The answer is: YES!
The question, of course, is “Are homemade tortillas worth the time and effort?”
I live in Texas, and we eat a lot of Mexican and Tex-Mex food. Years ago, I decided to try making tortillas from scratch, because, they’re cheaper and it sounded fun. I continue making them, because, you can’t beat the flavor or texture.
Making tortillas does require a couple of things that might not be at your local grocery store. The first is masa harina, also known as corn masa flour. The brand I see most often is Maseca. Maseca is available in most grocery stores in my area, but is more scarce in other places. It’s available through Amazon, and I’m including the link for those who live in masa free zones. However, though I buy a ton of stuff through Amazon, I really don’t recommend buying their masa unless you have no other option. The price is dramatically higher than in stores. Buying masa at this price means you’ll have the fun of making tortillas and the wonderful fresh taste, but none of the money saving perks!
The other thing needed to make tortillas is a tortilla press. I bought mine at a local shop that carries primarily Hispanic foods. I don’t see one exactly like it on Amazon, but if I needed one I would order this one. Once you have masa and a tortilla press, you are set to make tortillas or pupusas. Pupusas are one of my boy’s favorites! That recipe is coming soon.
We eat these tortillas often. They don’t crack or fall apart like the premade ones. Since my family can’t eat wheat, these are our first choice for tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas, and Mexican casseroles. However, baleadas is the dish we use them in most often! Please, check out my recipe for baleadas. It’s based on a Honduran street food.
If you decide to give tortilla making a try, please, leave a comment below. We’d love to hear how you use them. Someone at my house is guilty of knicking the first tortilla off the griddle, adding a little butter, salting, and making it disappear! I don’t know who that could be…