Production of tortillas from nixtamalized corn flour enriched with Andean crops flours: Faba-bean (Vicia faba) and white-bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)

  • Diego Salazar G+ Biofood and Engineering research group, Technical University of Ambato (UTA), Av. Los Chasquis y Río Payamino, 180206 Ambato, Ecuador. ; Veterinary Faculty, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, 28040, Spain.
  • Mayra Rodas Technical University of Ambato (UTA), Av. Los Chasquis y Río Payamino, 180206 Ambato, Ecuador.
  • Mirari Arancibia Technical University of Ambato (UTA), Av. Los Chasquis y Río Payamino, 180206 Ambato, Ecuador.


This study aims to produce corn nixtamalized tortillas enriched with faba-bean (25%, 50%, 75% w/w) and white-bean (25%, 50%, 75% w/w) flours. Faba-bean and white-bean are Andean crops (AC) rich in protein, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and gluten-free. Tortillas were characterized in terms of proximal, physicochemical, sensorial, microbiological, and texture properties. Proximal composition shows that corn flour has 14.5 % less protein, 0.83 % less ash, and 1.39 % fatter than faba-bean flour, while in white-bean flour, the fiber content is three times higher. Moisture content was less than 14 %, which guarantees the control shelf-life; gluten content was approximately 5 ppm. Granulometry properties showed that flours have coarser than finesse particles, water absorption capacity showed a range of 60 to 80 g of water for 100 g of flour. In nixtamalized tortillas, high protein content was observed in samples with 25 % of corn and 75 % of two different Andean crops. Enriched tortillas showed lower lipid content, higher dietary fiber, and higher ash content than the control sample. The sensorial analysis showed that the best formulation based on overall acceptability was 25% (w/w) of corn flour and 75% of white-bean flour. The oil content showed that the samples absorbed about 8% of oil during the toasted. The hardness parameter showed that the sample CPB2575: Corn flour (25%) + White-bean flour (75%); was harder than the control. The microbiological evaluation established that the tortillas comply with the normative what indicates the absence of harmful microorganisms to public health. Color parameters showed that samples tend to lightness with a tendency to reddish color in enriched tortillas while in control are greenish. Andean crop flours are one alternative to increase the nutritional value of corn tortillas with acceptable sensorial characteristics.


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Salazar, D., M. Rodas, and M. Arancibia. “Production of Tortillas from Nixtamalized Corn Flour Enriched With Andean Crops Flours: Faba-Bean (Vicia Faba) and White-Bean (Phaseolus Vulgaris)”. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, Vol. 32, no. 10, Nov. 2020, pp. 731-8, doi: Accessed 23 May 2022.
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