Made with yellow cornmeal or maize meal, these Homemade Corn Tortillas are perfect for burritos, enchiladas, or any filling or topping of your choice. Really easy to make and so much better homemade.
Authentic corn tortillas are made with masa harina, a ground corn flour made from corn that's dried, and cooked in water with lime from which it gets this distinct flavour. It is then ground and dried again.
Since masa harina is not readily available in many countries, a great substitute like cornmeal/maize meal works its magic just as well in these Homemade Corn Tortillas
Making the Homemade Corn Tortillas
In this recipe, I use a combination of yellow cornmeal (polenta) / maize meal and cake or all-purpose flour. The cornmeal gives the tortillas a sweet toasty flavour and the flour makes it softer and easier to handle and holds the fine corn together.
If you do not or cannot get yellow cornmeal, then go ahead and use the white cornmeal/maize meal. This works just as good and has the same great texture and flavour.
The cornmeal and flour are mixed with the oil. Water and salt are then added and combined to form a soft dough. Avoid over kneading, just gather the ingredients together to form a soft dough.
Cover with a towel to prevent the dough from drying out. Leave to rest for about 20 minutes. Resting the dough helps the flour to absorb the water making it easier to roll out.
The dough is then divided into 10 pieces, rolled out and cook for 20 to 30 seconds on each side.
The tortillas may feel stiff as you cook it, but they will soften as you cook and stack with the rest of the tortillas. It is important to cover the cooked tortillas so that they remain soft and pliable. Fill or top with your favourite ingredients and serve.
These Tortillas are easy to reheat and soften
Assuming that you do have leftovers, they are easy to warm and soften. To reheat and soften leftover tortillas, just place in a microwave-safe bag or cover with a clean damp kitchen towel and warm for about 15 seconds.
You could also heat it on the stove on a pan for 30 seconds on each side and place into a sealed container. The heat and steam will help soften the tortillas.
Another great idea, if you have a few leftovers tortillas, is to cut them into wedges and place in the oven set at 180°C/350°F and bake for 7 to 10 minutes until crisp. This can be served with your favourite dip or sauce.
So now you can skip the store-bought corn tortillas and give these a try. Using a few simple and basic ingredients, you can have a delicious stack of homemade corn tortillas in under an hour.
Want a delicious recipe to use with your homemade corn tortillas? Then give these Vegetarian Enchiladas a try. It makes a great weekday dinner idea.