Masa Dumplings

Masa Harina and Tortilla Press
Fuse / Getty Images
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8-12 dumplings (4 to 6 servings)
Ratings (6)

These Masa Dumplings use the ground corn usually used to make tortillas to create dumplings that are perfect for adding to soups or stews that have chiles in them.

Note: The typo that led to the results cited in the bad review has been corrected!

What You'll Need

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted, or lard, or vegetable oil)
  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk

How to Make It

  1. For ultra-light dumplings, separate the eggs. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs yolks (or whole eggs if you don't feel like separating them) and the melted butter or oil. Stir in the masa. Sprinkle the mixture with the baking powder and stir it in to combine everything thoroughly. Add the buttermilk and stir to combine.
  2. In a large bowl, use a large whisk to beat the egg whites until they're fluffy and hold soft peaks (see How to Whip Egg Whites here). Fold them into the dough.
  1. Scoop out the batter by tablespoonfuls and roll each portion quickly and lightly into a ball.
  2. Add the dumplings to steadily simmering soup or a pot of simmering salted water (for serving in stew or chili). Cover and cook without lifting the lid for 10 minutes.
  3. Serve soup or stew, with a dumpling or two in each bowl.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 102
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 71 mg
Sodium 143 mg
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)