Since I learned how to make my own corn tortillas at home, I never buy already made ones. Making tortillas is one of the things I enjoy a lot. It is relaxing and they taste totally different than the supermarket ones. I love making tortillas with different types of nixtamalized corn flours, but sometimes I love adding a new flavour, because this is one of the beautiful things about working with masa (dough), especially if you work with white corn flour, it is so versatile that you can add many other flavours to it, for instance, beetroot is a great combination, spinach, carrots, etc.
For this recipe I used fresh nopales, but if you can get fresh nopales paddles, you can replace the flavour with spinach juice. The method is the same.
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Tortillas de Nopal
- Tortilla press
- two pieces of plastic
- Tea towel
- non-stick frying pan
- Scale (if you want your tortilas to be the same size)
- High speed blender
- A large bowl
- 2 cups nixtamilzed white corn flour
- ¼ cup water
- 1 fresh nopal paddle large or 2 small, cleaned and roughly diced
- ½ tsp salt optional
To make the nopal juice
- Place the diced fresh nopal in a blender. Add the water and blend until smooth.
- To make the tortillas we need a bit more than one cup of nopal juice.
To make the nopal tortillas
- Place the white corn flour on the large bowl.
- Add the salt to the nopal juice and mix (optional)
- Then add the nopal juice in small quantities to the flour. Add a bit and mix, add more, and mix.
- The masa (dough) has to be moist and playable. Once the masa is ready, cover it and wash your hands and start making the tortillas.
To make the nopal tortillas
- Heat the non-stick frying pan on high heat.
- Weight the dough ball, 30 g each. Make them very round. Cover them with a tea towel.
- Then using the tortilla press, place one piece of plastic on the base and then place one dough ball, place the other piece of plastic on top and press slightly. Flip the tortilla on the tortilla press with the plastic on and press again.
- The tortilla needs to be thin and same thickness all around.
- Remove the pieces of plastic and take it to the hot pan. Cook for 10 seconds on one side and flip it. Cook for another 10 seconds on the other side and flip it again. This will allow the tortilla to cook evenly on both sides.
- Once the tortilla puffs, remove it from the pan and wrap it with a kitchen tea towel to keep it warm.
- Enjoy the nopal tortillas with a nice guisado: beans, carne asada, birria, barbacoa.
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