Unlocking authenticity: crafting genuine Mexican corn Tortillas

Unlocking authenticity: crafting genuine Mexican corn Tortillas

There's something truly magical about the simplicity of Mexican cuisine. Its vibrant flavours, rich history and the use of staple ingredients like corn, beans, and chillie peppers create a culinary tapestry that's both comforting and exciting.

At the heart of many Mexican dishes lies the humble corn tortilla, a versatile staple that serves as the foundation for tacos, enchiladas and more.

In this guide, we'll delve into the art of crafting authentic Mexican corn tortillas, allowing you to bring the flavours of Mexico straight to your kitchen.



Understanding the Ingredients

To embark on this culinary journey, you'll need just a few simple ingredients:

  1. Masa Harina: This special corn flour is made from dried corn kernels that have been cooked in limewater, then ground into a fine flour. It's the key ingredient for making authentic corn tortillas, providing the distinct flavour and texture that sets them apart.

  2. Water: Use warm water to mix with the masa harina. The temperature is crucial, as it helps the masa hydrate properly and develop the right consistency.

  3. Salt (optional): A pinch of salt can enhance the flavour of your tortillas, but it's entirely optional based on personal preference.

The Process


  • 2 cups of Masa Harina
  • 2 cups of water
  • pinch of salt


  1. Measure out the masa harina into a mixing bowl. For every 1 cup of masa harina, add about 1 cup of warm water. If desired, add a pinch of salt to the mixture.

  2. Gradually pour the warm water into the masa harina while stirring continuously. Use your hands to knead the dough until it comes together into a smooth, pliable soft ball. The dough should be moist but not sticky. If it feels too dry, add a bit more water, a tablespoon at a time. If it's too wet, sprinkle in a little more masa harina.

  3. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a small ball, roughly the size of golf balls. Cover them with a damp towel to prevent them from drying out as you work.

  4. Preheat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. While it's heating up, place a sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap on a tortilla press. This prevents the dough from sticking to the press.

  5. Take one of the masa balls and place it in the center of the tortilla press. Gently close the press to flatten the dough into a thin round disc, about 3mm thick.

  6. Carefully peel the flattened dough from the parchment paper or plastic wrap and transfer it to the hot skillet or griddle. Cook the tortilla for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side - no oil needed, or until it develops light golden-brown spots and starts to puff up slightly.

  7. Once cooked, transfer the tortilla to a clean kitchen towel and cover it to keep warm while you cook the remaining dough balls.

  8. Serve warm, with a side of rice, beans and meat. These can be eaten at any meal as a substitute to bread.


Enjoying Your Creations

Freshly made corn tortillas are a delight on their own, but they truly shine when used as a vessel for your favourite fillings. Whether you're stuffing them with seasoned meats, grilled vegetables or simply enjoying them with a smear of creamy avocado, these homemade tortillas will elevate any dish to new heights.


In a world filled with pre-packaged convenience foods, there's something deeply satisfying about creating a culinary staple from scratch. By mastering the art of making authentic Mexican corn tortillas, you not only gain a deeper appreciation for the cuisine but also connect with centuries of tradition and culture. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and let the aroma of freshly cooked tortillas transport you to the sun-drenched streets of Mexico!

← Older Post Newer Post →

Leave a comment