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Old 07-14-2006, 06:31 AM   #1
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Making a good corn tortilla?

Is it possible to make a good corn tortilla without a tortilla press? Mine are always too stiff or crumbly. What's the secret?

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Old 07-14-2006, 07:21 AM   #2
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Too stiff may be a lack of liquid. Add more water, teaspoon at a time, until you find something a little more pliable. What kind of masa are you using and what do the package directions say?

As for not using a press, roll the dough out between two sheets of wax paper.

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Old 07-14-2006, 07:48 AM   #3
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I am using quaker brand masa harina and when I use what the directions say they are crumbly so I added a bit more water but then they stuck to the wax paper. I ended up rolling between sheets of plastic wrap and they came out ok but I had to be very careful when peeling them off to cook because they liked to fall apart.
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Old 07-14-2006, 07:51 AM   #4
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Does it call for lard? We went to a tacqueria in San Antonio one time and I realized I had never even had a corn tortilla prior to that. It was all but transparent and the most delicious thing I had ever eaten!!
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oooh no way. I am on a diet and on the fence for going vegan so lard would never work for me. Maybe I'll add a little olive oil next time though or canola oil and see if they come out better.
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Don't worry Erin, the authentic corn tortillas don't involve any lard or added fat/grease. We haven't tried making them yet (but toying with the idea for a while), but when we make the flour tortilla, we just use rolling pin to flatten them out, aside from the fact that the shape is not uniformly round, they come out fine. We are planning to try the same method when we finally decide to tackle corn tortillas (hopefully not in the distant future...)
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Sounds like you need more liquid to me too.

yes it is absolutely possible to make a good one without a press. I can't be positive of this, but I would guess that when people first started making tortillas they did it all by hand.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:17 AM   #8
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Anyone have a good flour tortilla recipe? I searched but could not find one.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:17 AM   #9
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Is it possible to make a good corn tortilla without a tortilla press? Mine are always too stiff or crumbly. What's the secret?
If you think you are going to make them very often I'd suggest getting a press, but in the meantime. You want to cook quickly in a very hot pan then cover with linen so as to not cook all the moisture out.
I have better luck with plastic bags than wax paper. I've cut both side seams out of a dozen freezer bags which are used over and over and stored with the press.
I wouldn't add lard or oil to corn tortillas, just water and salt. If I shuck corn I freeze the cobs and simmer them for 15 min. to make a stock to mix with masa harina instead of water.
To make really spectacular tortillas you could use fresh masa bought at a local tortillarilla or even made at home buy a very lonely few.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:38 AM   #10
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Anyone have a good flour tortilla recipe? I searched but could not find one.
This recipe has the rough percentages I use.

I only make a couple at time and use
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp lard or shortening
  • 1/8 cup water
Now don't tell anybody or they'll start yelling that you can't make tortillas with oil, but I've also used white whole wheat flour and extra virgin olive oil.
It's not traditional by a darn sight but they're better for you and I think even taste better.
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