Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas

These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry. This recipe shows you step-by-step instructions of how to make corn tortillas.

These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

As you know, I very rarely post step-by-step pictures in my posts because I find it really difficult to cook while taking pictures and I hate to get food all over my camera.

However, whenever I mention making homemade tortillas people look at me like it is the most impressive thing they have ever heard,  and then tell me that they’d never have the time to do that and don’t know how to do that. Granted, I don’t have any kids so my idea of quick and easy may be a little distorted, but I feel like I just need to get the word out there that tortillas are nothing to fear!

So, here are step-by-step instructions for how to make corn tortillas so you too can enjoy my homemade corn tortilla recipe.

How many times have you found yourself loitering in the kitchen with the fridge door hanging open, thinking that you have everything you need to make tacos or enchiladas if only you had some tortillas? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like this happens all the time!

Making corn tortillas are so, so, so easy. You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Now, I don’t think I could really say that these tortillas are made from “scratch,” as they are made from instant corn masa flour.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

To make these from scratch I imagine you’d have to do something with corn and a big grinder or something which is just way outside the realm of anything I want to be doing with my Saturday.

Make sure you’r buying the right stuff – it needs to be INSTANT corn masa flour… not corn meal or any other crazy stuff.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

I’m going to be using my trusty tortilla press (if you need one, you can snag one from Amazon here), but it is absolutely not a requirement to make these things.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

So, let’s get with it and learn how to make homemade corn tortillas!

Get out a big bowl, a tortilla press or pie plate, dry measuring cups, a liquid measuring cup, your instant masa, and a wooden spoon. Oh, and grab some salt! Forgot about it when I took this picture.

Corn tortilla ingredients for this Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Measure 1 1/8 c. water in your liquid measuring cup and set aside.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Measure 1 3/4 c. masa …

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.And add it to the large bowl…

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Add in about a teaspoon of salt, and then slowly drizzle in the measured water while stirring with the wooden spoon.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

The mixture may look a little crumbly…

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.…but once you mix it together with your hands it will stick together nicely. Form it in a ball…

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.Then cover it with plastic wrap and let it relax for 30 minutes to activate the instant masa.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

After 30 minutes, take off the plastic wrap and find yourself a large cutting board or other surface to work on. Divide the dough in half, then divide those halves in half, then divide those halves in half, and, finally, divide all of THOSE halves in half. You should have 16 portions… if my math is right. Fractions were really never my thing.  These are for 6 inch tortillas, so make them a little bigger if you want 8 inch tortillas.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.Form them into pretty little balls, then preheat a skillet or large frying pan to medium-high heat.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

My kitchen is perpetually messy. Just ignore it…. I always do!

{Okay, so if you’re using a pie plate, you’re going to have to get your imagination cap because I don’t have pictures for how you’re going to press those balls into tortillas. Ready? Okay, get out a pie plate and a large plastic zipper-style baggie. Cut the baggie along the seam so you have two large sheets of plastic. Place a piece of plastic on your work surface, then plop down one of your balls of dough right in the center of it. Place the second piece of plastic on top of it, then use the pie plate to press down the plastic and dough. Go ahead and press all the way down until it hits the work surface. Remove the pie plate and pull off the first piece of plastic. Pick up the second piece of plastic while the tortilla is still attached to it, then slowly bend it away from the tortilla so it begins to peel off. Immediately toss the tortilla onto the pre-heated skillet. Resume following the regular instructions for cooking the tortillas below.}

Grab out your tortilla press and a roll of parchment paper. If you don’t have a tortilla press, you can get this 8″ tortilla press from Amazon.

If you don’t have parchment paper, you can cut a plastic zipper baggie along the seam to make two sheets of plastic and use those.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Cut the parchment paper or plastic into circles or squares that are just slightly larger than your tortilla press. To make it even easier, grab some of these pre-cut 8 inch parchment circles from Amazon.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Place a ball of tortilla dough on the press, just slightly left of center.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.Set the second piece of parchment paper on top of the dough…

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

…then set the round metal top down on top of the parchment.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

You don’t need to press it down hard, just let it rest on top of the dough.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Now press down the round top of the press a few inches and press the handle down towards the middle of the press.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Press it all the way down to flatten the tortilla, then release the handle and open the press by lifting the top metal plate.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Take off the top piece of parchment or plastic, then pick up the bottom piece of parchment while still stuck to the tortilla.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Next, you will learn how to cook corn tortillas. Slowly peel the paper or plastic away from the tortilla, then hold it over the preheated griddle so the tortilla falls onto it as you peel away all of the paper.

Learn how to fry corn tortillas with this Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe.

Let it cook for about 30-45 seconds or until the bottom has brown spots and the edges are curving away from the griddle.

Frying corn tortillas in this Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Turn it over and let it cook for another 30-45 seconds, then use a pancake turner or large spatula to transfer it to a plate.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Place the plate on a kitchen towel, then fold up the edges of the towel on top of the plate to cover it and keep it warm.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.Keep repeating the process of pressing out the tortillas, frying them, and transferring them to a plate until all 16 tortillas are finished. I find it easier to work in batches of about 4 at a time so I can keep a close eye on them.

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

They will be soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor.

Looking for corn tortilla recipes? Here is a great one! Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

I have been asked, Can you freeze tortillas? Of course you can, provided you do it the right way. Freezing corn tortillas works really well if you let them cool, wrap them in saran wrap, and place them inside of a freezer zipper baggie.

Easy Homemade Tortillas Corn Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

Okay, you officially have NO excuses not to give this corn tortillas recipe a shot. Maybe not on a busy Tuesday night, but a lazy Sunday afternoon would be the perfect time to whip these up. Your loved ones will be so impressed!

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe. These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry.

So, after making these beauties, you are going to need some recipes with corn tortillas. Well, we have you covered.  Use your homemade corn tortillas in Mexican Chilaquiles Rojos, Roasted Plantain and Sweet Potato Tostadas, Skinny Baja Fish Tacos, Poblano Chicken Tacos with Pipicha, and Bulgur, Black Bean, and Mushroom Enchilada Casserole or use them to dip in a Latin Stew.

Here’s the Recipe!

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas

These homemade corn tortillas are so, so, so easy to make and the result is soft, warm, and full of incredible flavor! You just measure, stir, form a ball, cover it, let it rest for 30 minutes, press into tortillas, and fry. This recipe shows you step-by-step instructions of how to make corn tortillas.

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 c. masa harina
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/8 c. water

Instructions

  1. Measure 1 3/4 c. masa and add it to a large bowl. Stir in a teaspoon of salt, and then slowly drizzle in the measured water while stirring with the wooden spoon. Form it in a ball with your hands, then cover it with plastic wrap and let it relax for 30 minutes to activate the instant masa.
  2. After 30 minutes, divide the dough into 16 portions and form them into balls. Preheat a skillet or large frying pan to medium-high heat. Press a ball of dough into a tortilla, then turn the tortilla out onto the preheated griddle. Let it cook for about 30-45 seconds or until the bottom has brown spots and the edges are curving away from the griddle. Turn it over and let it cook for another 30-45 seconds, then use a pancake turner or large spatula to transfer it to a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm.
  3. Keep repeating the process of pressing out the tortillas, frying them, and transferring them to a plate until all 16 tortillas are finished. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45|Total Fat: 0g|Saturated Fat: 0g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 0g|Cholesterol: 0mg|Sodium: 147mg|Carbohydrates: 10g|Fiber: 1g|Sugar: 0g|Protein: 1g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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September 23, 2013 | Last Updated on May 29, 2021 by Linda

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  5. I took your advice and ignored the mess in my kitchen … but it didn’t go away 🙁
    Just kidding
    Your tortillas look great( not kidding)! Thanks for the step by step instructions!

    Reply
  6. Your homemade tortillas look amazing. I am sure they are so much better than the ones that you buy at the store.

    Reply

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