Anyone have a good tamale recipe?


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Joined Oct 7, 2001
Here is the recipe I use for making tamales:

1 1/4 c. masa harina
1 1/4 c. hot water
10 Tb. lard (or veg. shortening)
1 1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1/4. c. chilled chicken stock (or other stock or water)

1. Put masa in a mixer with paddle attachement. Slowly add water until a soft dough forms. Mix for 5 minutes more.
2. Allow dough to chill and rest for 1 hour in a fridge.
3. Put back in mixer and mix on high and mix for 5 minutes.
4. Add the lard 2 Tb. at a time until all is in corporated. Mix for 5 minutes longer, until light and fluffy.
5. Mix together the salt, baking powder, and stock. Add to masa and mix for 5 minutes more.

That is the basic tamale dough. Fill with whatever ingredients you desire and steam for about 30-45 minutes depending on the size of your tamales. I usually use corn husks for wrapping tamales, but if you dont have any or need to save time you can wrap them in plastic wrap.
Joined Mar 13, 2001
You might want to check "In Julia's Kitchen" Cookbook - Zarela Martinez - has a great one. She's the author of "Food from my Heart: Cuisines from Mexico Remembered and Reimagined".

I also like Rick Bayless "Mexican Kitchen".


[ March 22, 2001: Message edited by: pooh ]

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