CFCA serves more than 17,000 sponsored children and elderly in Honduras. Our staff members there sent us this beautiful recipe for ticucos!
This recipe serves approximately 6 people.
- 2 lbs. corn flour or “masa”*
- 1 lb. cooked, small white or red beans (frijoles*)
- 1/2 lb. cooked kidney beans (habichuelas*)
- About 2 cups vegetable oil
- Salt to taste
- Dry bouillon or seasoning to taste
- Dry leaves to wrap the corn dough (corn leaves or “hojas de tuzas”), or aluminum foil
- 1/2 cup of finely chopped chipilin* leaves or cilantro
- A large cooking pot
*These items are available in a Hispanic grocery store.
In a bowl, combine the oil, salt, bouillon or seasoning and flour until the dough is soft and uniform in texture. Then add the beans and dried chipilin or cilantro and mix together well.
Have the leaves ready. Drop a small quantity of the dough in a leaf, leaving enough room to be able to wrap the leaf around it. Then, fold over the leaf and tie the ends together with string or another piece of leaf. Or wrap the balls of dough in aluminum foil.
Cook ticucos in boiling water over low heat for one hour.
Serve ticucos with homemade tomato sauce or, if you prefer, with cream or butter.