Never underestimate the flavor or importance a fresh corn tortilla. Here's how to make this essential taco component.
Get the texture just right.
A good corn tortilla is fresh, fragrant, and supple. "You're going to have to compel yourself to make a taco out of it because you'll want to eat them all as is," says Alex Stupak, chef at Empelló Cocina in New York City. Though grabbing a bag of tortillas is certainly a big timesaver, you'll be so happy with the quality, taste, and texture of your homemade tortillas the first time you make them, you'll never want to buy the bagged kind again. (We promise.) Pressing and cooking your own tortillas is easy and a great way to get friends and family cooking with you, too. Here, we show you how.
To get started, make the dough for our Fresh Corn Tortillas. Form dough into a 1⁄2-inch-thick disk in the palm of your hand. If the dough sticks to your hands, it’s too wet: Add a little more masa. If the disk shows cracks on the sides, it’s too dry: Add a little more water.