Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade Corn Tortillas
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After going gluten-free, it didn’t take long to figure out that I didn’t like corn tortillas much. They’re too dry. You can’t roll them up into burritos. The best  you can do is layer them in a casserole. 

I’ve never forked over the cash for pre-packaged gluten-free flour tortillas, so I can’t speak to those, but I can tell you that homemade ones have some serious flaws. I gave up on making those a long time ago.

Fortunately, homemade corn tortillas aren’t difficult to make at all. And when they’re fresh, they roll up just as well as a flour tortilla. And all it takes is two or three ingredients. For me, the little bit of effort is worth the better taste, health (no preservatives), and inexpensiveness of making my own tortillas.

I usually use Benita Corn Masa mix from Aldi because it’s the least expensive that I’ve found. Maseca  is also available at most stores and is very good.

 Being the cheapskate I am, I don’t have a tortilla press. I find that a cutting board works just dandy. 

As you can see, I like to press them between zip-top baggies. If your dough is the correct consistency, the tortillas peel of nicely, and you can use the bags over and over. No wasting wax paper or plastic wrap. 

The next step of course, is frying the tortilla. All that takes is a very hot skillet. 

In no time at all, you have a nice big stack of yummy tortillas! smile My husband tells me that these are very similar to the fresh tortillas he’s had in Mexico.

Corn Tortillas

1 cup Corn Masa
1 cup water (approx.)
pinch of salt (optional)

Mix dough well. Seperate into walnut sized balls and press. Cook in very hot skillet for about a minute on each side until the tortilla is flecked with brown. 

Enjoy!

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Elise New | Sep 24, 2012, 11:04 AM

I don’t. Never even thought about making corn bread with masa. All it is though, is lime treated corn, so you may be able to do a straight swap.

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linda | Sep 24, 2012, 9:03 AM

do you have a rescpe for a corn bread with instant corn mase from Aldie’s

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Rise & Shine Life | Aug 3, 2012, 10:52 AM

Okie dokie, I’m following now! My husband had no trouble switching from flour to corn tortillas, but I haven’t been as much of a fan. They are so dry! I am definitely going to try these over the weekend!

Thank you smile

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Jeanne G. | May 3, 2012, 12:12 PM

The masa mix is already “nixtamalized” - so it is already treated with lime. That’s pretty cool!

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April @ The 21st Century Housewife | May 3, 2012, 9:26 AM

Your homemade corn tortillas sound so much nicer - and tastier - than store bought!

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Shari | May 2, 2012, 12:54 PM

These look really yummy!

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Angie | May 2, 2012, 8:22 AM

I can’t wait to try these!  I’m so excited that they will roll when fresh.  Yours look beautiful!

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Elise New | May 1, 2012, 6:13 PM

Kyria, You’re welcome! Let me know how they turn out.

Judee, I know what you mean! I still haven’t unpacked many of my kitchen gadgets into my tiny kitchen (and don’t plan to!).

Penny, I don’t know where you live of course, but I do know that here, it’s available at Wal-Mart. HTH

Lib, Masa is lime treated corn. I have a recipe for making it yourself somewhere around here, but I haven’t tried it yet. raspberry I’ll have to find that!

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LIB | May 1, 2012, 5:07 PM

Looks so easy!! wonder if you can soak it with lime to remove any phytates and increase mineral absorbtion?
blessings
LIB

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Penniless Parenting | May 1, 2012, 10:21 AM

Uch I’m so jealous. These look good and I don’t know if they sell masa harina where I live… I’d love to try these out!

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Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z | May 1, 2012, 9:33 AM

This look simple to make and delicious. I am gluten free so these are perfect. I don’t invest in a press because I just don’t want to store another gadget. So thanks for the idea of how to do it without one.

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Kyria | Apr 30, 2012, 8:16 PM

Thank you! I will try these very soon. Maybe tomorrow! wink