Learn how to make traditional Mexican Tamales with our step-by-step recipe. This guide will walk you through the process of making the perfect masa dough and filling it with your favorite ingredients.
Tamales are a staple in Mexican cuisine and are enjoyed year-round, but they are especially popular during the holidays. Making tamales can seem intimidating, but with the right recipe and a little patience, you can have perfectly steamed and stuffed tamales in no time.
- 2 cups masa harina
- 1/2 cup lard or vegetable shortening
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups chicken or beef broth
- 2 cups filling of your choice (shredded chicken, beef, cheese, vegetables, etc.)
- Corn husks
- Soak the corn husks in warm water for at least 30 minutes to soften.
- In a large bowl, mix together the masa harina, lard or vegetable shortening, baking powder, and salt.
- Slowly add in the broth and mix until the dough comes together and is smooth.
- Spread a spoonful of the masa mixture onto each corn husk, leaving a 1-inch border at the top and bottom.
- Place a spoonful of your desired filling in the center of the masa mixture.
- Roll the corn husk up tightly, tucking in the sides as you go.
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients until you have made all of your tamales.
- Fill a large pot with a steaming basket and enough water to reach just below the bottom of the basket.
- Arrange the tamales upright in the basket, making sure they are not touching each other.
- Cover the pot with a lid and steam the tamales for 30-40 minutes, or until the masa is cooked through.
Tips and Tricks:
- To test if the masa is cooked through, insert a toothpick into the center of a tamale. If it comes out clean, the tamale is fully cooked.
- To ensure that the tamales don’t stick to the husks, make sure to soak the husks for long enough and use enough masa mixture.
- You can use different types of fillings to suit your tastes, such as cheese and chilies, shredded beef, or even sweet fillings like fruit and cinnamon.
Tamales are a traditional and delicious dish that can bring a taste of Mexico to your kitchen. Whether you’re serving them as a main course or as an appetizer, your guests are sure to love them. With this recipe and a little practice, you’ll be making tamales like a pro in no time!
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