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Chochoyotes Recipe

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(Mexican Masa Dumplings) "The combination of corn masa, salt and spices harkens back to Aztec times. This recipe is a great one to make with kids, since forming the dumplings is just like rolling Play-Doh. Use them in moles, in most any hot soup, broth or as you would use noodles." From Pati's Mexican Table. These are vegan if you use a suitable oil in place of the lard/manteca.

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Yield about 10 dumplings
10 Min
15 Min
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1 c
instant corn masa flour (masa harina)
3/4 c
lukewarm water
1 1/2 Tbsp
lard/manteca or oil (can sub grape seed, coconut, etc.)
1/4 tsp
ground cinnamon
1 tsp
kosher salt or similar coarse salt
1/2 tsp

How to Make Chochoyotes


  • 1In a large mixing bowl, mix the masa with the warm water, then KNEAD for approximately 1 minute, until dough is smooth and no lumps.
  • 2Stir in the lard, cinnamon, salt and sugar; mix for another minute until well incorporated and smooth.
  • 3Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, then with your little finger make a dimple in the middle of each dumpling. Keep the dumplings covered until ready to cook (they dry out quickly so be sure to cover them well!)

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About Chochoyotes

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Mexican
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian

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