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Recipes With Masa Harina

recipes with masa harina

As a professional writer, I always love exploring new ingredients and experimenting with different recipes. One ingredient that has piqued my interest lately is masa harina. This versatile ingredient is a type of corn flour commonly used in Mexican cuisine. It's made by drying and grinding corn kernels, and it has a distinct flavor and texture that can add depth and complexity to a wide range of dishes.

Masa Harina Tortillas

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish
  • Recipe Cuisine: Mexican
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.5/5


  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the masa harina and salt. Gradually add the warm water, stirring until a smooth dough forms.
  2. Divide the dough into 16 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  3. Heat a griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Place one ball of dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper and use a rolling pin to flatten it into a thin, round tortilla.
  5. Carefully peel the tortilla off the plastic wrap and place it on the hot griddle or skillet.
  6. Cook for 30-60 seconds on each side, or until lightly browned and cooked through.
  7. Repeat with the remaining balls of dough.

Nutrition Information

Total Fat1g
Total Carbohydrate14g
Dietary Fiber2g

Recipes FAQ

  • What is masa harina? Masa harina is a type of corn flour made from dried and ground corn kernels. It is commonly used in Mexican cuisine to make tortillas, tamales, and other dishes.
  • Is masa harina gluten-free? Yes, masa harina is naturally gluten-free because it is made from corn.
  • Can I substitute regular cornmeal for masa harina? No, masa harina and cornmeal are not interchangeable because they have different textures and flavors.
  • Can I make masa harina from scratch? No, masa harina is a specialty ingredient that requires specialized equipment to make.
  • Where can I buy masa harina? Masa harina is available at most grocery stores and specialty food stores.
  • How long does masa harina last? Masa harina should be stored in a cool, dry place and can last for up to six months.

Recipes Tips

If you're new to using masa harina, here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Use warm water when mixing the masa harina to help activate the starches and create a smooth, pliable dough.

2. Don't overwork the dough when rolling out the tortillas or tamales, or they may become tough and chewy.

3. Experiment with different fillings and seasonings to create your own unique variations on classic Mexican dishes.