Do not despair, where there is a will there is a way and we have a way. These days, Mexican cuisine has grown in popularity, so you should be able to find most ingredients such as corn husk leaves on most large supermarkets such as Ralphs, Albertsons, etc. Additionally, you can buy a lot of these ingredients on amazon or from our e-store.
The one ingredient which most of these places for certain will not carry is fresh unprepared masa, however, there is a way to make tamales using corn flour such as Maseca.
The most popular tamales in the USA are indeed the tamales made by our next door neighbors. Mexican tamales are quite popular and most Americans have only had this type of tamal. Truth be told, tamales are popular in pretty much every latin american country. They go by different names such as bollos, humitas and quimbolitos.
To get a good masa, you will need some type of fat added to the mix, otherwise your masa will be very dry. Traditional tamales tend to use lard as a fat because it is very affordable. Most of our recipes however, replace the lard for butter. Because butter is not 100% fat, we can aerate it, which will give your masa a fluffier texture while preserving moisture.
Masa fresca can be purchased at most Mexican markets. If there are no Mexican markets nearby, you can use corn flour such as Maseca’s Corn Flour or Maseca’s Masa Mix for Tamales. We have an awesome instant masa recipe in the works. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when we publish that recipe.