Tortillas de Masa Harina (Tortillas Made from Store-Bought Corn Masa Flour)

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Side Dishes

Courtesy of Iliana de la Vega.

Makes 30 tortillas. 

Super easy

Tortillas de Masa Harina (Tortillas Made from Store-Bought Corn Masa Flour)

Ingredients

For 1 Batch(es)

Recipe

  • 4 cups masa harina flour
  • 3 cups warm water

Tortillas de Masa Harina (Tortillas Made from Store-Bought Corn Masa Flour) Directions

  1. Place the corn masa flour in a large bowl and slowly add the warm water.
  2. Hand-knead the masa for about 5 to 8 minutes. The masa should feel like soft play dough and should be slightly warmer than your body.
  3. Let the masa rest, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Form the masa into 30 equal-size balls.
  5. Press each ball in a tortilla press.
  6. Preheat a comal or other flat griddle to medium-high heat.
  7. Carefully slide the pressed tortilla over the heated comal and cook for at least 30 to 40 seconds.
  8. Flip with a thin spatula, cook another 30 to 40 seconds, then flip again and cook for an additional 20 or so seconds.
  9. The top layer of the tortilla should start separating from the bottom layer, making a large bubble in the middle of the tortilla—this is a good sign! (A good tortilla should puff on the top side, and if it’s being used for a taco, the fillings should be placed on the side that puffs to prevent the taco from falling apart).
  10. Do not overcook the tortillas or they will be dry and hard. It is always better to enjoy a freshly cooked tortilla straight off the comal, but you can also keep your tortillas warm by wrapping them in a damp cloth and then aluminum foil, and placing them in an oven set to a very low temperature of 170 degrees. 

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