Monday 8th October 2012

by Linda Vasquez

Tortillas a mano

When I was growing up, I remember always having tortillas available at home gatherings, parties and always at home. My grandma always said, “Mija, siempre tiene que aver tortillas con la comida (Honey, there always has to be tortillas with your meal).”  But see she grew up in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and in her hometown they don’t buy tortillas from the market, they make them homemade.

You’d be surprised to know that tortillas are much better when you make them yourself and you probably are thinking, “Make homemade tortillas? No way! That’s way too hard and takes too much time.” Actually, it only takes 5 minutes and they are perfect to show off your latin kitchen skills at your next hosted dinner party. So, I figured why not share this simple recipe with you and get you one step closer to Guatemala. Here it is:



  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups corn flour (I used Maseca, found in ‘Mexican’ aisle at Wal-Mart)
  • 1 tbsp. Knorr’s chicken bouillon
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


  1. In a medium bowl, mix in corn flour, chicken bouillon and water.
  2. With your hands blend the mixture until a dough-like substance is formed.
  3. Form small balls of dough and set aside.
  4. Grab one dough-ball and place on palm of your hand. Flatten the ball by using your other hand and rotating the dough to form a thin disc. Repeat this until all dough-balls are complete.
  5. In a small pan on low-medium heat, put olive oil. Begin by placing 1 disc in the oil once hot. Let brown and turn over. Remove from heat when both sides are golden brown. Repeat until all tortillas are complete.
  6. Enjoy your homemade tortillas!


Did you try this recipe? Let me know how it went and comment below! Got pictures? Send those too!

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