2cupsBob's Red Mill Masa Harina or Golden Corn Flour
1/2 cupgreen bell pepper, chopped
4vegetable bouillon cubes
1/2cupvegetable or canola oil
1pinchsalt, to taste
125oz cankidney beans
1Tbspgreen bell pepper, chopped
2vegetable bouillon cubes
1/4cupvegetable or canola oil
1/2 lbcheese, cut into 1/2" wide strips
1banana leaf, cut into 15 9"x9" pieces
tin foil, cut into 15 9"x9" pieces
Prepare masa by roughly chopping onion, green bell pepper, and cilantro and adding to blender with vegetable bouillon cubes, water, and masa harina. Blend to mix. Add salt to taste.
Add vegetable oil to pan and heat on medium-high. When warm, add masa from blender. Using a wooden spoon, continuously stir dough mixture over high heat until liquid boils off and mixture becomes solid, roughly 7–10 minutes. When masa is complete, remove from pan and add to a bowl.
To make filling, blend chopped onion, green bell pepper, and beans, along with half the liquid from can, into blender and pulse to mix. Add bouillon cubes and pulse again.
Add ¼ cup of vegetable oil to pan on medium heat and add bean filling mixture from blender along with 1 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil and cook until liquid is gone, about 15 minutes. Stir regularly, every few minutes, to keep from sticking and burning. When complete, remove filling and place in a second bowl.
Remove stem from banana leaf. Cut leaf into approximately 15 9x9 inch pieces. Once cut, place each banana leaf part onto a piece of tin foil.
Place ¼ cup of masa onto each banana leaf and flatten with wooden spoon, then add 2 Tbsp of bean mixture and 1 strip of cheese to each.
Fold each banana leaf and foil in half. Using your hands, pull mixture back towards you into the fold, then roll tamale shut. Fold ends of masa in, keeping the fold towards the top.
Put any extra banana leaf pieces on bottom of a pot and then place all tamales into pot, folded side down. Cover tamales with water. Cover pot and cook on medium heat for roughly 20 minutes.
When done, remove tamales from pot, remove from foil and plate. Serve with salsa and curtido.