Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  60
  • Protein  1 g
  • Carbohydrates  12 g
  • Fat  1 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  68 mg
  • Potassium  42 mg
  • Phosphorus  32 mg
  • Calcium  20 mg
  • Fiber  1.3 g

Corn Tortillas

DaVita dietitians, Kara and Maria from Arizona, have put together a regional menu of favorite foods from the Southwest. Here's the recipe for Corn Tortillas that is recommended for the dialysis diet.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Maria from Arizona.

Portions: 16     Serving size: 1 tortilla


  • 2 cups masa
  • 9 ounces water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  1. Mix masa, water and salt in a bowl.
  2. Turn mixture onto a board and knead until a soft dough forms, adding more water as needed. 
  3. Divide dough into 16 pieces, each about 1/2" wide and 1/2" thick. Place each piece of dough between two pieces of plastic to prevent sticking, and then flatten into a 5"-diameter tortilla using a rolling pin or a tortilla press. 
  4. Lightly oil a very hot griddle and place one tortilla on it. Cook for about 30 seconds, then turn the tortilla and cook for another 30 seconds before removing from griddle. (It should be soft and easy to fold.) Repeat for each remaining tortilla.   

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Use a spatula to pick up the tortilla so you don’t get burned.
  • Masa is corn flour made from ground hominy. It is used to make tortillas and tamales.
  • Prepare enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas, or eat 1 to 2 tortillas with a meal.

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Corn Tortillas

felicitas says:


I do not understand, you give recipes containing phosphorus like this, I know my husband can not eat corn tortillas so why you have these kind of food? Moderator comment: The recipe ingredients make a difference. Commercially prepared corn tortillas vary from 44 to 80 mg phosphorus each. In this recipe phosphorus is 32 mg--comparable to a slice of white bread. How many tortillas are eaten is an important consideration. These days most commercially prepared flour tortillas are made with baking power which boosts phosphorus and sodium, making corn tortillas a better choice. Homemade with a kidney-friendly recipe is always best!

Nov. 19, 2011, 3:00 PM - Inappropriate review?

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