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How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe

This corn tortillas recipe is so easy to make, it is gluten-free and vegan. It only requires 3 ingredients.

So it is super easy to make. Want to learn how to make this Mexican tortilla recipe? Let’s get started!

How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe

The corn tortilla is the base of the Mexican kitchen and is used in a multitude of recipes. They are less pliable than flour tortillas but have much more flavor due to the masa harina flour.

I always used store bought tortillas thinking it would be either to difficult or take to much time to make them from scratch.

However, that is not the case it is so easy to make Mexican tortillas. They may not look the same as store bought tortillas or taste the same (homemade corn tortillas taste much better in my opinion).

The best part is you can use them as a base for other recipes like:

If you are wondering are corn tortillas gluten free? The answer is yes. Masa harina is made from corn that does not have any gluten. So if you are gluten intolerant you can eat these Mexican tortillas.

Want to learn more about how to make different types of tortillas take a look at my ultimate how to make tortilla guide.

How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe

Corn Tortillas ingredients

So what do you need to make this recipe? The ingredient list for this homemade corn tortilla’s recipe is very short:

  • Masa Harina
  • Salt
  • Warm water

For corn tortilla’s you have to use a special corn flour which is called masa harina. You should not confuse it with polenta flour, corn flour, maize flour or cornstarch.

Masa harina can be white or yellow. I bought the white variety but the yellow flour is even nicer with this happy yellow color.

As soon as you open the package it smells like hard shell tacos, which makes preparing tortilla’s even more fun. I buy my masa harina flour online. 

It is also available in several varieties at Amazon.com. Want to give your tortillas a different taste Lacey from A Sweet Pea Chef uses lime juice in her recipe.

corn tortilla ingredients masa harina, water, salt

How to make corn tortillas

Start with the masa harina and put in a mixing bowl, add the salt and stir. Then add warm water to activate the corn flour.

Combine with a wooden spoon first and then knead into a consistent dough by hand. Shape into a big ball and cover with a towel.

Let the dough rest for 1 hour. You can leave it outside of the fridge while it rests.

This recipe yields about 10 Mexican tortillas so cut the ball of dough in 10 equal pieces the size of a golf ball. Knead the dough balls thoroughly.

To make life easier you can use a tortilla press to shape equal sized tortillas. Take a dough ball and put in the plastic freezer bag.

How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe

Now put it between the tortilla press and press. Then remove the corn tortilla from the plastic bag as soon as you have pressed it else it can be more difficult to get it from the plastic.

Either lay the corn tortillas apart (cover them to prevent them from going dry) or press a tortilla just before you put them in a hot pan.

Heat a skillet to high and bake the tortilla. You do not need any baking product. Just heat a pan to high heat and put it in the pan.

Bake for about 1 minute and turn to bake the other side for a minute as well. Store in a clean kitchen towel or tortilla warmer to keep warm.

How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe

Make a tortilla with a tortilla press

If you have a tortilla press or made a tortilla press yourself here is how you use it to make tortillas.

  • Take a piece of baking paper or cut a freezer bag open and place on one side of the tortilla press
  • Place a dough ball in the center of the tortilla press on the baking paper
  • Close the tortilla press to flatten the dough
  • Open the tortilla press. Place your hand on the tortilla and turn it upside down so you can peel the plastic or baking paper away
  • Make certain you have a skillet or griddle on high heat so you can cook the tortilla straight away

Make a tortilla by hand with a rolling pin

If you do not own a tortilla press you can use a rolling pin as well.

  • Put a dough ball on a piece of baking paper
  • Fold the baking paper but make sure you have enough space around the dough ball
  • With a rolling pin roll the dough ball into a tortilla. The tortilla may not all have the same shape but this is just fine
  • Open the top of the baking paper. Put your hand on the tortilla and turn it upside down so you can remove the baking paper
  • Heat your skillet or griddle on high and cook the tortilla

Other corn tortilla recipes

There are a lot of recipes which include corn tortillas. Want to know what you can make with corn tortillas? Then take a look at these recipes:

Store

Tortilla’s taste best when you serve them immediately. You can store them in a couple of ways:

  • Let them cool and store in the fridge for up to one week. When storing in the refrigerator put the corn tortilla’s in an airtight container
  • You can store your tortilla’s in the freezer in a freezer bag or plastic container
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachannel.com for the full instruction plus video.
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe

See how to make corn tortillas

Want to see know how to make corn tortillas? Watch the instruction video so you can follow along. This is really one of the easiest Mexican tortilla recipes you will find.

 

Have fun with this how to make corn tortillas recipe!

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Corn tortillas - 3 ingredients

Serves: 10 tortillas Prep Time: 60 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes
How to make easy corn tortilla recipe with only 3 ingredients masa harina, salt and water. This homemade corn tortillas recipe is gluten free and vegan. Visit thetortillachanne.com for the full instruction plus video. #corntortillas #homemadetortilla #glutenfreetortilla #easycorntortilla #tortillarecipe

How to make this corn tortillas recipe with 3 ingredients and gluten free. You can find it in this recipe here. These are easy to make and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of Masa Harina
  • 1Β½ cups of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Instructions

  1. Put the 2 cups of Masa Harina in a bowl
  2. Add the salt to the bowl and stir thoroughly
  3. Add 1 cup of hot water and stir again with a wooden spoon before adding the additional Β½ cup of hot water
  4. Knead the dough into a consistent ball
  5. Cover with a clean kitchen towel
  6. Rest the dough for 1 hour
  7. Create balls the size of a golf bal
  8. Heat a large skillet pan
  9. Cover the tortilla press with plastic and press the tortilla
  10. Cook the tortilla on medium to high heat for about 1 minute until the tortillas get some color (no baking product required). Turn and bake the other side of the tortilla for also 1 minute
  11. Store in a tortilla warmer or keep in a clean kitchen cloth

Notes

Make sure the water is hot to properly activate the Masa Harina. I use a non stick pan to cook the tortillas without any oil or butter. You can store the tortillas in a ziplock plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or longer in the freezer. You can heat them in a pan. Also in the microwave using a ziplock bag or cloth to cover them.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 50; Fat: 1g; Carbs: 11g; Sugar: 0g; Sodium: 38mg; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 1g;

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2 Comments

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    marilyn @family food around the clock
    December 16, 2018 at 2:04 am

    We enjoy making everything from scratch, we loved making these tortillas. simple and easy to make!

    • Reply
      Mireille
      December 23, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      Marilyn,

      Thank you so much for your comment. So good to hear you love these tortillas just as much as I do. They are indeed simple and easy to make.

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