Homemade Tortillas for Taco Tuesday!

This is my second time making Homemade Tortillas. A few weeks ago, I bought a tortilla press and absolutely love it. Originally, I got it to make flour tortillas, but we have fallen in love with homemade corn tortillas and do not know if we will go back. They are so tasty, fluffy, gluten free and fat free! Honestly, they are perfection. It took a few tries to make them, to find the right size and amount, the right flour, and the perfect heat. However, once the trial was over, we were hooked on Homemade Tortillas.

tacos with homemade corn tortillas

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Published May 18, 2021
Updated March 9, 2022
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What will you need for Homemade Tortillas?

I make a double batch of Homemade Corn Tortillas, mostly because we have 6 people, and it seems like we never have enough. This recipe is quick to make and took only twenty-five minutes start to finish. Maseca is the recommended corn flour to make corn tortillas.

Corn tortillas, made from scratch, only need two ingredients: Maseca and water. You will also need a way to mix your ingredients and a tortilla press. In the past, I have used a rolling pin, but this literally takes an hour to make twenty tortillas while being really hard on your wrists. Having tendinitis in my wrists from a skiing accident, using a rolling pin can leave me in pain for days.

MASECA used for homemade corn tortillas

Cost for Homemade Tortillas

I found a 4.4-pound bag of Maseca at a local grocery store, Woodman’s, that sells a wide range of natural, organic, gluten free, and Hispanic foods. The cost for this bag was $3.09. This bag of Maseca is thirteen cups, with two cups making nineteen tortillas. Out of this bag you can get a grand total of 123 Homemade Corn Tortillas, making each tortilla $0.02.

The cost to buy a bag of corn tortillas is $1.65 at ALDI and $2.29 and Meijer for thirty tortillas. This costs $0.07 for each tortilla making Homemade Corn Tortillas 3.5% cheaper than buying from the store.

For example, if I were to buy the amount of tortillas that can be made with one bag of Maseca, it would cost $11.45 buying five bags of a thirty-count tortilla. This may not seem like a lot of money, saving $8.36, but for our family, we eat tacos weekly.

Weekly buying 1-pack of thirty tortillas for a year $119.08
Weekly making thirty-eight tortillas for a year $39.52
Saving our family $79.56 a year! And that was just for making Homemade Corn Tortillas! Making one small change not only saves our family so much money, but additionally pays for the tortilla press we bought to make our own tortillas. Small changes pay!

Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups Maseca
1 1/2 cups water

That’s it, only two ingredients! When looking into how to make tortillas, there are SO many recipes. I have tried making flour tortillas, and as delicious as they are, the recipes do not turn out as well as a store-bought brand. When I found Maseca, I was super impressed.

MASECA and water with KitchenAid mixer

Corn Tortilla Directions

1. Measure 2 cups Maseca and then pour into mixing bowl. Maseca can be mixed with a fork or a large spoon, but I chose to use my KitchenAid mixer. Just make sure whichever way you choose that the bowl is large enough to not splash corn flour everywhere.

MASECA in KitchenAid mixer bowl for homemade corn tortillas

2. Measure 1 1/2 cups water and then pour into mixing bowl with the Maseca corn flour.

1 1/2 cups water for homemade tortillas

3. Lock mixer and then turn on low, mixing for 2 minutes.

mix two ingredients in mixer bowl for homemade tortillas

4. When mixed, measure 1.5 ounces of corn mix and roll into a ball about the size of a golf ball if you do not have a kitchen scale.
1.5 was the amount that I found that was a great size for our family. The recommended 1 ounce was too small! The next time we made corn tortillas, they were closer to 2oz.

use scale to measure weight of each tortilla

5. When all of the mixture is measured and rolled cover them with a damp towel, so they do not dry out .
Do not skip this step as no one wants a dry and crumbly tortilla. You can either roll them ahead of time and cover with a towel OR scoop out your desired amount and roll and press as you go.

wet cloth over tortilla balls until pressed

6. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the bottom of a tortilla press. Place a ball on and cover with a second piece of plastic wrap to help keep the tortilla off the press. This also helps with cleanup and the press not being so messy.

tortilla press with plastic wrap for easy removal of tortilla
Use plastic wrap on the bottom and top of tortilla ball so it is easily removed.

7. Gently place tortilla press cover down and use handle and press. Recently we bought this tortilla press on Amazon because I love having fast delivery and a great price. Check the prices as they often change.

use tortilla press to make homemade corn tortillas

8. Open tortilla press and remove plastic wrap top and then carefully remove corn tortilla from second plastic wrap, do this carefully to not break the tortilla. Keeping the rest of the balls covered in a damp towel will help the tortillas from cracking.

thumbs up for a good tortilla
Perfect!

9. On a griddle warmed to 350 degrees, place a tortilla carefully on the surface and cook for 30 seconds on each side, then flipping 3 times for each tortilla.

cook homemade tortillas on hot skillet
Perfect for three tortillas at once.

10. When done, place cooked tortilla on a plate in between a towel to stay warm.
Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

taco made with homemade corn tortilla
Delicious tacos!!!!!!

Homemade Corn Tortilla Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups Maseca
1 1/2 cup water

Directions

1. Measure 2 cups Maseca and then pour into mixing bowl.
2. Measure 1 1/2 cups water and then pour it into mixing bowl with the Maseca corn flour.
3. Lock mixer and turn on low, then mix for 2 minutes.
4. When mixed, measure 1.5 ounces of corn mix and roll into a ball, or about the size of a golf ball if you do not have a kitchen scale. 1.5 ounces was the amount that I found that was a great size for our family and the recommended 1-ounce was too small, however if you want a smaller tortilla, 1-ounce is perfect.
5. When all of the mixture is measured and rolled cover them with a damp towel, so they do not dry out.
Do not skip this step as no one wants a dry and crumbly tortilla.
6. Place a piece of plastic wrap on the bottom of a tortilla press, then place a ball on and cover with a second piece of plastic wrap to help keep the tortilla off the press. This also helps with cleanup and the press not being so messy.
7. Gently place tortilla press cover down and use handle and then press down firmly holding while the tortilla flattens.
8. Open the tortilla press and then remove plastic wrap top and carefully remove corn tortilla from second plastic wrap.
9. On a griddle warmed to 350 degrees, place a tortilla carefully on the surface and then cook for 30 seconds on each side, making sure to flip each tortilla 3 times.
10. When done, place cooked tortilla on a plate in between a towel to stay warm.
Serve and enjoy!
~Monica

A few of my favorite things

This Tortilla press is the best for the size and cost. The tortillas come out thin and not too thick while still being strong and fluffy. Make sure to click the link below to learn more about this tortilla press from Victoria.

A basic kitchen food scale can help in a variety of needs. Not only in the kitchen, but it also doubles as a scale when I ship packages and need to know the ounce-weight.

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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