Corn stew

Mazamorra (at right, in Chile) is a type of corn stew. The version in the image is prepared with maize and beans

Corn stew is a stew prepared with corn (maize) as a primary ingredient. Many variations exist in ingredient usage and in methods of preparation. Corn stew is a dish in several cuisines of the world. Mazamorra is an historically old corn stew dish in South America that is prepared using simple ingredients, and is a dish in several other cuisines.


Corn is a main ingredient in corn stew. Many variations of corn stew exist. A simple corn stew version consists of corn stewed with milk, butter, flour and salt.[1] Additional ingredients used in corn soups include potato, beans, hominy, creamed corn, carrot, celery, tomato, onion, scallions, garlic, various stocks, butter, salt and pepper[2][3][4] among others. Meats such as chicken, fish, shrimp, sausage and bacon are sometimes included as an ingredient.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Some corn stews are prepared using a roux, which creates a thicker consistency and texture.[8] Canned or frozen corn and other canned foods such as tomato are sometimes used to prepare corn stew.[4][8] The flavor of corn stew may improve after a day[8] or more, because aging allows the flavors to intermingle and coalesce with one-another. Corn stews generally have a thicker consistency compared to corn soups.

In cuisines

Corn stew is a dish several cuisines, including the cuisine of the Southern United States, Cajun cuisine, Native American cuisine, such as among the Hopi tribe, and South American cuisine,[8][11][12][13] among others.


The dish mazamorra is a historically old corn stew dish among the indigenous peoples in South America that is simple to prepare, consisting primarily of dried cracked corn and water.[12] The kernels are typically pounded to break them down into smaller pieces.[12] Depending upon the region, white or yellow corn may be used.[12] The term "mazamorra" itself originates from native peoples in South America.[14] Mazamorra and variations of the dish is a part of the cuisine of Brazil,[12] Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela,[12] and in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. In South American cuisine, mazamorra morada is a sweet version of the dish prepared using blue corn and berries.[14]

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