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Tamale Dough

Prep Time:30 Minutes
Cook Time:0 Minutes

Nutritional Information

This is a classic recipe for tamale dough.


  • 3 cups masa harina
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • 1. In a mixing bowl combine masa and warm water or broth until combined. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes or so to let the masa soften. Then mix it on low speed until a dough forms.
  • 2. After the Masa Harina is prepared, gradually add in the salt, cumin, baking powder and onion powder by sprinkling them over the dough as you mix it.
  • 3. In a separate bowl, whip lard or shortening about three minutes or until fluffy. Add the lard to the dough a little at a time while mixing until well combined.
  • 4. The mixture should be about the consistency of peanut butter. If not, add more masa harina, water or broth as necessary.
  • 5. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

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