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Homemade corn tortillas (with optional chile and lime)

Easy homemade corn tortillas recipe! It’s easier than you think to make tortillas at home. Master plain corn tortillas or add ancho chile and lime.

Course Other
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword gluten free, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 small tortillas
Calories 52 kcal
Author Trish Bozeman


  • 1 cup yellow corn masa flour
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp ancho chile powder (optional)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp fresh lime juice (optional)


  1. Combine the masa flour, water, and salt (and chile powder and lime if using) in a large bowl and mix well with your hands to form a dough. The dough should be slightly on the dry side, and should not stick to your hands. If the dough sticks to your hands, add a bit more masa flour and blend again.

  2. Form the dough into a large ball. Divide the ball into 8 "pie" pieces, cutting in half, then dividing each half evenly, then dividing evenly again. Roll each piece into a small ball with the palm of your hand.
  3. Line a tortilla press with plastic wrap* and cover a large surface with plastic wrap. Press each tortilla to about 3 ½-5" in diameter. Set aside on the covered surface. Continue until all of the tortillas are pressed.**
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Place a few tortillas in the skillet, being very careful not to tear them. Cook until the edges curl upwards, about 3-4 minutes. Flip. Cook until the tortilla is browned on both sides, and easily removes from the pan, about another 1-2 minutes. Set aside and continue until all of the tortillas are cooked.
  5. Serve immediately with your favorite fillings!

Recipe Notes

*If you don't have a tortilla press, you can press the tortillas in plastic wrap using the back of a large sauce pan.
**This process can take quite a bit of practice. If your dough tears, just roll it into a ball and try again.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade corn tortillas (with optional chile and lime)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52
% Daily Value*
Sodium 146mg6%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.