Basic Corn Tortillas

Make this essential component of Mexican cuisine in large batches and freeze them.

Serves: 10Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 10


  • 2 cups cornmeal or masa harina
  • 1 1⁄2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • Mix the ingredients to form a soft dough. The dough should not stick to your hands. If it is sticky, add cornmeal 1 teaspoon at a time until it doesn’t stick any longer.
  • Divide the dough and roll it into balls about the size of golf balls.
  • Flatten the balls between 2 sheets of wax paper. If they stick, scrape them off, add more cornmeal, and start over. Flatten to about 1⁄4 inch thick.
  • Place each tortilla separately in an ungreased frying pan and cook over medium heat until slightly brown, usually 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until slightly brown.