On a whim I picked up some Masa Harina. It was cheap. I thought it might be fun to learn to make my own tortillas. I can't eat wheat, so why not.
The why is simple - because once I started I can't stop.
Homemade corn tortillas are AMAZING. I think my stomach would stage a revolution if I tried to put store bought ones in there ever again!
So easy to make too. Takes no time to whip some up for a meal.
1 cup masa harina
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 of ancho pepper powder - I love that stuff I know it's not in most tortilla recipes, but I like the flavor it gives.
2/3 cup hot water
Start with your skillet. Heat a cast iron or non stick skillet up to medium/high while you prepare the dough
mix until it's the consistency of a fresh can of play doh. add a little more masa or a little more water if you need. Humidity in your home can make a huge difference to each batch of dough You want it to be smooth, soft and silky, but not sticky.
cover is a slightly damp cloth as you press or roll out the individual tortillas.
This batch is for 8, so divide the dough into 8 balls and press out one ball at a time into the thickness you prefer. I go for somewhere around 1/8" of an inch thick but that may be because that's what my press decided for me. Use heavy plastic or wax paper when you press.
I have a tortilla press, but the first batches I did were with a rolling pin. Tried the plate method but it didn't work for me and I didn't care if they were round. Tortilla press makes it easy though and they are cheap. Get a metal one, it will do a better job
Cook your tortillas
I cook one side for 25-30 seconds and then the other for 45-60 seconds and then flip it back and cook the first one again for 20-30 or until it puffs up. I love to see it puff up. The ones at the store are flat, I thought they were supposed to be that way.
Supposedly you can store them in the fridge, but I make small batches and people have scarfed them up before they even cool so I don't have any experience with storing them.
Who needs bread. I have tortillas!
The nutrition is based on 1 tortilla, though I never eat just one as a serving