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How to make taco shells? The secret on how to make taco dough

Tacos are one of the most popular dishes in Mexican cuisine, so making the right corn tortilla is essential if you want to enjoy this dish. 

For tacos, a white corn flour tortilla is used, while for other dishes such as burritos, fajitas or quesadillas, a wheat flour tortilla is used.

At Birra’s Taquerias we are fascinated by Mexican gastronomy, and that is why we want to show you how to make tortillas for tacos, one of the most famous dishes in Mexican gastronomy.

At Birra’s Taquerias we love to teach the most popular recipes of Mexican cuisine such as tacos or margarita


For 12 units you will need:

  • Instant nixtamalised corn flour for tortillas: 175 grams
  • Salt
  • Water: 265 grams

How to make corn tortillas for tacos?

how to make taco dough

To begin with, put the flour in a bowl and then mix it with the salt. 

Once everything is mixed, add the water little by little while stirring with your fingers. 

It is important that the dough is slightly soft and can keep its shape. The dough can be checked for correctness by rolling it into small balls while pressing with a finger.

It is best to cook the taco tortillas on a comal, but if you don’t have one, you can use a frying pan or a griddle. 

The oil in the frying pan should be hot when the tortillas are introduced, and the heat should be high, although it can be regulated as the tortillas are being made, to prevent them from burning.

Before placing the taco tortillas in the chosen cooking utensil, the dough should be divided into small balls of the desired size. 

For example, if you want to make a small tortilla, the ball should be the size of a plum.

Once you have your balls, flatten them with a press or tortilla press, but if you don’t have one, place the ball between two pieces of cling film and flatten it with a heavy object, such as an oven tray. 

The most important thing is that the taco tortillas are a few millimetres in size and as thin as possible.

The balls can also be rolled out with a rolling pin, although they can be rolled out evenly. When the tortilla is the desired size, place it on the comal or frying pan with the oil very hot.

Mexican tacos have a wide variety of ingredients. You can use pork, add other vegetables, beans, rice, etc. They can also be made vegetarian, with sautéed vegetables, or use fish.

So if you want to enjoy Mexican tacos, you already know how to make the tortilla, you just need to add your favourite ingredients.

Remember! At Taqueria de Birra we are experts in tacos and Mexican food since 1989, so if you want to taste tacos in the purest Mexican style, we invite you to order to take away or come and try them at C/ Don Pedro, 11 or at Plaza de las Comendadoras, 2.

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