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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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