Soft, Resilient, and Flexible
Finally, a fluffy corn tortilla recipe that doesn’t fall apart! This Holy Grail of Corn Tortilla recipe is the end all, be all of corn tortillas. They are soft, flavorful, and hold their composure when loaded with meat, vegetables, and seafood.
What Makes These Holy Grail Tortillas Different From Other Corn Tortilla Recipes?
There is one simple ingredient that does the trick, xanthan gum! If you’re gluten free and do any sort of baking, you’re well aware of this ingredient. But if you were just browsing Google for the Holy Grail of Corn Tortillas and stumbled upon this page, you are in for a treat! Technically, Xanthan Gum is the byproduct of the Xanthomonas Campestris bacteria ingesting sugar, but for our purposes, it is a natural binding, thickening, and stabilizing agent. It’s also tasteless so it makes our tortillas stick together without getting in the way of their flavor. If you would like to learn more, this link to Healthline.com will fill you in.
I Usually Eat Flour Tortillas… Will I Like These Soft and Fluffy Corn Tortillas?
I know that some people find themselves in the flour tortilla corner, but I believe that’s because many of us have not had warm, homemade corn tortillas. Corn tortillas that you buy in the store tend to be dry, flaky, and just downright bland. They are difficult to reheat and nearly impossible to wrap anything in because they break apart just by looking at them. These homemade ones are the opposite. They have this beautiful texture and thickness (without being too thick) and add almost a warmth to each bite. Nothing compares to wrapping steak in a warm corn tortilla with a little cilantro and onion. It’s like a little piece of heaven in your mouth. As an added bonus, my wife can eat them too because they are naturally gluten free. Yay for that.
Homemade Tortillas….Sounds a Bit Daunting
With only 3 ingredients (5 if you count water & salt), this fluffy corn tortilla recipe comes together incredibly easy. And if you have made tortillas before, you’ll find that this dough is actually easier to work with because it is less sticky than normal dough. Mix the ingredients then split into sections. Press down with a rolling pin, tortilla press or even your hand will work in a pinch. That’s it! Let’s get rolling.
Can I Save These/Freeze Them?
You can. The best way to do it is to cook them fresh, so I suggest making the tortilla dough, rolling them out, and then separating them by pieces of parchment paper. You can store them a zip lock bag in the refrigerator up to a week. When you’re ready to eat them, follow the recipe from the Cooking Instructions portion. If you want to freeze them, do the same thing except place them in the freezer. Take them out the night before wanting to serve them and place them in the refrigerator. Continue from Cooking Instructions when you’re ready to eat. If you have leftover tortillas that have already been cooked, store them the same way. When you’re ready to reheat, use a damp a piece of paper towel and wrap around tortillas. Place them in the microwave for 15-30 seconds or until they are warmed. Serve immediately.
Tips and Tricks for Holy Grail of Corn Tortilla Recipe
- Not many people have a tortilla press on hand. That’s okay! You can press the tortillas down with the palm of your hand but they will end up slightly thicker. You can also tape down parchment paper and use a rolling pin to get the dough thin. Then use a cookie cutter or plastic lid (like this one here) to get your desired size.
- Make sure the dry ingredients are mixed well. Xantham Gum tends to be difficult to mix in after it gets wet.
- If you have never used Xantham Gum, it is relatively inexpensive and can be found in most major grocery stores in the baking section. Our favorite brand is here.
- One of the ingredients is Yellow Corn Masa. This is also known as Masa Harina or Masa Flour. Masa flour is made up of corn that has gone through a soaking process of lime and water. It is then dried and ground. There is a very simple explanation here. This ingredient can be found in most major grocery stores in the Mexican section. It is also available online here.