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homemade corn tortillas

I never realized how easy it is to make your own corn tortillas.  Have you ever gone to a Mexican restaurant where they serve fresh, warm, homemade tortillas?  They are the best and definitely make the meal.

It is super easy and you only need 3 ingredients: Masa Harina, a pinch of Salt and Water.

Masa Harina is a special type of corn flour that is made from corn that is soaked in lime, dried, then ground in to a fine flour.  It is different from corn flour or corn meal, so make sure that you pick up the correct flour for your tortillas!  I had trouble finding the flour in stores, so I ordered it online through Nuts.com.  I got it the very next day!

Lets walk through the process!

Mix together 2 cups of masa harina, 1 tsp salt and 1.5 cups warm water and let sit for about 30 minutes for that it can set and form a dough.  As you wait for the dough, you can prepare your toppings!

Take your dough and form into balls about the size of a golf ball

Individually, place each ball of dough in between 2 pieces of wax paper and roll (flatten) into a patty about 1/4inch thick

Keep some thickness to them because it makes it easier to place on the grill, flip and stuff with your favorite toppings!

Cook in a pan or on a griddle for about 2 minutes on each side until browned and the edges start to curl up.

While the tortillas were cooking, we got all of our toppings ready to go:

The beauty of fajitas/tacos is that you can make any creation that you want!  We had a little bit of everything: grilled chicken, black beans, peppers & onions, roasted corn, salsa, pepperjack cheese, avocado, sour cream, fresh limes.

The fresh tortillas are perfect piled high with all of your favorites

And, they don’t fall apart when you are eating!

This was a completely delicious meal and so worth the few extra minutes it took to make the tortillas!  The tortillas still tasted great the next day, so you could even make them ahead of time is you need to.   Yum!