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Huaraches are tasty oval-shaped corn masa cakes. They are made with only two ingredients: masa harina and water. Top them with meat, veggies, and drizzle with your favorite salsa. A Mexican treat that can’t be beat!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12
Calories: 52kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups masa harina
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (or as much needed to form the dough)
  • 1/2 tspn salt (optional)


  • Using a large bowl, combine the masa harina, water, and salt (if using).
  • Be sure to only use the water necessary to form a small ball of dough.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel.
  • Let the masa rest for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the griddle (or heavy skillet) to medium heat. 
  • The griddle should be hot and ready for when the huaraches are formed.
  • Open the tortilla press and add two pieces of wax paper.  
  • You can also use a cut up large gallon-size plastic bag.  
  • Uncover the masa and knead lightly for 2 minutes.
  • Form a small ball from the dough, about the size of a golf ball. 
  • Roll into the shape of a cigar.
  • Place the cigar in between the wax paper sheets.
  • Press down on the tortilla press until the dough is flat.
  • Carefully open the tortilla press and remove the oval shaped masa dough with your hand.
  • Place the dough on the hot griddle.
  • Cook for 1 minutes on each side.
  • The dough will begin to rise once it is flipped.
  • Remove from the griddle and repeat until there's no more masa.
  • Keep the huaraches warm by covering them with a kitchen towel.
  • Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!


NO TORTILLA PRESS? NO PROBLEMO! Use a pie plate, casserole dish, even skillet. Anything heavy that will press down the corn dough.
Cover the dough with a kitchen towel. This will prevent it from drying out. 
Do not discard the wax paper. It can be reused several times.


Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg