I finally did it! I made tortillas from scratch! I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. I eat tacos almost every day at my house. We never tire of them. I’ve always hated buying tortillas, mostly because you never really know if they’re fresh. So, I decided to try to make my own. I bought one these little fellas:
Then I went to the store and bought masa harina. The recipe for tortilla dough is ridiculously simple:
1 1/2 cups masa harina
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons oil (I use olive, but you can use any type of vegetable oil)
1 cup hot water.
Mix the masa and the salt, then add the oil. I mix in the oil with a fork, just to kind of incorporate it with the flour. Then slowly add the hot water while stirring with a wooden spoon. It’ll form a dough ball pretty quickly. Once it forms the ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl, take it out and knead it on a lightly floured surface. It’ll get a bit elastic and smooth. Once it gets to that state you wrap it in plastic and let it sit for half and hour.
Once it sits, divide into two equal pieces, then roll it into a short, fat roll. Cut the roll into three equal pieces, and then roll each piece into a ball.
Get out your cast-iron skillet, and heat that puppy up. Not too hot, though. Put plastic wrap on the tortilla press, place a dough ball on the press (not centered - put it in the center, and then roll it one compete roll towards the hinged side). Fold a piece of plastic wrap over the dough ball, and then press it in the tortilla press. You really do need to use the plastic wrap - it makes it easier to remove it from the press. Fry the flattened round of dough until its slightly browned at the edges, then flip. Set it aside and fry the next one (by the way, you don’t need any oil for this). Once you fry all the tortillas, set aside, and then start your fillings. Once your fillings are cooked, toast the tortillas over an open flame until they’re a bit browned on each side. You’ll never go back to store-bought tortillas.