Fresh Tortillas (Masa Fresca)

Makes 1 pound masa (10 small tortillas)
INGREDIENTS
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup masa harina
¾ cups very hot water
DIRECTIONS
Mix the salt and the masa harina together and then add the hot water a little bit at a time, until the mixture resembles a course meal. Mix it together and form dough. Turn dough onto a clean dusted [...]

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Guatamalan Red Chili Pork Chuchitos (Tamales)

Makes 20 tamales
INGREDIENTS
For the red chili pork
2 cups water
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 red chile, torn into pieces
1 medium yellow onion, chopped medium
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted
1 pound pork butt
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh bay leaf
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
For the [...]

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Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups pork stock, reserved from [...]

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Paches de Guatemala (Guatemala Potato Tamales)

Makes 8 tamales
INGREDIENTS
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup water
Salt
6 tablespoons lard or margarine
1 pound potatoes, cooked and mashed
2 cups masa harina
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon achiote powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water
Corn [...]

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