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Course: Appetizers
Keyword: Appetizers, Fried, Gluten-Free, Masa Tot, Snacks, Vegetarian

Masa Tots

ACTIVE TIME: 45 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 47 minutes
Yield: 36 tots
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 10 ounces (20 whole) 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapenos
  • 2 quarts peanut oil

Specialized Hardware

Food processor
5-quart Dutch oven
Candy/fry thermometer
ACTIVE TIME: 45 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 47 minutes
Yield: 36 tots


  • Tear the tortillas into small pieces and place in a food processor. Add the milk, egg, salt, and pepper. Process until a chunky paste forms and you are able to squeeze a ball together in your hand, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the onions and jalapenos. Set aside.
  • Place the oil in a 5-quart Dutch oven fitted with a deep-fry thermometer set over medium heat and heat to 365 to 375ºF.
  • Roll the dough into 1- to 1 1/2-inch balls, or scoop with a 2-teaspoon ice cream scoop. Fry 6 to 8 at a time in the oil until crisp and golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack set over a paper towel-lined half-sheet pan and allow to cool 2 minutes before serving.
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