Large “Pinched” Tortillas


Preparation info
  • Makes


    ( 6 inch ) pellizcadas
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Zarela's Veracruz: Mexico's Simplest Cuisine

By Zarela Martínez

Published 2001

  • About

Pellizcadas are one of many changes that Veracruzan cooks ring on the theme of a fresh corn tortilla formed into an unusual shape and spread or filled with something flavorful. They are large tortillas, sometimes up to 8 inches across on their home ground of the Tuxtlas region, with a curious textured surface that is produced by pinching up tiny folds of the exposed side while the tortilla is still hot and pliant from the griddle. (The effect reminds me of wave crests in paintings of the se