Corn Tortillas

The Surprising Science Behind Tortillas

An ancient technique produces modern delicacies.

We love nothing more than a great taco here at Cook’s Science. So, we got to wondering—what does it take to make amazing tortillas at home? Our search led us to the ancient chemical process known as nixtamalization. We uncovered the science and show you how you can impress your friends on taco night, right in your own kitchen.

Watch the video above! Then, check out our recipe for homemade corn tortillas and read the full scoop on nixtamalization.


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