Making supple homemade tortillas is easy. Here’s how it’s done.

Place 1 cup masa harina in a bowl and make a well in center. Add ⅔ cup plus 1 tbsp. water to well, and stir with your fingers to form a dough. Knead the dough until soft like Play-Doh. Illustration: Brenda Weaver
Cut two 7″ circles out of a clean shopping bag. Put 1 circle on the bottom plate of a tortilla press. Pinch off a golf ball-size piece of dough, roll it into a ball, and place it in the center; top with second circle. Illustration: Brenda Weaver
Cover with top plate of tortilla press (available at, and press handle down to flatten dough. Open press; peel away plastic from tortilla. Immediately, place tortilla in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Illustration: Brenda Weaver
Cook until it begins to brown and blister on bottom. Flip tortilla; cook until lightly toasted on other side. Transfer to a towel-lined bowl; cover to keep warm. Repeat to make more tortillas. Illustration: Brenda Weaver