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A set of tacos on homemade tortillas.

Homemade corn tortillas from scratch

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 40 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Yield: 12 tortillas 1x
  • Category: DIY
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Making your own homemade corn tortillas is both gratifying and makes for an excellent meal. This recipe is simple and really only needs a few ingredients.


  • 1 ½ cups masa Masa Harina
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon shortening or lard
  • 1 cup water
  • Plastic wrap


  1. Add Masa Harina to large stand mixing bowl
  2. Add salt and shortening to bowl
  3. Turn mixer on low. While mixing, slowly pour in water.
  4. Allow to mix for 5 minutes or knead for 10
  5. Form into large, tight ball,
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for one half hour
  7. Measure the weight of entire mass and divide by 12
  8. Separate dough into 12 equally weighted balls. roll in hands until it looks like a nice, even sphere and set all aside
  9. Heat seasoned cast iron to medium high- if using another pan, make sure there is a small amount of oil coating pan or it is nonstick
  10. For each of the 12 balls do the following:
  11. Place ball between two sheets of plastic wrap
  12. Use large can (ie a San Marzano 28 oz) OR other pan (I used my Deep Dish Pizza Pan)to press ball down into something resembling a patty.
  13. Using rolling pin, evenly roll out the patty until it is as thin as you can make it and in a nice circular shape. This is a bit delicate. Use care
  14. Gently pull away from plastic wrap and don't be afraid to ball it up and start over.
  15. Place on cast iron and cook 30 seconds to 1 minutes on each side.
  16. There should be light brown marking spotting on the tortilla and it should not be stiff.
  17. Remove and place into tortilla basket or wrapped in a towel on a plate
  18. While one tortilla is cooking, I start rolling the next.
  19. Gently stack into a large cloth and let cool (or eat)
  20. Use soon, as fresh tortillas will go stale and stiffen faster than store bought ones.

Keywords: DIY Corn Tortillas