Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas

homemade corn tortillas recipe

If you’re craving authentic Mexican flavors or looking to elevate your taco night, homemade corn tortillas are a game-changer. They’re surprisingly easy to make and require only a few basic ingredients. Let’s dive into how you can create these fresh, flavorful tortillas from scratch!

Ingredients & Substitutions

To make homemade corn tortillas, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Masa Harina: If you can’t find masa harina, you can substitute with corn flour, but the texture may differ slightly.
  • Water: Ensure the water is warm to help with dough consistency.
  • Salt: Adjust according to your taste preference.

Helpful Tools

To simplify the process, consider using these tools:

  • Tortilla Press: This speeds up the tortilla-making process and ensures even thickness.
  • Cast Iron Skillet: Ideal for cooking the tortillas, imparting a delicious charred flavor.

How To Make These Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe

Making the Dough

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In a large mixing bowl, combine masa harina and salt.

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Gradually add warm water and mix with clean hands until a soft dough forms.

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Knead the dough for about 2 minutes until smooth and pliable.

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Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

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Forming into Tortillas

Divide the dough into 20 equal balls.

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Flatten each ball using a tortilla press lined with plastic sheets.

rolling the homemade corn tortillas into balls before the press
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homemade corn tortillas after pressed

Cooking the Tortillas

Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

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Cook each tortilla for about 30 seconds on each side until slightly browned and bubbly.

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mais tortilla recipe on cast iron
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Keep tortillas warm in a tea towel until ready to serve.

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Tips & Tricks For These Homemade Corn Tortillas


Can I use cornmeal instead of masa harina?

Cornmeal is not a direct substitute as it lacks the same texture and flavor.

How do I store homemade corn tortillas?

Store them in airtight containers or ziplock bags in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Why is my dough cracking?

Adjust with a little more water if the dough feels too dry.

Can I use this dough for tostadas?

Yes, allow the cooked tortillas to cool before frying for tostadas.

homemade corn tortillas recipe

Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas

Discover the joy of making homemade corn tortillas with just masa harina, warm water, and salt. Perfect for taco nights and authentic Mexican dishes!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest Time: 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Vegan Basics
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 20 tortillas


  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • ½ tsp salt


Making the Dough

  • In a large mixing bowl add masa harina and salt and mix together. Now add the warm water and use your clean hands to combine all the ingredients.
  • Knead the dough with your hands for about 2 minutes or until you have formed a soft dough. If the mixture feels very dry, add water 1 tsp at a time. Careful not to overdo it.
  • Form the dough into a ball. The dough should have almost a playdough like consistency which you can check by pressing your thumb or finger into the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel and allow the dough to rest for 10 mins.

Forming into Tortillas

  • Divide the dough into 20 equal balls. Roll them in your hands to form a ball shape.
  • Line a tortilla press with two thick sheets of plastic. A cut up ziplock bag works perfectly for this. If not, use parchment with a little oil.
  • Place the ball between the plastic sheets and press until it's about 4-5 inches in diameter.

Cooking the Tortillas

  • Pre-heat a cast iron skillet on medium high heat.
  • Place each tortilla on the hot pan and allow to cook for 30 seconds each side, turning 3 times. Make sure you are seeing some browning on the edges and a few brown spots in the middle of the tortillas as well.
  • The tortilla should bubble up or puff up while you are cooking them which is a good sign. Gently press down on the tortilla with your spatula to promote this effect.
  • Wrap your tortillas up in a clean tea towel to keep them from drying out while repeating the process with the rest of the dough. Enjoy your homemade corn tortillas!


If making tostadas, allow the dough to cool before cooking in oil.
If you do not have a tortilla press:
Place the dough between the two plastic sheets and use a pie dish to flatten the dough. Hold onto the sides of the pie dish and push down in a circular motion. This is quite a workout, but it can be done! After doing it once I ordered a tortilla press lol!
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Conclusion: Homemade Corn Tortillas

Making homemade corn tortillas is a rewarding culinary adventure. With a few simple ingredients and tools, you can enjoy fresh, flavorful tortillas that elevate any meal. Experiment with different fillings and salsas to create unforgettable tacos and dishes!

6 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Corn Tortillas

  1. Jain says:

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe so quick and easy! What do you recommend for a tortilla press?

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Hi Jain, thanks so much I’m so happy you loved it! I got a cast iron tortilla press off amazon which works great!

  2. Katie says:

    5 stars
    Yay corn tortillas!! My friend is gluten free so this recipe was absolutely perfect 👍

  3. Andreas says:

    5 stars
    These were amazing so much better fresh

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Right?! homemade tortillas make all the difference! I’m so happy you loved the recipe 🙂

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