Easy Essentials for Homemade Tortillas

Handmade and delicious, fresh, puffy corn tortillas are simple to make.  Here’s what you need:

Above: Keep your tortillas warm in a clay pot, such as this Pomaireware Clay Tortilla Warmer; $32. The porous clay prevents the tortillas from drying out quickly.

Above: Corn tortillas are made from masa, a mix of corn and water. You can get fresh masa from Mexican stores, but you can also buy masa flour at stores like Whole Foods. The dough is a simple mix of masa flour and water—that’s all you need. Masa Harina Corn Flour is available online; $11.03.

Above: Once you have created your dough and rolled it into balls, they need to be pressed into shape before you put them on the griddle or in a hot iron pan. A tortilla press is not essential, but it is useful. Placing the dough between wax paper (or a plastic baggie cut in half) is recommended for easy removal; aluminum Tortilla Press; $19.95. You can also source a traditional wooden Tortilla Press for $25.

Above: Use a heavy pan like this Lodge Cast Iron Round Griddle for grilling your tortillas; $23.95. Enjoy warm with your favorite fillings.

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

we do 2 parts masa to one part flour, water, and a dash of salt

iveta cer

Thank you

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago


Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

I love that earthenware pot, it's beautiful!

Susan B.
Susan B.3 years ago

Thank you

Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

sounds easy and delicious but i don't need two more things taking up space in my kitchen...

Amandine S.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Tanya W.
Tanya W.3 years ago

Healthy I'm sure.

Tanya W.
Tanya W.3 years ago


Bill and Katie D.

And they can all be hand made without these tools!!
Thank You