Add the masa harina and salt to a mixing bowl and combine. Then, pour in approximately 1 ½ cups of warm water to start and mix together using your hands.
Knead the dough to form a ball that's sticky enough to stay together, but not coming off on your hands. Add more flour or water to achieve a texture similar to play-dough. Keep the dough covered with a tea towel.
Break off pieces of masa to form small balls (about 55 grams each). Roll each piece of dough in between your palms until smooth.
If you have a tortilla press, cut a zip lock bag into 2 pieces that will fit in the press. Open the press and place a ball of dough in the center on a piece of plastic. Place the other plastic piece on top and close the press down to form tortillas about 4-5 inches in diameter.
If you don't have a tortilla press, place your ball of dough between the same 2 pieces of plastic on your counter. Press the dough down with the bottom of a baking dish or flat plate.
Preheat a cast-iron skillet or comal up to medium. Gently add a tortilla to the hot pan and cook on the first side for 10-15 seconds. Flip and cook for another 60-90 seconds, then flip once more until the tortilla puffs up slightly.
Remove from heat and keep warm in a towel or tortilla warmer while you continue cooking the rest.
Pull a little dough from the inner portion of the cooked tortillas to form a small ridge around the outside. Pinch around the middle portion as well to form little “craters” (similar to an English muffin).
Spread a little coconut oil, vegetable shortening, or vegan butter on each tortilla followed by a layer of refried black beans. Cook them in a dry skillet for another 2-4 minutes, or until the bottoms are crispy.
Top each memela with any of the following: salsa roja, salsa verde, pico de gallo, salsa taquera, queso fresco, diced white onion, guacamole, etc. Happy eating!
Calories are for 1 memela with ~½ teaspoon coconut oil and ~2 tablespoons of refried beans on top.
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