We asked the talented Delilah Snell to share her recipe for homemade tortillas, an easy DIY project with a big flavor payoff. Snell is c...
We asked the talented Delilah Snell to share her recipe for homemade tortillas, an easy DIY project with a big flavor payoff. Snell is co-founder of Patchwork Show, an arts and craft festival with locations across California, and Craftcation, an annual maker and business conference. She cohosts a podcast and blog about her adventures at dearhandmadelife.com. Delilah also freelances in event planing and logistics, loves to garden, and works on various food preservation projects.
Making homemade tortillas is easier than you think, and so worth it, because everyone can taste the freshness of the masa. Recently I put a spin on them, as I had some sweet, earthy red Hatch chile powder from a trip to New Mexico. The DIY Red Chile Tortillas look amazing, and they add a depth of flavor to any dish that typically uses tortillas. And they can bring on the heat! My favorite ways to use them? Simple cheese quesadillas and grilled fish tacos.
DIY Homemade Red Chile Tortillas Recipe
2 cups masa harina (corn flour) – you can purchase the flour at any Mexican grocery store or from Bob’s Red Mill
½ tsp. salt
1/3 cup mild chile powder, such as Hatch
1½ to 2 cups hot water
Tortilla press—available at cooking stores or Mexican grocery stores. You can also use your hands to pat each tortilla into a disk.
Comal—a flat griddle used for toasting spices or cooking/warming tortillas. If you don’t have one, a flat-bottomed pan (I prefer cast iron) works great.