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Why don't my tortillas "puff?"

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  • gregncecily
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    I'm guilty of all 3 as well. Will try to use more water to make them wetter. Thanks

  • ColonialDawg
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    I use Maseca and mix with warm water until I get play-dough consistency. You can add a pinch of salt if you want. Adding too much water will prevent tortilla puffing.
    Let the dough ball rest for about 20 minutes before you start portioning.

    Let your griddle or skillet heat up until it is smoking hot - This is very important! The surface needs to be hot as hades before you start using it.

    Make your dough ball about the size of a golf ball and press as usual and then immediately place it onto your hot surface. Do not touch it!

    After 15 seconds you should be able to slide it around, flip it and let it cook for about a minute. Do not touch it!

    After one minute, flip it and gently press/tap the center of the tortilla or just give it a quick gentle press with your spatula. That should make it puff up. After 15 seconds flip it and cook for another 15 seconds and you’re done.

    Not all tortillas will puff up like a balloon. Many will just develop air pockets. It doesn’t matter because it doesn’t affect taste.

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  • hoovarmin
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    LOL, guilty of all three here!

  • JimLinebarger
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    I have on my list to do puffy tacos using SeriousEats recipe for San Antonio-Style Puffy Tacos with Ground Beef Filling. I have done it before but that was a few years ago. I also have only done it using oil to fry them, not just on a hot comal. Did you let the dough hydrate long enough? I have tried to make pita's but have the same issue of not puffing up.

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  • MrMeat
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    Originally posted by mnavarre View Post
    hoovarmin I was having the same problem so I asked our head cook at work. He said it was probably that my masa was too dry, possibly that my technique sucks, and almost certainly because I'm a gringo.
    Ha ha ha ha ha!!! I love it!

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  • mnavarre
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    hoovarmin I was having the same problem so I asked our head cook at work. He said it was probably that my masa was too dry, possibly that my technique sucks, and almost certainly because I'm a gringo.

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  • FireMan
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    You really want to know?

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  • gregncecily
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    How do you fry your corn tortilla's (shallow vs. deep) and what technique do you use to get them into the taco shape?

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  • hoovarmin
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    barelfly right on, brother

  • barelfly
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    hoovarmin send me the ones you don’t like....I have carne asada leftovers that I’ll use them for hahah

  • hoovarmin
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    Oh, I forgot - yes, instant Maseca

  • hoovarmin
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    barelfly thanks for responding. They taste pretty darn awesome. But I tend to be a perfectionist and I really want them to puff up. Since I posted, I got a partial puff - but I want the full monty puff. This is gonna drive me nuts until I can get it right.

  • barelfly
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    When i’ve made corn tortillas using maseca, some puff others don’t. Maseca is the ground corn, just add water stuff - is that what you are using when you say instant Masa?

    As for the translucency, they do change a bit, more so just lose that raw dough look, if I recall correctly.

    How do they taste? that’s really all that matters I think.

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  • hoovarmin
    started a topic Why don't my tortillas "puff?"

    Why don't my tortillas "puff?"

    I'm trying to learn to make my own corn tortillas using instant Masa. The two videos I've watched both say that you hit one side til the edges are translucent (we never see a change in the edges no matter how long we wait) then flip and cook for a minute, then flip and push in on the center of the tortilla and it should puff-up and inflate. Ours never puff up. What am I doing wrong?
    Last edited by hoovarmin; June 7, 2020, 03:20 PM.

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