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Homemade Corn Tortillas for the Holidays with Maseca

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Homemade Corn Tortillas

in the kitchen with Maseca for a holiday tortilla.

My mom makes the BEST tortillas!!  Hands down they are the best.  I’m certain these are the words that flow proudly from every child whose mom makes tortillas, but my mom can seriously rock a tortilla.

Every opportunity I get I sneak into the kitchen to gaze at her movements, her technique or any little trick I think would help in my quest to make mine taste even half as good as hers. She kindly reminds me that she has been making tortillas since she was 12.

Don’t worry mija you will get the hang of it.

Are they round? Yes.  Edible? Yes.  Do they taste like my mom’s? No. 


Christmas on a plate. Tortillas tinted green with poblanos nestled nest to a fresh salsa.

How is it possible for such a humble tortilla to bring me such pain?  Well, tortillas are one of the most important components of every Latina’s table. Breakfast, lunch or dinner would not be the same without them.  Tacos, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas or tostadas the list is endless. Can you imagine a steaming bowl of frijoles de olla without a warm tortilla?  I can hardly type as I think of it, never!!

My mom’s coming for a visit next week and I decided to take the opportunity to wow her with my tortillas. I decided to jazz them up for the holidays with my beloved poblano chile.  Maseca and poblanos a wonderful pair.

Poblano flavor two ways: Fresh and dried.  This gives the tortilla masa a colorful tint, perfect for the season!  I was excited to see how well they turned out.  The masa made with dried chiles had a hint of spicy backdrop; nothing too overwhelming both my girls enjoyed them.  The masa made with fresh poblanos really took it another level.  The color alone made me giddy, but the taste made me happier.


With the help of Maseca these tortillas quickly came together.  It’s great addition to my pantry and I love the endless dinner options it provides in my weekly meal planning.

Great News!! Maseca has added a English version to their site making it easier for anyone to visit. Check it out, Maseca in English.

I hope you drop by for a visit and check out my profile with the Amigas Blogueras





These colorful tortillas are easy to make here’s how:

For the roasted poblano- roast two fresh poblanos until charred.  Remove charred skin, seeds and stem.

In a blender or food processor blend the two chiles with about 1/4 cup water until smooth.

Replace this liquid with the water.


For the chile ancho tortillas:

In a saucepan place two dried chile anchos, cover with water and simmer until re-hydrated.

Remove seeds and stem. Place in blender or food processor with 1/4 cup of cooking liquid and blend until smooth.

Replace this liquid with the water.

Homemade Corn Tortillas for the Holidays with Maseca

Yield: 16


  • 2 cup Maseca
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Combine maseca, water and salt.
  2. Mix thoroughly for about 2 minutes to form soft dough.
  3. If dough feels dry, add more water (one tablespoon at a time)
  4. Divide dough into 16 equal balls.
  5. Cover with damp cloth to keep dough moist.
  6. Line a tortilla press with two sheets of thick plastic wrap.
  7. Place each ball between plastic and press until tortilla measures 5 to 6 inches in diameter.
  8. Carefully peel off plastic wrap.
  9. Preheat ungreased griddle, skillet, or comal on medium high heat.
  10. Cook tortillas one at a time for 50 seconds.
  11. Turn, then cook the second side for another 50 seconds.
  12. Cover tortillas with cloth napkin to keep soft and warm.


Sweet Life disclosure: I was invited to participate in  the launch of the new Maseca website. This is a sponsored  campaign between maseca and Latina Bloggers Connect. My opinions  remain my own.

Read more at http://sweetlifebake.com/2011/11/17/celebrating-the-launch-of-the-new-maseca-website-with-blog-amigas/#ixzz1gjc0x7WR

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29 Responses to Homemade Corn Tortillas for the Holidays with Maseca

  1. [...] quick bread, frybread often accompanies a meal, similar to the way that tortillas can be torn into pieces and used to scoop bites of food or can be dipped in stews and soups. [...]

  2. [...] tortillas and found a website called the Homesick Texan. I also found a really good recipe at Sweet Life Bake for homemade corn tortillas but unfortunately I still do not have a tortilla press. I have much [...]

  3. Great post- we love making corn tortillas and the flavor variations are a great idea. I agree with the first comment regarding GMO corn. Most of the masa out there is genetically modified, and it can be hard to source non-GMO. Bob’s Red Mill is non-GMO and any organic brand would be too. It is worth the hunt to have delicious tortillas without all of the issues that surround GMO corn.

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  5. Happy 2012!
    I have had this bookmarked since you posted it! I did look up the website – but there are many kinds of Maseca… which one do you use? I would buy it from the interenet IF I was assured it was not a GMO product and that it was the real Mexican corn flour used in authentic Mexican cooking… no GMO is key.
    Let me know where to source this kind of corn flour, too – if this is not it.
    Saw your profile! KUDOS!
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    • Hey Val! I purchased the Maseca Masa to make these tortillas. Let me do a little reasrach, from what I know they do not use GMO.
      I’ll shoot you a email today!!

  6. Pumpkin Pie Tamales, seriously?!
    OK so now the tortillas, I have never tried making corn only flour but these look amazing!
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  7. I make fresh corn tortillas all the time. I love the smell of them because they remind me of my grandmother. Depending on the meal, I sometimes add ground cumin or ground curry to the dry mix before combining the liquid; other times I’ll use fat-free chicken broth in place of water in the mix – so delicious.

  8. Fantastic suggestion!!
    Cheers and hope you have a fantastic and very merry Christmas,
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  9. the one thing my husband wishes i would learn to make is homemade tortillas! might have to just bite the bullet and do it with your recipe! it looks awesome

  10. These tortillas must be literally BURSTING with flavor! I’ve never attempted homemade before but you’re convincing me that I need to!
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  11. The colors make for a beautiful holiday presentation
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  12. have a fun and delicious time with your mom.
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  13. I’d dearly love to be able to make my own corn tortillas. I must give this a try. I’m heading over to their English site to poke around. Thanks for letting us know.
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  14. Those tortillas sound fabulous with chile ancho. Thank you for sharing it.
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  15. Bravo for making homemade tortillas. It’s one of the things on my list to learn; but it looks like a lot of work. :)
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  16. Those chile ancho tortillas sound insanely fabulous! I got a tortilla press last year and am still trying to perfect my tortilla making… I have a ways to go though haha :)
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  17. Such an awesome post! My hubby has great stories of his mami, abuelita, and tias making tortillas…I love to listen to him tell them, too :) Thank you for sharing these with us…that ancho one? Drool!
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  18. I posted a homemade corn tortillas recently, love those mini tortillas..and the idea to roast the pepper!
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  19. Everything tastes better when our mothers made it :)

    Love corn tortillas and yours look wonderful!
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  20. There is nothing more comforting than fresh corn tortillas on the griddle. These are fabulous!
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  21. After reading several posts about potato chip tortillas, it’s great to see your yummy corn tortillas!
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  22. they look great flat breads are not the easiest to make taken me years to get chapatti tried pita the other day just so so

    Merry Christmas
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  23. This colorful tortillas look delicious. Next time I prepare some tortillas, will add some color to them. Thanks for the idea.
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  24. I applaud your tortilla efforts. Those look so delicious :)
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  25. Yum! I love making corn tortillas, but I really don’t know anyone else that makes them. I wish I did so I could watch to see how it’s really done, but for now I’m happy with what I can make, they’re delicious to me :D I love the colorful tortillas, they look so yummy!

  26. Scrumptious! I love corn tortillas, but they are not as easy to shape as wheat tortillas. I wish I had a tortilla press…



  27. No way I could these justice! Beautiful poblanos – mmm, kinda romantic photos!
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  28. Nothing says i love you, more than a delicious tortilla.

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