Corn tortillas

    20 min

    Mexican food is more popular than ever, but most people in Europe are still buying packaged (chemically-preserved) tortillas. Corn tortillas are ridiculously easy to make--and SO much tastier than industrially produced ones! The only catch is you need pre-cooked corn flour, masa harina. I am not sure about elsewhere, but here in Norway almost every Asian (=exotic imported) food store carries a Venezuelan version, " P.A.N. harina de maiz".

    Hordaland, Norway
    32 people made this

    Makes: 8 or more tortillas (depending on size)

    • 168g masa harina (pre-cooked corn flour)
    • 250ml lukewarm water
    • 1 pinch salt

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Add flour slowly to the salted water, blend together thoroughly.
    2. Roll a small amount between your hands to make a small ball. Press the ball flat between two sheets of baking paper or similar (you can use the bottom of a kettle or pot, to press).
    3. Fry for a few minutes on each side in a hot skillet. I use teflon-coated or cast iron. Can use a LITTLE oil if desired, adds a nutty flavor, bot with a good non-stick surface oil is not actually necessary.
    4. Remove from heat, keep warm in a folded dish-towel on a warmed plate.


    The amounts given above are for two people; for three or four try 540ml water, 224g flour). The important thing is to keep a 5:4 volume ratio of water to masa harina.

    Use for leftovers

    Leftover corn tortillas can be cut into triangles and fried in hot oil to make fresh tortilla chips--MUCH better than commercial ones! Use paper towels to absorb oil from the chips; sprinkle with salt. Tortillas can also be eaten the next day, dampened and reheated.


    Tortillas don't need to be as big as the commercial ones--mine are little bigger than the palm of my hand.


    Try different thicknesses: I like mine small and fairly thick, 3-4 mm (ca 1/8 inch).


    Refrigerate your masa harina.

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    I got my Masa Harina from  -  16 Jun 2011


    Quantity of Masa Harina is 200grams not 200mls.  -  20 Jun 2011


    Great recipe.. Delicious with some chicken & chilli sauce!  -  02 Jan 2015