Corn tortillas have three main ingredients: corn, water, and calcium hydroxide (sometimes called cal or lime). Today, there are many people working to restore access to traditional foods like corn and quality tortillas. Several years ago a company called Tortilleria Nixtamal opened in Queens, making masa—and warm stacks of tortillas—from good corn without any preservatives. Making tortillas begins with making masa. But making really good tortillas doesn’t have to feel like a daunting task.
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