Corn tortillas

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  1. JohnP

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    It would be a sorry ole world without corn tortillas. Breakfast, dinner, and supper, I might stave without them.

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    I rather starve
    not a fan of tortillas
     
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    Had some last night. Always got some in the freezer,
     
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    In general I tend to prefer flour tortillas (tortillas de harina) over corn tortillas (tortillas de maiz) but there are certain times when corn tortillas are the better choice...

    Buen provecho!
     
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    The corn ones have their place, but I do prefer the structural integrity of a flour tortilla.

    Fish tacos are better with corn...
     
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    Hard to go wrong with tortillas in any form.
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Essential for all things lol I’ve taught my GF that everything is better in a tortilla
     
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    Any of y'all ever make it to Austin, you gotta try Torchy's Tacos. It can be a life changing experience.

    I mean, if I was sentenced to life in prison and the only thing the prison cafeteria served was Torchy's Tacos, I'd be okay with that.
     
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    Funny you should mention that. I was sitting on the exam table a couple weeks ago discussing all the wonderful merits of tacos with my doctor and he suggested Torchy’s. I’m gonna have to make it a point next time I’m in Austin.

    JohnP
     
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    ^^^This. Fish tacos on corn tortillas with a little salsa on them are :32:
     
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    No, with a LOT of good, hot salsa on them! Bueno!
     
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    My wife started making homemade corn tortillas a while back, which has dramatically elevated my opinion of corn tortillas.
     
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    Home made tortillas, corn or flour, are the only way to go. But being a lazy old phart, I go to the local grocery store and they make fresh tortillas in the store.
     
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    All corn tortillas really need is some butter and a little salt but Carne Guisada sure goes a long way if you got some.
     
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    Corn tortillas are good with out a dought but I eat way more flour tortillas because they hold up well in a pack
     
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    What can be used to soften corn tortillas to make them as soft as the flour tortillas? I prefer corn but would like to soften them up.
     
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    tortillas were originally made of corn as long as 10,000± years ago by natives of what we now call Central America and Northern America

    they were a staple in the Native American's diet

    when the Portuguese/Spanish "discovered" these lands they were introduced to them butt had a problem with them for theological reasons

    in northern Mexico and what is now the South Western United States the imigrants began making tortilas out of wheat flour which the Europeans associated with The Body of Christ and flour tortilas resembled pita bread which they were already familiar with

    this information came from

    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-...a-What-s-the-history-of-tortillas-1752733.php

    a good read

    in some of my other readings (and i can't put my finger on it) i read that between the corn in the tortilas and something in the chilis(peppers) something happens making them life sustaining when combined with the rest of the Native American's diets

    i do wish i coud find that source since it was also good reading

    btw, in the absence of yeast/sour dough chuck wagon cooks would "bake" an unleavened bread called Pan De Campo in DO's instead of biscuits

    Pan De Campo was essentially a very thick(3/4" - 1") flour tortila that was cut up and used for soppin bean/meat juice... yummy ;-)

    corn is added nourishment

    flour is fluff

    IMHO
     
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    It's a process called Nixtalmalization when corn is processed into Masa
     
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    By "soften" do you mean less prone to breaking and crumbling when folded?

    I once worked at a Mexican food restaurant (a real one, not taco bell). Enchiladas are a filling rolled in corn tortillas topped with a sauce and cheese. How did they roll these corn tortillas into enchiladas all day every day without them breaking?

    They'd grab a stack of the corn tortillas with a pair of tongs and dunk them in the deep fryer briefly, maybe 10 - 15 seconds. Didn't fry them long enough to crisp into chips but it made them hold together a lot better while staying flexible. It was almost like magic, the difference it made.
     
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    You can get/make soft corn tortillas -- they're excellent if toasted dry in a fry pan for a minute or two until slightly browned. Just don't eat them raw: not that appetizing in that form.

    Corn tortillas are one of the few foods I miss since moving to Japan...
     
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    My two cents .. If i'm buying them already made & Packaged. I will sometimes add a bit of butter ( Real Butter or Ghee ) onto a hot Griddle ( Comal ), which will soften them up a bit.. Or a Spritz/Fine Spray of water directly onto the Tortilla ( Steam ) ], while its on the Griddle.

    After heating, a few minutes pressed between a dry dish towel will also help keep them warmed & pliable.

    Handmade " Corn or Flour " Tortillas, are normallly thicker than store bought. :3:

    Thats exactly how my " Grandmother & Mother " made Enchilidas. :dblthumb:
     
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    Right, if I'm just heating corn tortillas to serve, I'll lightly moisten them then heat them on a griddle.

    While with flour tortillas, the griddle is the best for them, too, but you don't need to moisten them first. There's a trick to do two at a time in a stack - first put two torts stacked on a griddle, then flip the stack immediately followed by flipping the top tortilla again, then flip the entire stack again and immediately flip the top tortilla again, then flip the entire stack again. Gets both sides of both tortillas in the space it takes to do one.

    Heating them in an oven wrapped in foil is acceptable, too. Just don't microwave them.
     
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    We started to hand make them six months ago. Bought a press. Tweaked the recipes.
    Mmmm mmmm!
    Fish tacos are on menu this weekend.
     
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    I make my own, corn or flower. You'll never go back to store bought!! :dblthumb:

    Cast iron tortilla press...

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    You don't really need a press, they can be done by slapping back and forth by hand. But the press adds a level of perfection!!

    -John
     
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    "New York City"!! :D:p:34:

    -John
     
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    Yep. ‘Nuff said.

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    Thanks for everyone's input, going to get some today and then do some good eating :dblthumb:
     
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    I love corn tortillas. My favorite way to toast a corn tortilla is over an open flame on a gas range top. I just put one on the grate, like you would a pan, and flip it a few times with the burner on high. When the edges start to blacken it’s ready to go. If I’m toasting a bunch I’ll hold them between two small plates (top plate upside down as a lid) to keep them warm.

    A few tortillas toasted, smeared with soft cheese or Nutella and rolled up, makes a great snack.
     
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    If you all have an HEB near you, you need to try this. Lawzy me, it’s good on corn tortillas with just about everything. Creamy and spicy.

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    That looks really delicious, @JohnP. Enchiladas (the flat kind), layered with meat, cheese, chopped green chili peppers, etc, etc, with an egg on top, are one of the most wonderful things in the world. But my true addiction is a pile of corn tortilla chips a bowl of salsa, and a cold beer, at the end of the day.
     
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    That”s the ones I grew up eating in New Mexico. Dang, making my mouth water.

    JohnP
     
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    Yes
     
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    Ugh, torchey’s. What I wouldn’t do to hang a fang on one of those again!
     
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    Carnitas YUM!
     
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    I do some of my shopping at Walmart because it's cheapest. Walmart apparently stopped selling the corn tortillas here. I prefer them over the flour. I buy the big packs that have a six inch stack of them. Now there is none at Walmart, only flour. But they expanded the Mexican food section in the canned goods area. It must be a local demand thing. They are still sold at other stores here though. I keep a cast iron griddle on the stove for heating them.
     
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    I did the water on the griddle heat method and it worked great :dblthumb:
     
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    We eat a lot of tortillas out here in the West. Mostly we buy and eat flour tortillas because this is what is most common. We have a tortilla maker which we use for corn flour tortillas. These are far superior to store bought corn tortillas, but we don't make the corn tortillas very often. Pure laziness I believe. At any rate I like both corn and flour tortillas. In my opinion corn tortillas are more flavorful if it is hand made from actual corn flour (harina de maiz). Store bought corn tortillas are fragile and break apart easily.
     
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    Lol, yep eat a lot of tortillas both corn and flour.
    I used to work with a guy who said when he retired he was going to stick a tortilla under the windshield wiper of his truck and head north. If a gas station attendent asked him how come he had a tortilla under his windshield wiper he would drive on to the next town. The first town he came to where they dident recognize what a tortilla was that was where he would stay.
     
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