Corn flour or masa harina Baking powder Salt Vegetable broth or water Olive oil
Every tamale masa recipe begins with masa harina. I've consistently used Maseca.
To achieve larger and fluffier tamales, make sure to use baking powder when preparing the masa and salt.
Combine the dry ingredients in the KitchenAid mixer, a bowl for a hand mixer, or you can even tackle this manually. Begin adding the water gradually; add it bit by bit.
Make this tamale masa recipe with olive oil. Feel free to experiment with canola oil or grapeseed oil, and some have even tried coconut oil.
Notice how smooth the texture is? Think the opposite of crunchy peanut butter. To achieve a creamier masa, simply add more water.
Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Keep in mind the tamalero's mantra: "Leave no masa behind."
Having your freshly made masa ready, gather your pre-soaked corn husks and spread it evenly.
Fill them with your preferred stuffing, steam for the usual duration and enjoy!