Do you often have a craving for Mexican Food? You have everything set up for the beef barbeque; the salad will take a few minutes to cut and dress. Now, how would you heat the warm ad hard tortillas? You need not worry because you can heat the corn tortillas in the oven in no time. However, we would like to highlight the various ways you can heat tacos or tortillas to make it enjoyable.
What Is A Tortilla?
Before we go into the details about the heating tortilla, let us see what tortilla is. Tortilla is a product of cornflour. It is thin, circular rolled to a flat shape from the dough of cornflour. Although has been the food of the people of Mesoamerica back from 500 BC, it is still the staple food of the Aztec and Mayan. The tortilla has its origin in Mexico; t has become a part of Mexican-American food. Today, food lovers of all countries of the world eat tortillas with beans in Mexican style.
How To Heat Up Corn Tortillas Perfectly
Tortillas are easy to heat after you have made them in a tortilla press. Tortilla heats dry, as it does not need any oil, lard, or butter. A flat cooking surface is all you need to heat the tortillas. The care you need to take the tortillas should not break as you dry heat.
Here are some methods of how to heat corn tortillas including the use of an oven.
- Regular oven
- Tortilla warmers
- Griddle on top of the stove
You can comfortably heat tortillas in an oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Take five tortillas at a time and wrap them in tinfoil. Place the tin foil containing the stack of tortilla and allow to heat. The tortillas freshly pressed will need 25 minutes to bake. If you have pre-heated tortillas, you will need about 10minutes to warm up the tortillas. To have a delicious meal, the tortillas should be warm. To do so, you can wrap it in a towel and keep it in the warm oven.
A tortilla warmer works well in keeping the tortillas warm while you are having your food. A tortilla warmer is a round-shaped container slightly bigger than the usual tortilla bread. They are made of ceramic, plastic, terra cotta, or Styrofoam.
You can use the warmer to heat the tortillas on the warm stovetop. Heat the stove at a very low heat and place the container with the tortillas on top of the stove for a few minutes. Before keeping the tortillas inside the container, wrap the bottom with tissue paper.
The warmers create excellent results if tortillas are pre-cooked, the ones you buy from the food store or that which may have from earlier pressing. The warmers also help in serving straight on the table; this keeps them warm during the meal. The warmers are also versatile so, you will not be wasting money on them. Tortilla warmers also apply as a lovely casserole bowl.
Griddle On Top of the Stove
A griddle is a flat smooth surface pan, and using this is one of the perfect ways of heating tortillas. Tortillas pressed freshly lay flat on the griddle and warm the tortilla evenly. On placing the griddle on top of the stove, you need medium heat. Add the tortilla when the griddle is hot. Cook for 30-second on one side, then flip the other side and cook for another 30-second.
The heating of tortillas in the griddle does not need oil. It is dry heating and once the tortillas are puffy, you know they are done and ready for serving. Griddles just work perfectly for pre-cooked or freshly pressed tortillas.
No one really recommends the use of the microwave for warming tortillas. However, microwaves can be of use in warming. Place the stack of 5 tortillas on a plate that goes in a microwave. Sprinkle with a little water to make it moist. Set the microwave cooker for only 30 seconds.
As microwave warming results in loss of moisture, the tortillas lose taste and flavor.
Homemade tortillas taste good because of their softness and fresh flavor. Let us see how we make tortillas at home and have them ready for eating at any time.
Things You Need
- 2 cups cornflour
- ½ Tsp. of salt
- 3 TSP of olive oil
- ¾ cup water
- A tortilla press
- A skillet
- Combine the cornflour and salt in a microwave bowl. Add olive oil and water and mix well. Knead the mixture thoroughly about 12 times. Add flour if the mixture is loose and make it into a smooth dough. Cover with a towel and let it stand for 15 minutes.
- Divide the dough equally into 8 portions.
- In a tortilla press, place the dough and press hard to make the round-shaped tortillas. The tortillas will be the size of the diameter of the press.
- In a dry skillet and over medium heat cook the tortillas one by one. Flip over and cook the other side. Do not burn. Serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tortilla
Q: How can you keep tortillas crispy?
Ans: If you want your tortillas crispy like Taco bell, you can. Fry in deep oil or butter. Place oil in a deep skillet and fry the tortillas in medium heat. In a few minutes, you will crispy Taco-style tortillas.
Q: What are the sizes of tortillas?
Ans: The most common corn tortilla has a diameter of 4-inch, flour tortilla, 7 and 12 inches. Tortillas can be customized come in 24-inch diameter.
Q: Which tortilla is better, white or yellow?
Ans: In terms of taste and texture, the white tortillas are tender and softer. The white corn tortillas have more moisture and are easy to bite. The yellow corn tortillas are not as soft and good for tostadas, tacos, etc.
Q: Are tortillas healthy?
Ans: Health wise corn tortillas are superior to flour as corn contains nutrients, amino acids, minerals, and fewer calories.
Q: What nutrients are rich in corn tortillas?
Ans: Corn tortillas have an excellent source of magnesium and fiber. Magnesium is good for the functioning of the heart and brain and muscle. Fiber regulates the digestive system and improves immunity.
Q: What are the side dishes of tortillas?
- The dishes that go with tortilla are the following
- Creamed spinach
- Crispy potatoes
- Mashed squash with butternut
- Cheesy bacon
- Roasted squash
- Barbeque chicken
- Mexican cheese crisp and more
Q: What are tortilla presses made of?
Ans: They make tortilla presses of wood, steel, cast iron, or aluminum.
Q: What is the best size for a tortilla press?
Ans: A good tortilla press is of 8-inch diameter and made of cast iron. The presses have a handle to hold and press.
Q: Which kind of tortilla press is better, wood or metal?
Ans: Wooden presses are common in Mexican homes. They are large, less heavy than metal but prone to cracking and breaking. Metal presses are metal that is heavier, press well, and are durable.
Q: Should I buy a tortilla press?
Ans: A tortilla press at home helps you make flat, thin, and round tortillas quickly. If you need a large number regularly, it is worth buying.
Q: How much does a tortilla press cost?
Ans: Depending on the material used for making the price varies from $20 to $300. Cast iron or steel tortilla presses cost more.
Q: What is a common name of a tortilla press?
Ans: In Mexico, the tortilla press goes by the name of “tortilladora”. The press is of wood or metal at the base, handle and top. Balls or dough made of cornflour are placed in between the flat base, and handle and pressed to make flat tortillas.
Q: Can I use a tortilla press for hamburger patties?
Ans: The Tortilla press can also come into used to make hamburger patties. Place the beef ball on the base and press it with the handle. You can also make Indian chapattis with a tortilla press.
Q: How can avoid homemade tortillas from cracking?
Ans: The dry and cold tortillas have a tendency to crack or break. They should warm completely. For binding the cracks, you can use lard.