Blue Corn Tortillas Recipe

Are 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 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 Maseca Blue Corn Instant 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.

How to Make Fresh Blue Corn Tortillas at Home

Fresh blue corn tortillas represent the taste and aromas of everything good about Mexican cooking. For better shape use our Tortilla Press.

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Blue Corn Tortillas
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.
Blue Corn Tortillas
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
tortillas
Ingredients
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
tortillas
Ingredients
Blue Corn Tortillas
Instructions
  1. Mix the blue corn flour and warm water for about 4 minutes. I mixed by hand.
    blue corn tortilla
  2. Divide the dough into 16 small-sized portions, about golf ball size.
    blue corn tortilla
  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.
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  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.
    blue corn tortilla
  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.)
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Recipe Notes

And once you know how to make blue corn tortillas, you can use them as the basis for other blue corn tortilla recipes. For better round shape use your Tortilla Press.

 

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