What he^^^ said. I am fortunate that I can also get tamale masa that is freshly made locally, which is great. But Maseca is excellent. You can use lard, softened, and it makes a tasty tamale mix, but, it is 2 cups of lard you are adding.
Oh, and let's not forget if you can get some sweet corn, making sweet corn and herb tamales, maybe with some cheese in the middle, is excellent eating also.
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
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