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How to Prepare Corn Tortillas

Learn how to prepare corn tortillas three ways: dry-heat, pan-fried, and oven-baked.

1. DRY HEAT CORN TORTILLAS

How do you heat corn tortillas so that they don’t break? Dry heat is the answer. This method is easy and my preferred way to warm corn tortillas.

1. Set a cast-iron pan skillet over medium-high heat, then add a corn tortilla. Cook for 15-30 seconds.

corn tortilla frying in a cast iron skillet

2. Flip and cook the other side for 15-30 seconds. You know they’re done when they smell toasty and brown spots appear.

corn tortilla frying in a cast iron skillet

3. Immediately add the tortillas to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat.

2. OVEN- BAKED CORN TORTILLAS

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F | 176° C. Then, wrap 5 corn tortillas in foil. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

2. Set the wrapped tortillas onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

3. Immediately add the tortillas to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat. 

3. PAN-FRIED CORN TORTILLAS

  1. Set a wire rack into a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Warm 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Once the oil is smoking, add the corn tortilla and cook for 15-30 seconds.Flip and cook the other side, about 10 seconds.
  4. Using tongs, set the tortilla to dry on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  5. Allow some of the excess oil to drain off. Then, immediately add the tortilla to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat. 

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO USE CORN TORTILLAS?

  • Tacos
  • Homemade Tortilla Chips
  • Chilaquiles
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Enchiladas
  • Nachos

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the best way to heat corn tortillas for tacos?

The dry-heat method is my go-to way of preparing corn tortillas for tacos. If you happen to be making tacos for a crowd, try oven-baking them instead. Pan-fried corn tortillas are the best method if you’re going for flavor.


How long do you fry corn tortillas?

I never go wrong with frying one side of the corn tortilla for 15-30 seconds, followed by 10 seconds on the opposite side of the tortilla.


What’s the best oil for frying corn tortillas?

I use avocado oil because of its high smoking point, making it perfect for frying.

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How to Prepare Corn Tortillas

Tressa Jamil
Learn how to prepare corn tortillas three ways: dry-heat, pan-fried, and oven-baked.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Preparations
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 Corn Tortillas

Ingredients
  

  • 10 corn tortillas
  • ¼ cup avocado oil, for the pan-fried tortillas

Instructions
 

For the Dry-Heat Corn Tortillas:

  • Set a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, then add a corn tortilla. Cook for 15-30 seconds.
  • Flip and cook the other side for 15-30 seconds. You know they’re done when they begin to smell toasty, darken, and brown spots appear.
  • Immediately add the tortillas to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat.

For Oven-Baked Corn Tortillas:

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F | 176° C. Then, wrap 5 corn tortillas in foil. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  • Set the wrapped tortillas onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Immediately add the tortillas to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat.

For the Pan-Fried Corn Tortillas:

  • Warm 1/4 cup of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the oil is smoking, add the corn tortilla and cook for 15-30 seconds.
  • Flip and cook the other side for about 10 seconds.
  • Using tongs, set the tortilla to dry on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  • Allow some of the excess oil to drain off. Then, immediately add the tortilla to the inside of a cloth or a tortilla keeper to preserve their heat.

Notes

  • Don’t Overcrowd the Pan: When making corn tortillas on the stove-top, cook one tortilla at a time.
 
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Recipe Rating




Nanie

Saturday 14th of May 2022

Excellent

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I'm glad this was helpful for you.