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Corn Tortillas Made With Fat

Corn tortillas are traditionally made without fat, but what happens if you add some in?  Do they taste better?  Let's find out!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 (12-16 tortillas)
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Mexican Please


  • 2 cups Masa Harina
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 cups warm water


  • Add 2 cups Masa Harina, 2 tablespoons lard, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a mixing bowl.  Add 1 cup of the warm water and stir until the water is absorbed.  Add the rest of the water incrementally until the flour melds into a dough.  Use your hands to knead the dough into a cohesive ball.
  • Separate the dough into golf ball sized chunks -- this will make tortillas approximately 4 inches across. Flatten the dough balls using a flat bottomed pan or a tortilla press. Be sure to line each side of the dough ball with plastic or Ziploc pieces
  • Heat a skillet or comal to medium-high heat.  Add a tortilla to the skillet and flip it after 10 seconds. Then cook each side for about a minute or until light brown spots are forming on the underside. (Lately I use a tad over medium heat on my stove and this will have brown spots forming in about 60 seconds.)
  • Continue cooking the rest of the tortillas. I usually put one in the skillet and flatten the next one to expedite the process. Once cooked you can keep them warm by wrapping them in a tea towel or using a dedicated tortilla warmer. Serve immediately.
  • Store leftovers tortillas in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, cook them in a dry skillet over medium heat until warm and crispy.


Sometimes it can take some fiddling to get the consistency of the dough right.  If it's sticking to your hands simply add a few sprinklings of Masa Harina to dry it out. Conversely, if the dough is still crumbly then you can add splashes of water until it becomes cohesive.
See Homemade Corn Tortillas for additional step-by-step photos. 


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 297IU | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4mg