I wasn’t counting on spending my Sunday making tamales, but I’m glad I did.
I know some of you were interested in making them, so here’s my family’s basic masa recipe:
5 cups masa harina
2 tbsp kosher salt
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cumin
5 cups warm water
3/4 cup vegetable shortening, melted
8 oz. salsa verde (like La Victoria)
Whisk together dry ingredients in large bowl
Stir salsa verde into water, slowly add to dry mix (for best results use the whisk attachment of a stand or hand mixer)
Slowly mix in melted shortening, until well blended, and let masa rest for at least 15 minutes.
Once you’ve given it a chance to rest, the masa should be ready for spreading.