How to Make Humitas

Humitas are a typical dish that come from various Latin American countries[1]. This corn-based recipe makes the most of its main ingredient, even using the cornhusks, and it's a great way to develop your culinary talent. In the following article, we'll show you how to make humitas that will surely wow your taste buds.


  • 5 ears of corn
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 1 finely chopped red pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cheese (optional)
  • 1 pinch spicy paprika
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (if you're making sweet humitas)
  • 10 cornhusks (the leaves that surround the ear of corn)


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    Make a corn puree. Peel the corn and set the cornhusks aside. Cut off the kernels and use them to make a puree.
    • You can use a grater to grate the corn by hand and thus make a puree.
    • Or you can put the kernels in a food processor and allow this device to turn them into a puree.
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    Season the puree. Put the mashed kernels in a bowl and add milk, basil, paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir the mixture for a few seconds until all of the ingredients are evenly mixed.
    • If you want to make sweet humitas, leave out the salt and add sugar in its place. Since the corn is already somewhat sweet, you don't need to add too much sugar to sweeten the mixture.
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    Sauté the rest of the ingredients[2]. In an oiled pan, sauté the onion and pepper. Once the onion becomes translucent, add the diced tomato and cook over low heat.
    • This mixture should be dry, so cook it over low heat until the juices have evaporated.
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    Prepare the humita filling. Add the sautéed ingredients to the corn puree. Stir well in order to create a creamy and uniform filling.
    • If you want to use cheese in your humitas, this is the time to add it to the mixture.
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    Fill the cornhusks. Place one husk on top of another, forming an X. In the center, place one and a half tablespoons of the filling.
    • Close the husks by making a small, firm packet so that the filling will not come out.
    • Tie the packet with the ends of the husks or with string.
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    Cook the humitas. In a pot, heat enough water to cook all of the humitas. Once the water has boiled, lower the heat and add the humitas one by one. Cook them for approximately 45 minutes.
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    Serve. When they are done cooking, remove the humitas and place them in a strainer. Let them rest for 5 minutes.
    • The humitas should be served warm, but not too hot, because your guests could burn themselves when opening the packet.


  • The humita filling is delicious and can be used in a number of ways. For example, you can use it in empanadas, cannelloni, or even tarts.
  • You can give your humitas a special touch by adding different ingredients such as butter, green pepper, goat cheese, or anise. The only essential ingredients are corn, basil, and onion.

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