Lard (or shortening) Masa harina (for tamales) Salt Baking powder Hot water (or chicken broth)
Start by whipping the vegetable shortening. You can also use pork lard.
Notice how there are no spices mentioned in the recipe. This is a basic recipe.
Add some of the dry mixture to the whipped shortening, little by little, on low speed. Think cookie dough.
Add water (or chicken broth) and the masa harina mixture, little by little. Take turns adding the water and masa harina mixture until it forms a soft consistency.
Take a dollop of masa and drop it in a cup of water. If the masa floats, it’s ready!! If it doesn’t float, beat it some more. There’s NO such thing as over-mixing here.
Invite friends to help. You’re going to LOVE this masa for tamales recipe. From my family to yours.