Homemade Corn Tortillas


Nothing beats the taste of freshly griddled corn tortillas! They are easy to make, but you do need masa harina, which is available in Latin American markets and large supermarkets. Masa harina is made from corn kernels that are dried, treated with lime and then ground into a fresh dough. The dough is dried and ground into a powder to make masa harina (which means dough flour).

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
16 tortillas


  • 2 cups masa harina

  • 1 ½ cups hot tap water

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Stir masa harina, water and salt together in a medium bowl. Knead the dough in the bowl with your hands for 2 minutes. The dough should feel smooth and easily form a ball in your hand. If the mixture is dry and crumbly, add more water, a tablespoonful at a time. If it is sticky, add a bit more masa harina. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

  2. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces. Keep the dough covered with a kitchen towel while you work. Roll 1 piece in your hands to form a ball. Place the ball between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and flatten with the palm of your hand. Use the palm of your hand or a rolling pin to flatten into a 5-inch disc. Alternatively, use a tortilla press to flatten the dough.

  3. Heat a small cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tortilla and cook until the edges start to curl and the bottom is browned in spots, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn over and cook until the underside is browned in spots, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium if the tortilla starts to burn. Shape and cook the remaining dough in the same manner. While a tortilla cooks, you can shape the next one. Stack the cooked tortillas and keep them wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to keep warm.



To make ahead: Refrigerate any leftover tortillas in an airtight container or sealable bag for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

110 Calories
1g Fat
24g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 110
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Vitamin A 4IU 0%
Folate 48mcg 12%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Calcium 59mg 5%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 31mg 7%
Potassium 100mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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