Corn Tortillas

Yes. Yes that is a photo of corn flour buckled up. Hilary is always thinking ‘safety first,’ and safely did it arrived to my (Alexi’s) kitchen to be turned into delicious, delicious tortillas.

Sunday was the Mad Men season 5 premiere (eeeek! Don Draper!), and what better way to enjoy the long awaited premier than with homemade tortillas (and Heineken, of course. What, you think I don’t know how to throw a proper party like Betty?) And did you know that home made tortillas are incredibly easy to make and involve 3 ingredients? WELL, YOU WILL KNOW SOON ENOUGH!

Seriously, we just mixed a couple cups of corn flour with water and a little salt, and rolled the dough out to our desired thickness. Though, it took a couple trial and errors to find the best way to roll the dough without a tortilla press (which I will be purchasing), we found that using our hands and a lightly floured surface work best. This method creates slightly thicker than normal tortillas that work great for tacos.

After hand pressing the dough balls, we fried them on medium high heat in a little vegetable oil  for about 2 to 3 minutes.  After frying a couple, Hilary had this brilliant idea of squirting the tortillas with lime juice and then frying them. Brilliant Hilary. Absolutely brilliant.

AND MAGIC! TORTILLAS! SO GOOD HOT! or with beans and cheese and avocado whilst watching Mad Men!


Corn Tortillas

makes about 12 6-inch tortillas

  • 2 cups corn flour
  • 1 1/4 cups water (more if dough is dry)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  1. Mix flour, water, and salt in medium bowl til soft dough is formed.  If the mixture is dry and crumbly, add a little more water til it all comes together.
  2. Form dough into 12 balls.
  3. Roll dough out between wax or plastic wrap (or use your hands) to about 5 or 6 inches in diameter. If you have a tortilla press, layer the top and bottom with plastic wrap before pressing the dough balls.
  4. Heat about 1 tsp. vegetable or olive oil on medium-high heat and fry tortillas one at a time (adding more oil between each frying) for about 2 to 3 minutes total.  NOTE: you don’t have to use oil, you can fry the tortillas in a dry pan if that pleases you.
  5. Cover with napkin or towel to keep the tortillas soft until all are fried.
  6. Eat plain, or with your favorite taco filling, or in a casserole, or really whatever you want. It’s your choice. Have fun with it!

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