Masa Harina Masa for Tamales

Masa Harina Masa for Tamales
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Recipe for Masa Harina Masa for Tamales. Here is a great basic tamale masa recipe made with dried masa harina flour found in most supermarkets.


  • 7 cups chicken, meat or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups lard, butter, margarine, shortening, olive or corn oil, or any combination of these
  • 1 -2 tablespoons salt
  • 12 cups dry masa harina flour


  1. Makes About 15 Cups -- Enough for 2 Dozen Tamales
  2. Heat the stock until it is warm.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour with stock. Beat on medium speed for a minute or two until well combined. If your dough seems dry, don't be afraid to add additional stock. At this point your dough should resemble a thick pudding.
  4. If you're using oil, drizzle in oil while mixing and Beat the masa for about 10 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  5. If you are using butter, margarine, lard or shortening as your fat, remove the masa mixture from bowl and set aside. Beat the solid fats on high speed for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the masa mixture to the whipped fat a cup at a time until it is all incorporated. Continue to Beat for about 5-8 minutes or until the dough is a soft paste consistency.