Masa Balls in a Black Bean Soup (Mexican corn Dumplings)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and the recipe are 100% mine
Masa balls and black bean soup corn dumplings

My mom used to make this soup for us growing up, and I remember checking my siblings’ bowls, just to make sure they didn't get more of the masa balls in the soup (Mexican corn dumplings) than I did. I enjoyed having them so much in my soup that I always asked for more. The masa balls are also known as "Chochoyotes, Jarochos in the State of Veracruz and Joroches in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is an easy soup with few ingredients that can be prepared in minutes. This is a nourishing, delicious and comforting meal than can be enjoyed all year long. 

This dish is very economic, and it will cost you just a few dollars to prepare it. I know many families struggle to achieve their American Dream. Yes, I am talking about the dream of owning a home, sending our kids to college, achieving financial freedom. That dream is not easy nowadays; I know it because we as a family had been going through very rough times for the last 18 months. You try to cut ends in every possible way just to get by. Food is our body nourishment, and if you are trying to save money for those rainy days, or for the home of your dreams, do not spare in real food for your family, there are many other ways to save and still have a good wholesome meal like this soup. 

I’m happy, that SunTrust Bank is sponsoring this recipe today, because it is a bank that wants to help people like you and me achieve our most cherished dreams and have many sunny days in our lives. If you would like to learn more about the financial tools and resources that SunTrust has for you, you can visit them here

And now our recipe:

Masa balls and black bean soup corn dumplings


  • 3 cups cooked black beans and is broth
  • 1 tablespoon vegetal oil or lard
  • 3 tablespoons white onion, finely chopped

  • ¾ cup corn flour (the one sold for tortillas)
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons of warm water
  • 1/2 cup pork cracklings (about 1 oz)*
  • 1 small epazote branch if available
  • Salt to season

  • Crumble queso fresco and a salsa of your choice.
  • Pork Cracklings optional

Masa balls and black bean soup corn dumplings


If you don't want to add the pork crackling to the dumplings, you can make them just with the plain masa corn dough.  Other dumpling additions are chopped green onions, epazote, cilantro and cheese. 

Masa balls and black bean soup corn dumplings

1. Heat the oil or lard in casserole over a medium heat, add the chopped onion and fry until the edges become golden brown. 

2. Add the beans with its broth, turn the heat up to bring it to a boil, then turn heat down to a gently simmer. This step will take about 5 minutes. While the beans are warming up, start making the dumplings. 

3. Place corn flour, pork cracklings, salt and warm water in a bowl and mix well. Gentle knead the dough until it is very soft and smooth. 

Masa balls and black bean soup corn dumplings

4. To form the dumplings divide the dough in 16 small balls, pressing your thumb in the center of each ball. This will form a little well, like a belly button in the center of the dumpling. 

5. Add the dumplings to the simmer beans, the epazote branch (if using), and season with salt and keep simmering. Soup is ready as soon as dumplings float on the surface. Serve warm and enjoy!



Masa balls and black bean soup corn dumplings
Have you tried corn masa dumplings before?

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  1. YES YES YES... I knew there had to be a masa equivalent to a Jewish matzo ball soup! Thank you!
    I found your site a couple of weeks ago have you bookmarked to check each day....thank you

    1. Hello Rebecca,

      I hope you enjoy the mexican version.

  2. Would the pork crackling be uncooked or cooked?

    1. Hello Aaron,

      They had to be cooked, you can buy a small bag of the ones sold at any supermarket in the chips section.

  3. Looks delicious! Need to make this ASAP!

  4. Is it the masa you can get already mixed or mix yourself into dough, or is it corn flour that is simply corn meal ground finer into a smooth flour?

    I am eager to try these; I knew there had to be some kind of Mexican dumplings!

    1. Hello,If you live in an area where fresh corn masa is available you that one, if not use masa harina. Masa harina is a fine corn flour to make corn tortillas.


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