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Test Kitchen video tip: Homemade tortillas

December 17, 2012|By Noelle Carter
  • Cooking homemade tortillas on a comal.
Cooking homemade tortillas on a comal. (Los Angeles Times )

Ever consider making your own tortillas? It's really easy: All you need is masa (you can find prepared masa at almost any Latin market, or mix up some masa flour with water and a little salt until soft and smooth), a tortilla press and a griddle or flat cooking surface.

Oh, and maybe an hour or so of your time.

We published an article a few years ago on the best tortillas in Los Angeles, including a tutorial on making your own. And if you're interested, on reinventing the taco at home. And yes, recipes are included (at the end of the story). The tortillas and tacos make a great weekend project, or invite guests over and turn it into an event.

Check out the video above for a step-by-step on making your own tortillas.

Tortilla presses and comals (thin, flat griddles used to cook tortillas) are inexpensive and available at most Latin markets and cooking stores, as well as online.

If you have any kitchen tips or questions you'd like me to explore, leave a comment below or shoot me an email at


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