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Authentic Tamales Recipe

Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish made of masa (dough) and various fillings, wrapped in a corn husk and steamed to perfection. This recipe will guide you through the process of making delicious and authentic tamales that will impress your family and friends.


- 2 cups masa harina (corn flour)

- 1 ¼ cups chicken or vegetable broth (warm)

- 1 cup lard or vegetable shortening

- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

- 1 teaspoon salt

- 24 dried corn husks (soaked in warm water until pliable)

- Filling of your choice (e.g., shredded chicken, pork, cheese, or vegetables)

- Salsa or hot sauce (optional, for serving)


1. Soak the corn husks:

- Place the dried corn husks in a large bowl or sink.

- Fill with warm water and let them soak for about 30 minutes until they become pliable.

- Place a heavy object on top of them to keep them submerged.

2. Prepare the masa:

- In a mixing bowl, combine the masa harina, baking powder, and salt.

- In a separate bowl, beat the lard or vegetable shortening until fluffy.

- Gradually add the masa mixture, alternating with the warm broth, until a smooth dough forms.

- The dough should be moist but not sticky. Adjust the consistency by adding more broth or masa harina if needed.

3. Assemble the tamales:

- Take a soaked corn husk and pat it dry with a kitchen towel.

- Spread about 2 tablespoons of masa dough onto the corn husk, leaving a border around the edges.

- Place a spoonful of your desired filling in the center of the masa.

- Carefully fold the two long sides of the corn husk toward the center, overlapping them slightly.

- Fold the narrow end of the husk over the tamale, and tuck in the other end to secure it.

- Repeat this process until all the masa and filling are used.

4. Steam the tamales:

- In a large steamer pot, add water and bring it to a gentle boil.

- Arrange the tamales upright in the steamer basket, open side up.

- If the pot is not large enough, you can stack another steamer basket on top, making sure the tamales are not crowded.

- Cover the tamales with a clean cloth or additional soaked corn husks.

- Steam the tamales for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, checking occasionally to ensure the water does not evaporate completely.

- The tamales are ready when the masa easily separates from the husk.

5. Serving:

- Let the tamales cool slightly before serving.

- Gently unwrap the corn husks and discard them.

- Serve the tamales hot, with your favorite salsa or hot sauce on the side.

- Enjoy the authentic flavors of this traditional Mexican dish!


Now that you have mastered the art of making authentic tamales, you can enjoy this delicious and versatile dish whenever you desire. Get creative with your fillings and share the joy of tamales with your loved ones.

We kindly ask for your participation in sharing your experience and providing any comments, opinions, or suggestions after trying this recipe. Your valuable feedback would be highly appreciated.


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