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Tlacoyos topped with cactus salad on a decorative Mexican plate and cilantro.
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Tlacoyos are oval-shaped corn masa creations stuffed with refried beans. Delicious Mexican street food that's completely VEGAN and gluten free. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy! .
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time24 mins
Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 131kcal



  • In a large bowl, combine the masa harina and the salt. 
  • Add the warm water. 
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients with the water until it forms a large masa dough. 
  • It will look like wet sand. 
  • With wet hands, make a ball of dough. About the size of a tennis ball. 
  • Pat out the dough. It should cover your hand and look like a thick tortilla. 
  • Add 1 tablespoon of refried beans to the center of the masa in your hand. 
  • Fold over the ends to seal up the masa. It will look like a taco or empanada.  
  • Be careful not to squeeze or push out any beans. 
  • Slowly start to flatten the masa out until it resembles a long, pointy football. 
  • Heat the griddle or skillet. 
  • Place the tlacoyos on the griddle. 
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes per side. 
  • Remove from the griddle and place on a plate.
  • Add desired toppings. 
  • Serve with salsa. 
  • Enjoy! 



If distracted, cover the masa with a kitchen towel. You don’t want to dry out the masa. 
Swap out: Use blue corn masa harina instead of yellow or white corn masa harina. 
Swap out: Use black refried beans instead of refried pinto beans. 


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg