How to roll corn tortillas? (5 easy steps to make)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to roll corn tortillas?”, discuss answers to other related questions like how can you soften tortillas to roll them easily, and how can you reuse frozen tortillas.

How to roll corn tortillas?

If you have never tried to roll a tortilla, then you can not do it all that well on your first few attempts. But you can follow the following way to learn how to roll corn tortillas:

To roll a corn tortilla, you have to start with a warm and fresh tortilla. Place the tortilla over your palm and fingertips. With your fingertips lift, the back edge of the tortilla. In one motion, push your hand forward to roll the tortilla and you are DONE.

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How can you soften tortillas to roll them easily?

To roll a tortilla without breaking it, it is important to make sure that the tortilla is fresh and not too cold. If you are having a cold tortilla, make sure to warm it in a pan or on a griddle or heat them for about 20 seconds in the microwave. 

If the tortillas are not soft and are cold, they would crack while rolling.

How to make corn tortillas like a pro?

To make corn tortillas without a press you should be having 2 cups of masa harina (corn that undergoes the nixtamalization process followed by drying and conversion into a powder), 1 teaspoon of kosher or sea salt, and 1.5 cups of warm water.

Read on to learn how you can make corn tortillas like a pro.

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5 easy steps to make corn tortillas

Mix and knead the dough

Mix 2 cups of masa harina with 1.5 cups of warm water until moistened. Take out the dough on the counter and knead it using water until the dough is soft and smooth.

Separate the dough and roll it into balls

Start by diving the dough into 2 halves. Divide each half into 2 portions. You need to keep dividing until you have dough pieces enough to make 12 tortillas.

Prepare dough balls

To make a dough ball, press it between masa harina floured plastic sheets or wraps.

Roll out dough

Using a roller pin, roll the round ball of dough into a flattened round that is only about 1/8th of an inch thick. The diameter should be 5 to 6 inches. Remove the tortillas from the sheets and place them on a floured plate.

Cook the tortillas

In a hot comal or griddle, cook each side of the tortilla for 30 seconds to 1 minute. And your tortillas are READY!

Can you freeze tortillas?

You can freeze the tortillas to prolong their shelf life as the cold temperature of the freezer halts the growth of bacteria on corn tortillas, thereby preserving their quality for a long time.

To freeze corn tortillas, you have to:


Grab a freezer bag or aluminum foil and a divider.

Put the divider between each wrap

Now prepare the wrap by cutting large enough pieces of aluminum pieces to roughly cover the rolled tortilla. (if you choose breadcrumbs, make sure you spread them in an even layer. You can also use wax sheets as they can also serve the purpose)

Wrap the tortilla

Then wrap the stack of rolled tortillas in a freezer bag. Do not forget to release the air from the freezer bag before wrapping. Make sure to label it before freezing.

Place the package in the freezer

Store the freezer bag in the freezer.

How can you reuse frozen tortillas?

If you are going to use frozen tortillas, start by defrosting them first and then reheating.

To defrost frozen tortillas, you can either 

Take out the frozen tortilla on a plate and let it stay on the counter for 10 minutes at room temperature. Make sure to flip after 5 minutes. After 10 minutes, simply reheat the tortillas and ENJOY!


Heat a non-stick pan on a stovetop and toss the tortilla wrap in it. If you heat it for longer, it will defrost and reheat the tortilla wrap. But if you do not want it warm, remove it from the heat after some time.

How can you use tortillas?

Frozen and reheated tortillas can be used just like fresh ones. This means you can turn them into Tacos, Burritos, Enchiladas, Casseroles, Fajitas, Flautas, Huevos Rancheros, Tortillas roll-ups, Quesadillas, Chips, Soups, and Breakfast wraps etc.


In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to roll corn tortillas?”, discussed answers to other related questions like how can you soften tortillas to roll them easily, and how can you reuse frozen tortillas.


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