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How to make Tlacoyos

Tlacoyos are thick corn dough tortillas in an oval or rhomboid shape, usually filled with beans, pork cracklings, or fava/broad beans. They are served topped with salsa and nopales, cheese, and cilantro. As a common dish in the central states of the country, Tlacoyos are often sold for breakfast.
Course Antojitos
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 163kcal


  • 1-½ cups of masa harina corn flour for tortillas
  • 1-½ cups of warm water*
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 piece of plastic to form the tlacoyos
  • ¾ cups of mashed black beans
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or lard
  • 1 cup of green or red salsa.
  • ½ cup Cotija Cheese or Mexican crumbled cheese
  • ½ cup white onion finely chopped


  • First, mix the cornflour with the water and salt in a medium bowl. Mix well to form a smooth dough. Knead it for a few minutes until it feels soft. Divide the dough into 6 pieces and cover with a wet cloth/napkin. Heat a griddle/comal over medium heat.
  • Grab one of the dough pieces and roll between your hands. Place on the sheet of plastic and pat with your hands to form a thick circle.
  • Spoon about 1-½ tablespoons of the bean paste in the center of the circle. Do not add more beans than needed, as they might leak if you add too much.
  • Fold the circle to seal the edges, forming a half moon/empanada shape. Then, with your two hands, hold the Tlacoyo and gently press the ends to form the pointy tips on each side. Place back on the plastic and pat with your fingers to flatten the Tlacoyo.
  • Place the Tlacoyo in the already hot griddle/comal and cook each side for about 2-3 minutes, depending on the thickness. You can add the oil or lard at this time, or warm the oil/lard in a separate skillet and then slightly fry the Tlacoyos afterward. It will take about 1-2 minutes to fry each side of the Tlacoyos. Some people deep fry them, but in this case, we’re just giving them a slight pan frying.
  • To serve, top with nopales salad, salsa, crumbled cheese, and chopped onion.


  • *Have a small bowl of extra water available to moisten your hands and the dough while working with it. If the dough feels dry, add more water, a tablespoon at the time.
  • * The method I am using to shape the Tlacoyos is a little different than the way they are usually made but is easier this way for everyone to enjoy them at home.


Serving: 1Tlacoyo | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2.5mg