Corn Tortillas

  • Serves

    makes 10 5 1/2" TORTILLAS

You may cook these tortillas (then turn them into crispy taco shells or tortilla chips) or fry them as puffy taco shells. See our guide to using homemade tortillas »


  • 2 cups masa harina


Step 1

Put masa harina into a medium bowl. Add 1 1⁄4 cups warm water and stir until a dough forms. Turn out onto a work surface and knead until smooth.

Step 2

Divide dough into 10 balls. Drape plastic wrap over base of a tortilla press. Put 1 dough ball at a time in center of press, cover with plastic wrap, and close press to flatten into a 5 1⁄2" disk. (Alternatively, put dough between 2 pieces of plastic and roll out with a rolling pin.) Set plastic-covered tortillas aside as made. Or, for puffy taco shells, divide dough into 8 balls and press out as above into 4 1⁄2" disks. To cook tortillas, see techniques in All About Tortillas.

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