This post post was written in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Maseca. All opinions are our own.
It’s amazing how a smell can bring back so many memories. The minute a bag of Maseca makes it’s way into my home my mind starts thinking of what to make. It definitely inspires me to cook a traditional meal that I usually only enjoy when I travel to Guatemala or El Salvador. I recently had the opportunity to try Maseca’s new Centroamerica flour mix. I decided to make a traditional pot of beans with bolitas de masa (dough balls). The moment I poured water and salt into the Maseca mix my mind began to travel back to the vacations in Central America that I took with my family as a child. The smell of fresh masa being kneaded by one of my aunts is forever engraved into my memory and immediately makes my mouth water. All I wanted to do was find a comal, flatten out the dough ball, and enjoy a fresh tortilla. However, I waited for my pot of beans with bolitas de masa to cook.
The end result tastes like beans with a fresh tortilla in a bowl. You can serve it with your favorite toppings like Salvadorian sour cream and fresh cilantro criollo.
- 2 cups of black or pinto beans
- 1/4 cup of diced onion
- 3 cloves of garlic (whole)
- 1 chile (of choice)
- ½ gallon of water
- 1 cup of Maseca flour
- 1tbs of olive oil
- ¼ tbs of salt
- ¾ cup of water
- Sour cream (I used Salvadorean sour cream)
- Cilantro (I used cilantro criollo)
- Rinse 2 cups of back beans.
- In a large pot combine 1/2 gallon of water, beans, and 3 cloves of peeled garlic. Bring to a boil.
- Let the beans boil for about 45 minutes. Cooking times may vary.
- After 45 add onion, whole chile, and about 15 dough balls to your pot of beans. Cook for an additional 15 minutes.
- When your beans are fully cooked serve with fresh cilantro and sour cream.
Note: The beans and dough balls will absorb the water quickly. If beans look too dry add 1 cup of water.
For Dough Balls
- Combine Maseca flour , olive oil, salt and water into a small mixing bowl. Knead until smooth.
- Form small dough balls about the size of bouncy ball. Makes about 30.
For more delicious recipes made with Maseca visit the Maseca website.