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  • 6 cups - masa harina
  • 5 cups - warm water
  • 2 cups - lard
  • 2 teaspoons - salt
  • - Cumin, onion powder, chile powder, optional
  • Directions:

    In a large bow, mix the masa harina with the water. Allow to sit for 20 minutes, then beat with an electric mixer until a dough forms.

    Add salt and desired spices. In a separate bowl, whip the lard until fluffy.

    Add the lard to the dough, combine well, and use immediately or refrigerate up to 24 hours.

    Sweet Variation: To make dessert tamales, replace the salt in the recipe with cinnamon and sugar; then add condensed milk instead of lard. Fill the dough with roasted pecans, golden raisins, and cajeta (caramel), or other dessert filling.

    Brief Description

    Basic masa recipe that also includes a variation for sweet dessert tamales.

    Main Ingredient:

    masa harina

    Category:  Main Dish

    Cuisine:  Mexican

    Prep Time: 40 min


    From Larry Delgado in Texas Highways magazine.


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    Posted On:

    December 5, 2017

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