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DietitianInTraining 12-01-2007 01:07 PM

Masa Harina... can't find it anywhere.
Hey everyone!

This is my very first post on here! (Well, second if you count my introduction post..)

I have a problem.. I have this recipe for Chicken Enchilada Soup. I've really been wanting to make it, but it calls for a cup of "Masa Harina"... I have looked everywhere, and can't find it anywhere. And to be honest, i'm not even sure what it is. So i tried to make the soup without it. It wasn't bad... but i wonder if it would have been better with that ingredient. Is there something i can use in it's place? We live in a small town, which dosn't have a Wal*Mart. We have two local grocery stores, which both have said they've never heard of it. I will try to check Wal*Mart the next time i'm there, if there's nothing i could use to substitute it with.

Thanks so much! :chef:

Barb L. 12-01-2007 01:30 PM

I have never used this, but maybe corn flour would work, or order over the net.
You will get more answers , hang in there. Good luck !

auntdot 12-01-2007 01:35 PM

Good grief. Have lived in small towns for forty years and always can find masa harina.

But you can order it on the web, just Google a bit.

Andy M. 12-01-2007 01:48 PM

Masa harina is just very finely ground corn meal. (It's corn meal if it's coarsely ground and masa harina if it's fine). It may be in the Hispanic foods section of the grocery. If you have a hHispanic gricery store, they would surely have it.

Uncle Bob 12-01-2007 02:06 PM

masa; masa harina Definition in the Food Dictionary at Epicurious.com

You can probably find Masa Harina (flour) in Wally World. I buy it there in 5 lb bags, and use it mostly as a thickener in Chili....It has a unique flavor that I know of no substitution for! It keeps well in the freezer!


GB 12-01-2007 02:06 PM

Post the recipe. We may be able to find a substitute. I was looking for it years ago and had to go to about 10 stores before I could find it.

DietitianInTraining 12-01-2007 02:32 PM

I will check Wal*Mart, they probably will have it..

Here's the recipe:

1 T. vegetable oil
1 lb. chicken breast fillets
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 pt. chicke broth
1 Cup masa harina
1 -1/2 pits water
1 cup red enchilada suce
1 lb. velveeta
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin

Garnish Ideas:
Sour cream
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Corn Tortilla chips, crumbled
Green onions, sliced

I hate it when i try a new recipe, and i ask my husband what he thought of it, and he says ".. It was Okay" :mad:

That was his response with this recipe, (minus the masa harina, obviously)

Aera 12-01-2007 02:40 PM

Is this it? I have ordered other items from this place before and they have been very good. It's known as Masa de maz.

Tortillas - Maseca Corn Flour Masa Mix for Tortillas 4.4 lbs.

DietitianInTraining 12-01-2007 02:48 PM

:mad:.. If that's it, then the teenage boy who told me they didn't have it is in big trouble!! lol, i did see that at one of our local stores... Is that it?

Aera 12-01-2007 02:58 PM

LOL on the teenage boy, I guess if the name isn't exact he's gonna say no. But this might not be it, Lets see what the pros on here have to say about it. But based on description it sounds like it could be right.

GB 12-01-2007 03:01 PM

Yep that is it.

Uncle Bob 12-01-2007 03:04 PM


Originally Posted by Aera (Post 515291)
Is this it? I have ordered other items from this place before and they have been very good. It's known as Masa de maz.

Tortillas - Maseca Corn Flour Masa Mix for Tortillas 4.4 lbs.

That is the product and brand I use!

Aera 12-01-2007 03:10 PM

That's great then! Uh oh, that teenage boy is in trouble! lol

Callisto in NC 12-01-2007 04:48 PM


Originally Posted by Uncle Bob (Post 515299)
That is the product and brand I use!

Me too. It makes great tamales too.

Katie H 12-01-2007 05:03 PM

Same brand here, too.

DietitianInTraining 12-01-2007 05:10 PM

Awesome, thanks you guys.

Aurora 12-01-2007 10:57 PM

Masa is usually not found in the baking section of the market with most flours and sugars. It can be most often found in the ethnic foods section with other "Mexican" type foods. Perhaps you are just looking in the wrong section of the market.

GB 12-01-2007 10:59 PM

Around here (where they do carry it) it is with the regular flour, not the ethnic section.

bigjimbray 12-02-2007 12:50 AM

where abouts do you live. here in california it`s everywhere the flour, cornmeal, baking
powder,and yeast is stocked. it is like a fine corn flour, you can make tamales out of it.
also you can get masa for tamales at certain bakeries at this time of year already mixed
up for people who are going to make tamales.

Uncle Bob 12-02-2007 01:40 AM

Grocery retailers are sometimes hard to understand in their merchandising strategies. Some will main stream an item, in this case Masa Harina, and display it in the "baking" section along with other baking items. Others will choose to incorperate it into an ethnic specialty (Hispanic) section in the store. Both approaches work, depending on the market they are operating in. Then there are exceptions to every rule. One thing is for certain, you will find the product on the baking aisle or in an Hispanic (ethnic) section of the store....If they carry the product at all.

jennyema 12-02-2007 04:56 PM


Originally Posted by GB (Post 515492)
Around here (where they do carry it) it is with the regular flour, not the ethnic section.

In the Stop and Shop I go to they have it with the Hispanic foods, not the flour. But the Stop and Shop is always crazily re-organizing, so who knows where it is now.

beginner_chef: I would not sub something else in that recipe.

Katie H 12-02-2007 05:04 PM

All our area markets keep it with the Hispanic food items.

Callisto in NC 12-02-2007 06:46 PM

I noticed in our store it's in three places. There's this section next to produce that has it, there's this section that isn't the "hispanic" section that has the salsa and stuff but has the packaged spices, Goya products, and what not that has it, and then it's in the flour section so a total of three sections have the Mesa flour.

DietitianInTraining 12-02-2007 07:21 PM

Alright, i found it!

Thanks so much everyone! I can't wait to try the soup again! :chef:

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