Sunday, July 3, 2016

Tortillas Recipe

I was very curious about making tortillas at home. Growing up in Israel I never ate Mexican food before I came to Los Angeles, I'm not a fan of beans and don't eat a lot of cheese, but there are a lot of similarities to the Israeli food in the way the fresh vegetables are prepared. I also love chicken, brown rice, avocado, cilantro and lime. So I decided to give it a try. First I used this flour, I followed a few recipes on the internet but wasn't sure when the tortillas were ready and how high my flame should be, the tortillas came out dry and broke. After talking to a friend she got me the right flour and a tortillas presser, we made a few tortillas together to make sure I cook them the right way. Here is my take on the recipe:

1cup Maseka corn masa flour
Pinch of salt
Scant 3/4 cup distilled water

  1. Prepare the tortilla presser, cut a ziplock plastic bag along the top and sides and place on the tortilla presser.
  2. In a medium bowl mix the flour and salt, add the water slowly mixing with your fingers. The dough should be smooth and not dry or sticky. I used almost 3/4 of a cup, there were one to two tsp left. 
  3. Pinch off some dough and roll it between your hands to create a ping pong size ball.
  4. Open the bag on the presser and place the ball on one side of the bag, fold the other side over the ball and press down with the presser. I cooked them while making them, but you can make them first and then cook them.
  5. Preheat your non stick pan or griddle over medium heat and cook the tortillas for one or two minutes on one side. When the edges look a little lighter in color than the rest flip the tortillas, the top side should also look a little lighter in color then the un-cooked side. Cook for one or two minutes, then flip it again and cook for another half a minute to a minute.
  6. Remove the tortillas with a spatula to a plate covered with a towel. Wrap the tortillas with the towel and let them steam for a few minutes as you're finishing to cook the rest of the tortillas.
  7. Serve immediately.
The tortillas should be fluffy, soft and tasty. Enjoy!


  1. There is nothing like home made tortillas!!! Happy 4 th to you as well.