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Mexican Tamales Recipe

Mexican Tamales Recipe

Serve this family favorite for all occasions: a quick dinner, brown-bag lunch, hearty snack or even a fun appetizer. —Marie Macy, Fort Collins, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + soaking Cook: 45 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package corn husks
  • 3 cups masa harina flour
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup lard or shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground pork or beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water


  • 1. Immerse husks in water; cover. Soak overnight.
  • 2. Mix flour and water to form dough; cover. Let stand 30 minutes. In a large bowl, beat lard and salt until mixture resembles beaten egg whites (about 6 minutes). Add dough 2 tablespoons at a time, beating constantly.
  • 3. In a large skillet, cook pork, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add next 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 25 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • 4. Pat husks dry with paper towels and spread about 2 tablespoons dough (1/8- to 1/16-in. thick) on each, leaving 1-in. border. Top with 1 tablespoon filling. Roll. Tie in center.
  • 5. Place upright, folded end down, in Dutch oven with steam rack or oven-proof inverted plate on bottom. Add chicken broth or water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 45 minutes, adding more liquid as needed. When done, husk should peel back easily from dough. Yield: about 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

3 tamales: 380 calories, 28g fat (9g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 308mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 12g protein.

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cookingirl78 User ID: 2185950 8724
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010 Edited Apr. 4, 2017

"Do Mexican tamale recipes usually have almonds and apples in them?"

xskeetshooter User ID: 4406952 67798
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010 Edited Apr. 4, 2017

"what do you mean .what are you seeing something i aint"

carolbeth User ID: 2679239 11551
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2008 Edited Apr. 4, 2017

"I was able to find all at my local walmart"

skrappysenior User ID: 2158668 41247
Reviewed May. 3, 2008 Edited Apr. 4, 2017

"I have actually found both the husks and the masa in my local grocers (big ones) - they are cheaper at a mexican market - sasha"

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