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Recipe from Guatemala

Corn tortillas are a must have staple of Guatemalan cuisine. They are served hot and fresh with every meal at our El Faro campus in Punta de Palma, Guatemala. Corn tortillas are simple, delicious, and can be eaten morning, noon, or night. You can make your own corn tortillas at home, and the best part is, you only need two ingredients!


Makes approximately 15 tortillas

2 cups masa flour

1 ½ cups very warm water

For an authentic feel, use a basket and cloth to cover your steaming hot tortillas.

  1. Mix water and flour together. 

  2. Knead dough with your hands until softened. 

  3. Keep an extra bowl of water nearby to wet your hands before rolling out the dough, so it doesn’t stick.  

  4. Pinch off the dough, and form it into balls (about the size of a large golf ball). 

  5. Press between your palms in a circular motion to flatten. You can also use two plates or a tortilla press if available. You want your dough to be as thin as possible without breaking.

  6. Lay the tortilla down flat on a high-heat griddle for about 30 seconds on each side. The tortilla should be lightly toasted, with little air pockets forming. 

  7. After the tortilla is cooked on both sides, move it directly to a bowl or basket. Keep it wrapped in a towel until you’re ready to eat. It’s very important to keep the tortillas hot! The flavor of the tortillas changes if left to sit out at room temperature. 

That’s all there is to it! Congratulations on making your very own homemade tortillas. Try pairing them with frijoles (beans), queso (cheese), or carne asada (grilled meat). If you have any tortillas leftover, quickly throw them on the grill for some delicious, crispy, tostadas to enjoy tomorrow! Remember to tag us @mohhaiti on social media when you make yours! smug