How to Make Fresh Blue Corn Tortillas at Home

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How to Make Fresh Blue Corn Tortillas at Home - Ready to Eat www.compassandfork.comAre you looking for a better alternative to supermarket bought wheat tortillas? How about making your own fresh blue corn tortillas? Easy to make!

Do you love Mexican food? Like tortillas, but maybe looking for something a little different? Maybe you even think they are a little bland. Don’t buy those wheat-based tortillas from the supermarket, how about making fresh blue corn tortillas?

Learning how to make blue corn tortillas is simple. They are surprisingly easy to make. I find the taste of blue corn tortillas far superior to wheat tortillas and no gluten to worry about! Their color is also rather spectacular and will have your friends and family raving about the taste.

I also find fresh blue corn tortillas a more filling alternative to their wheat counterparts. They are fun to make and you can involve the whole family. This is another good recipe to introduce the joys of cooking to children.

And once you know how to make blue corn tortillas, you can use them as the basis for other blue corn tortilla recipes.

About Corn

We all know yellow corn, but did you know corn actually comes in a variety of colors including blue, black, purple and red?  And many of these heirloom or native varieties are much better tasting and much better for you in terms of nutrition.

Corn is the largest, agricultural crop in the USA, and America grows more of it than anywhere in the world.  In the USA, much of the corn crop is used in other products or to feed livestock.  Roughly 36% of corn grown in the USA goes to feed livestock (cattle, pigs and chickens), and another 40% is used for biofuels including ethanol.

Of the small percentage consumed by humans, some is exported to other countries, some is consumed as corn and the remainder is used to make food and food products including corn flour, cornmeal, hominy, and grits. The making of high fructose corn syrup is another large use of corn in the USA.

Unfortunately breeding corn for these by-products has increased the sugar content and reduced the nutritional value now found in most widely available corn varieties.  So, there is not a lot of nutrition in yellow corn.  So what is the alternative?

About Blue Corn

Look for heirloom varieties of corn at the local farmer’s market or specialty grocery store.  When using corn flour or corn meal a nutritious alternative is blue corn flour.

Blue corn is common in Mexico, Peru and other parts of South America.  Corn is one of the most widely used ingredients in Peruvian cuisine.  During our visit to Peru we learned a lot about the ancient farming techniques of the Incas.  They used careful breeding and seed selection to create varieties of both corn and potatoes that would grow in a variety of climates and terrains.  There is evidence of corn growing in Peru as far back as 1200 BC.

Today Peruvian farmers grow over 55 varieties of corn, more than anywhere else on earth, in a wide range of climates.  Mexico’s corn production is much the same, focusing on native varieties that thrive in a variety of natural conditions.

Health & Nutrition Benefits of Blue Corn

Blue corn contains high levels of anthocyanins, which is what give it the blue tones.  This is the same antioxidant found in other blue/purple/red plants including berries.

The health benefits of anthocyanins include:

  • better metabolism of glucose;
  • properties that protect from cell damage and toxins;
  • inflammation reduction; and
  • better cognitive function.

And blue corn tortilla recipes contain 20% more protein than those made form white or yellow corn. They also have less starch and a lower glycemic index (GI).

And if we still haven’t convinced you, how about the fact they look and taste great!

Fresh Blue Corn Tortillas

As to the question of, “How to make blue corn tortillas”? Only 2 cups of blue corn flour mixed with 2 cups of warm water. Could there be anything easier than that?

We used Minsa Blue Corn Masa Mix. Not only can you make tortillas with this mix but also tamales, sopes, enchiladas, pupusas, gorditas and atoles. When you open the pack the delightful smell of the blue corn will have you smiling with delight. We receive no commission for mentioning Minsa, we just like the brand.

Try these home-made, fresh blue corn tortillas. They are easy to make, deliver a superior result and the dark blue color makes for some interesting taste and color combinations. Try making fish tacos with them, you will love the result. Also great with tomatillo chipotle salsa.

We used Minsa brand blue corn, but there are others available and you can order online if you can’t find it in your local shop.


 

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Fresh blue corn tortillas represent the taste and aromas of everything good about Mexican cooking.
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16tortillas 10minutes 20minutes
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16tortillas 10minutes
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  1. Mix the blue corn flour and warm water for about 4 minutes. I mixed by hand.
  2. Divide the dough into 16 small-sized portions, about golf ball size.
  3. Press into 6 inch (15 cm) round shapes using a tortilla press lined with wax paper, or use hands to flatten out the dough without the wax paper.
  4. Place on a griddle, pre-heated to a high temperature. Let cook for about 20 seconds and flip. Cook for a further 20 to 30 seconds. Additional flipping may be necessary to fully cook the tortillas depending on their thickness. I used a sandwich press and this worked well.
  5. Place the completed tortillas in an oven on low heat, covered to keep from drying while you cook the remaining tortillas. (You can use a tortilla server as well if you have one or a terracotta bowl.)

12 Responses

  1. We buy blue corn tortilla chips but I can’t say I’ve ever heard of blue corn tortilla. And we don’t see blue corn either. I should really keep my eye out for that! And the flour too. We make lots of tacos at home and I think it’s about time we make our own tortilla and stop buying ready-made. I mean, just two ingredients! 🙂

    • Editor
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      Yes only 2 ingredients. I think you will find the blue corn flour in any Mexican store. We live in Australia and we were able to find it.

  2. Kristen Greazel
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    blue corn chips are my favorite! I bet these are so good! This is so creative!

    • Editor
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      Funny you should mention blue corn chips. That really was our inspiration for trying the tortillas.

  3. rika
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    Thanks for sharing this homemade corn tortilla recipe! Looks so delicious, can’t wait to try

    • Editor
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      I hope you enjoy the tortillas. Something a little different.

  4. Ashley - Forking Up
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    Oops, I may have double-replied… anyways, I love this recipe! Blue corn tortillas look so PRETTY. I’ve never had one, but you’re making me want to try one 🙂

    • Editor
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      Not only pretty to look at but tasty as well. They are good for a change from wheat-based tortillas.

  5. Ali @ Home & Plate
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    This is such an easy recipe that even I can’t mess it up. I love blue tortillas and usually buy what I need. No longer!. I am going to give this one a try next time we eat Mexican.

    • Editor
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      I think you will like it. They have such a fresh taste about them and are quite filling.

  6. Jimmy
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    would there be any issue with using a frying pan rather than a griddle?

    • Editor
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      I have made these using a frying pan as well.

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