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Basic Masa Dough

Basic Masa Dough

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2008

  • Yield: 26 servings (serving size: about 3 tablespoons)


  • 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 ancho chiles
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
  • 3 3/4 cups masa harina
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup chilled lard


1. Combine chicken broth and ancho chiles in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 2 minutes or until chiles are tender; cool slightly, Combine broth mixture and corn in a blender; process until smooth.

2. Lightly spoon masa harina into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine masa harina, salt, and baking powder, stirring well with a whisk. Cut in lard with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add broth mixture to masa mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 97
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Protein: 2.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 16.2g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Cholesterol: 1.9mg
  • Iron: 0.8mg
  • Sodium: 233mg
  • Calcium: 51mg

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