How to make it

  • 1. Cut twenty-four 8-inch squares of parchment paper; set aside.
  • 2. Add the chipotle chili to the masa, then mix with the oil and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in 1 1/4 cups of the water with a rubber spatula to form a soft dough. Using your hands, knead the dough in the bowl, adding additional water as needed until the dough is very soft and has the texture of a very wet cookie dough (nearly too wet to handle). Cover and set the dough aside for 5 minutes.
  • 3. TO PRESS THE TORTILLAS: Pinch off a 3- tablespoon-sized piece of dough, and roll into a ball. Lay one square of the parchment on the bottom of the press, place the ball of dough in the middle, and lay the second piece of parchment over the top. Press the ball gently into a 1/8-inch-thick tortilla (5 to 6 inches in diameter). Remove the parchment-encased tortilla from the press and set aside; repeat with the remaining dough and parchment squares. (The tortillas can be held, covered, at room temperature for up to 4 hours before cooking.)
  • 4. TO COOK THE TORTILLAS: Line a baking sheet with two clean damp dish cloths; set side. Heat an 8 or 10-inch nonstick skillet (or griddle) over medium-high heat until hot, about 2 minutes. Working with one tortilla at a time, gently peel off the parchment, one side at a time, and lay the tortilla in the dry skillet. Cook, without moving, until the tortilla moves freely when the pan is shaken, about 30 seconds. Flip the tortilla over and cook until the edges curl and the bottom is spotty brown, 30 to 60 seconds. Flip the tortilla back over and continue to cook until the first side is spotty brown, 30 to 60 seconds. Lay the toasted tortilla between the damp dish cloths; repeat with the remaining tortillas. (The tortillas can be transferred to a zipper-lock bag and refrigerated for up to 5 days.)

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  • chipotlix 7 years ago
    I'd like to try this recipe because I want to know how to make soft tortillas, however I can't see any mention of the "crucial" final steaming step... or any steaming step. Any help?
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