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Honduran recipe to prepare Montucas

Honduran recipe to prepare Montucas

A typical dish of Honduran cuisine similar to nacatamal but prepared with tender corn, chicken, beef or pork.


  • 50 sweet corn
  • 8 sweet chili peppers
  • 3 hot chili peppers
  • 1 large white onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pound lard
  • 2 pounds pork chop
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 2 ounces toasted squash seed
  • ¼ pound pork rinds
  • ¼ pound olives
  • ¼ pound seedless raisins
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Pepper to taste


Prepare in advance

  1. The pork is left from the day before marinated and cut into pieces, with sweet chili and salt.
  2. The rice is put in water long enough to soften it.
  3. Cut the potatoes into small pieces and place them in water and salt.
  4. Raisins are put in drinking water to hydrate.

Prepare the white mass of the Montucas

  1. The corn is de-used and the cobs are split (let them come out whole). Save the cobs because they will be used to wrap the Montucas themselves.
  2. The corn is scraped and ground, 3/4 pound of melted lard, salt and sugar are added to taste. If it is too hard, it is softened with pot broth or water.
  3. This dough is put to cook, stirring it constantly so that it does not stick.

Prepare the message of the Montucas

  1. The pork rinds are finely ground together with the sweet and hot chili peppers, the onion, the 5 cloves of garlic and the toasted squash seeds. 
  2. Put a little butter on the fire, in which this is fried, which has already been seasoned with salt and pepper. 
  3. The achiote and a little white mass are added.
  4. This combination is fried until thickened.
  5.  If it is too hard, add hot water.

How the Montucas are wrapped

  1. The Montucas are wrapped in the same corn cobs by placing 1 tablespoon of white masa, with a little errand, a piece of pork, a little rice, an olive, raisins and pieces of raw potato. 
  2. Then it is folded and tied.
  3. Beforehand you must have a pot with boiling water, where the Montucas are placed in the order that you deem appropriate.
  4. The cooking time of the Montucas is 3 hours.