Making homemade tortillas (flour or corn tortillas) is relatively easy — once you have the right tools. Choosing the best tortilla maker is difficult, because you have to decide whether you want an electric tortilla maker or a traditional skillet.
Electric Tortilla Maker Options
If you want to purchase an electric tortilla maker, you generally have two choices: the Villaware and the Saachi.
CucinaPro Tortilla Maker
(Buy it and read additional reviews here). The Villaware is considered the best electric tortilla maker on the market. However, they are more difficult to find. If you can find one on Amazon marketplace, then you should buy it.
Saachi Tortilla Maker
People also like the Saachi Tortilla Maker, but reviewers say it doesn’t last as long. If you can find the revel tortilla maker or the VillaWare tortilla maker I would but this one. (You can buy it and read reviews here)
Traditional Tortilla Maker Skillet
Another way to make tortillas is with a skillet. You flatten the dough with a tortilla press and then cook the tortilla on a skillet. There are two options for skillets:
- Round Skillet – For less than $20 you can buy a round cast iron skillet that will allow you to make awesome tortillas. This tortilla maker round skillet gets the best reviews. You must use this skillet over your stove though.
- Lefse or Crepe Electric Skillet – I know people who use lefse makers and crepe makers like this one to make their tortillas. My mom says that this one is the best and it allows you to adjust the heat settings by actual temperature (eg 300 degrees not “high, medium, or low”). Plus the added benefit to buying a skillet like this is that it has multiple uses. Based on the reviews, I would highly recommend buying this electric skillet to make your tortillas because it has so many uses.
No matter what sort of tortilla maker you use (be it an electric or traditional skillet) I would highly recommend buying a cast iron tortilla press.
With a tortilla press you don’t have to use a rolling pin to hand roll each tortilla dough. Instead, you just put the ball of dough in and press.
I would NOT buy an aluminum press because they are light and not made as well. The best tortilla presses are cast iron.
This press gets the best reviews for tortilla presses. It’s an 8 inch Imusa Victoria cast iron tortilla press. It costs about $20.