Similar to sopes or huaraches, memelas are grilled thin masa cakes topped with beans, salsa, cabbage, guacamole and cheese. The toppings vary from recipe to recipe and its a good recipe to improvise using your favorites or whatever you have on hand.  You can make the little masa cakes ahead of time and reheat them when you're ready to serve them.
Recipe By: Gourmet Magazine, 2001
  • Prep30 min |
  • Total45 min |
  • Serves16 Memelas



Prepare Sauce
Broil the tomatoes and green chile(s) about 2-3" from the coils, on both sides. Peel tomatoes and chiles, core tomatoes, puree with onion in food processor with a little salt.

Heat oil in frying pan over medium high heat, pour in sauce, a little first, then the rest, heat bubbling until it thickens 2-5 minutes. Add the cilantro.

Mix 1/2 tsp salt, 2 cups masa harina and 1 1/3 cups of water with a wooden spoon Turn into a nice dough.

Divide into 16 pieces

Heat frying pan over medium high heat

Roll out memelas to about 3" x 4" between sheets or parchment, wax paper or plastic.

Fry 3-4 at a time until lightly golden on each side the, if possible, shape them into little dishes with raised edges.

Sprinkle cheese (queso fresco or panela cheese on each memela, spoon on sauce, heat them in a 350F oven for 2-3 minutes.

Read About Mexican Cheeses

If you don't know queso fresco from queso Oaxaca then learn all about Mexican Cheese here.

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