How To Make Self Rising Masa

How to make self rising Masa mix for light, crispy and tastier homemade corn tortillas.

Recipe included below.

Have you ever eaten corn tortillas and wished that they were a little bit lighter and crisper... not so dense?

Well, you can have them lighter now.

Make them yourself from scratch, easy with your very own Masa Mix.

The word Masa is a Spanish word meaning "dough".

Masa is corn flour.

Corn is a healthy choice to team with cooked dried beans such as Pintos to make a complete protein.

How To Make
Self Rising Masa Recipe

  • 1 (4.4 oz.) bag Masa instant corn flour

  • 4 tablespoons baking powder

  • 3 tablespoons salt

Mix together in a large mixing bowl.

The best way to mix this to make sure it is thoroughly mixed, is to whisk it for a couple of minutes.

I like to fold the flour over with my whisk like I am folding in egg whites.

This technique sort of sifts the flour as it mixes.

After about 2 minutes, sift it together 2 or 3 times.

A large size sifter is a terrific investment for this.

This mixing and sifting will take you a little while, so don't get in a hurry.

But, the time it saves you in mixing this one batch will save you much precious time later. 

Not to mention the time and effort you save from washing extra dishes each time you make tortillas.

Store the mix in a flour canister with a tight fitting lid, in a dry location at room temperature.

Homemade Corn Tortillas Recipe

  • 2 cups self-rising Masa mix

    See how to make self rising Masa mix above

  • 1 1/3 cups water

  • vegetable oil for cooking

Add Masa in a small mixing bowl.

Make a hole in center of masa and stir in water.

Mix into a dough ball with a fork or your hands.

If the dough is too dry, add a few more drops of water.

If it is too sticky, add a few teaspoons of Masa. Let rest 5-10 minutes.

Divide dough into 16 equal size portions and roll into balls in the palms of your hands.

Place two pieces of waxed paper in your tortillas press.

Place a ball in the center between the paper and press until thin as you prefer.

They should be 5-6 inches in diameter.

The larger diameter, the crisper they will cook.

Carefully peel off paper.

I peel the top paper, remove the tortilla, lay the top paper on the bottom of the press, flip the top of tortilla back onto the bottom of the press, then peel off the bottom layer of paper.

This technique prevents your tender tortillas from breaking or splitting while you are trying to get them to your skillet.

Place 1/2-1 tablespoon oil in skillet on medium heat for about 3 minutes until hot.

Carefully lift tortilla and with hands or spatula and slide into oil.

Cook on one side until done or browned to your liking and slip and brown the other side like pancakes.

Takes up to 3 1/2 minutes per side.


Now that you know how to make self rising masa, you can create many delicious Mexican dishes.

One very good meal to make is delicious tacos with my Homemade Chili as a base.

It makes enough for a crowd.


For convenience, store a  1 cup measuring cup inside the canister.

You can use the cup over and over without having to wash it.

For speed, use a tortillas press to flatten dough balls.

However, they can be flattened into 5-6 1/2 inch disks with your hands or rolled out on a floured pastry cloth and rolled with a flowered rolling pin.

Save more time by heating your oil in a skillet  while you are mixing the dough.

It takes about 1/2 to 1 tablespoonful per tortillas.

That is how fast these can be made, because you premixed your flour.

Heat a microwaveable serving dish in the microwave 20-30 seconds to help keep your tortillas warm until served. 

After making up tortilla dough balls, they can be placed in a dish between two layers of paper towels to catch any condensation, covered with a lid and stored in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

I like to do this so other family members can have a snack of only one or two, whenever the want.

1 cup of flour makes about 7-8 tortillas.

Please note that these instructions on how to make self rising Masa mix and homemade corn tortillas may seem long and time consuming at first.

After you make these once, you will see how quick and easy they are to mix up and cook.

Even the grandchildren love making and eating these for snacks.

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