Recipe Of The Day – Real Homemade Tamales

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Homemade tamales are a traditional Mexican dish that is famous for not only its versatility but delicious flavours. Here is how you can make your very own authentic homemade tamales.

A Tamale is a Mexican dish made with a corn dough and can be filled with your choice of meats, beans and cheeses. There are many different ways to make tamales in your own way, with out without meat.

No country has as much diversity as Mexico. From the music to the food, there is culture everywhere. Homemade tamales are no different. There is anywhere from 500 to 5,000 variations of tamales throughout the entire country!

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Cooking Tamales | Jacob Thomas

Create your own homemade tamales with this recipe

This recipe requires times, it’s important to plan ahead!

Prep time: 35-45 minutes

Cook time: 3.5 – 4 hours


Tamale Filling:

  • 1 1/4 pounds pork loin 1 large onion, halved 1 clove garlic
  • 4 dried California chile pods 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt

Tamale Dough:

  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup lard
  • 1 (8 ounce) package dried corn husks
  • 1 cup sour cream


Place pork into a Dutch oven with onion and garlic, and add water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the meat is cooked through, about 2  hours.

Use rubber gloves to remove stems and seeds from the chilli pods. Place chilli’s in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, then remove from heat to cool. Transfer the chiles and water to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture, stir in salt, and set aside. Shred the cooked meat and mix in one cup of the chilli sauce.

Soak the corn husks in a bowl of warm water. In a large bowl, beat the lard with a tablespoon of the broth until fluffy. Combine the masa harina, baking powder and salt; stir into the lard mixture, adding more broth as necessary to form a spongy dough.

Spread the dough out over the corn husks to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Place one tablespoon of the meat filling into the center. Fold the sides of the husks in toward the center and place in a steamer. Steam for 1 hour

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Authentic Tamales | Tai’s Captures

There you have it, this is an intermediate recipe and does require some time. However, these delicious homemade tamales are the perfect addition to a family or friends get together. Get creative with different meats and cheeses. Let us know how you like this recipe!

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