Tortillas have remained a staple in Latin households for decades, if not centuries. They were frequently used by the Aztecs in the area of Mesoamerica, which would eventually go on to become Mexico. As for its name, it’s believed to come from Spanish explorers and the word for “torta”, meaning a round cake.
Today tortillas can be found in Latin as well as American households. You can always purchase one of our great tasting tortillas, but if you want to make some at home, here is what you’ll need to make twelve of them:
- Two pieces of round plastic from a bag, ideally freezer bags
- Two cups of masa harina
- 1 ¼ cup of warm water
Combine the water and masa harina in a wooden bowl and mix it up until it’s evenly absorbed and the dough has turned into a ball. The dough should be soft and should not stick to your hands. If it does stick, add some more masa and if it looks dry or like it’s going to crumble, add more water. Use a moist towel to cover the dough so that it doesn’t dry out.
Grab a heavy skillet or griddle and preheat it over a medium flame, then use a heavy dish to place the ball of dough about one and half inches in diameter between two pieces of plastic and press to form a 6-inch round tortilla. Take the heavy dish off and then peel off the plastic. If the pressed tortilla doesn’t have an even edge then add some water. If the dough doesn’t come off the plastic easily it may need some more masa harina.
Cook the tortilla on the griddle for 45 seconds until the edges begin to dry out, and then turn it over and cook for about a minute until you see brown patches. Turn it over once again and cook it for an additional fifteen seconds, the whole cooking process should take about two minutes.
This update or recipe is provided by tortilla company Easy Foods Incorporated. Our wholesale tortillas products include corn tortillas, flour tortillas, tortilla chips, and wraps. For more information on our services or brands like Tacomex and Vedgee or private label tortillas, please call 305-928-1593. Our business hours are 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday Eastern time and we are closed on weekends.