency, not too dry and not too wet. Most sites say you will eventually feel it when you've made them often enough. I am getting there.

I have found cooking them on my electric griddle is best for me, if only because I can make up to about 6 at a time. Just a matter of finding the right temp. Last night I did spray to cooking spray on it and that seemed to help a bit. As you can see they aren't perfect, I think they were still a bit too moist and tended to stick to the plastic. Still came out yummy tho.

This is the first time I didn't eat them right away. I let them cool and stashed them in a ziplock. Pulled out what I needed for lunch today and then steamed them in the microwave for a couple of minute in a damp paper towel. Came out pretty good.

Can't wait to give them a try as fried . It was how my dad used to make tacos (soft fry in oil, fill with meat and fry crisp). Hoping these will work just as well. I hope they hold up okay.

The nice thing about having the press is I can now make rice wonton wrappers and such emoticon :smile:

Image Credit » Jean Crawford Evans 2016

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DWDavisRSL wrote on January 5, 2016, 8:47 PM

We've not tried hand making tortillas from scratch. That sounds like a neat thing to do. K does fry store bought raw tortillas when she makes Mexi=Feast for our oldest son when he visits.

lexiconlover wrote on January 5, 2016, 8:53 PM

They look pretty good.

lookatdesktop wrote on January 5, 2016, 9:55 PM

I have seen them fold 'em up and crisp them in hot oil for tacos. Pretty good thing to know.

JeanC wrote on January 6, 2016, 1:07 PM

They are pretty good. Just need to get used to the texture.

JeanC wrote on January 6, 2016, 1:09 PM

I hope to give frying them a try this weekend. Today will be steaming and stuffing them with meat and cheese for lunch.

JeanC wrote on January 6, 2016, 1:09 PM

There is something nice about making them from scratch, very satisfying.

cmoneyspinner wrote on January 7, 2016, 11:09 AM

Martin Yan, famous TV chef known for his Asian cuisine says that a tortilla press is one of his favorite kitchen aids. :)

JeanC wrote on January 7, 2016, 12:29 PM

LOL! I love Martin Yan, been a long time since I've seen him tho, have to see if I can find some of his shows I haven't seen yet.