Cornmeal Tamales Recipes

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I had been looking for a Tamale recipe for years. One day I went to the international market and stood in the Mexican aisle till a woman with a full cart came by. I just asked her if she knew how to make Tamales. This is her recipe with a few additions from me. The pork can be substituted with either chicken or beef. This is great served with refried beans and a salad.

Provided by SADDIECAT

Categories     World Cuisine Recipes     Latin American     Mexican

Time 3h35m

Yield 16

Number Of Ingredients 13

1 ¼ pounds pork loin
1 large onion, halved
1 clove garlic
4 dried California chile pods
2 cups water
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 cups masa harina
1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
⅔ 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 chile pods. Place chiles 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 chile 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.
  • Remove tamales from husks and drizzle remaining chile sauce over. Top with sour cream. For a creamy sauce, mix sour cream into the chile sauce.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 235.9 calories, Carbohydrate 12.6 g, Cholesterol 36.8 mg, Fat 16.6 g, Fiber 2.1 g, Protein 9.1 g, SaturatedFat 6.9 g, Sodium 401.4 mg, Sugar 0.4 g


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Provided by Alton Brown

Time 5h45m

Yield 4 to 5 dozen tamales

Number Of Ingredients 20

1/4 cup chili powder
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon freshly toasted and ground cumin seed
2 pounds Boston butt meat, untrimmed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
4 to 5 dozen dried corn husks
2 pounds yellow cornmeal, approximately 6 cups
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
7 1/2 ounces lard, approximately 1 cup
3 to 4 cups reserved cooking liquid


  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, kosher salt, paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and cumin. Divide the mixture in half and reserve 1 half for later use.
  • Cut the Boston butt into 6 even pieces and place into a 6 to 8-quart saucepan. Add half of the spice mixture and enough water, 3 to 3 1/2 quarts, to completely cover the meat. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the meat is very tender and falling apart, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the meat from the cooking liquid to a cutting board. Leave the cooking liquid in the pot. Both meat and liquid need to cool slightly before making dough and handling. Remove any large pieces of fat and shred the meat into small pieces, pulling apart with your hands or using 2 forks.
  • Place a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat and add the vegetable oil. Once shimmering, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are semi-translucent, approximately 3 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeno, and remaining half of the spice mixture and continue to cook for another minute. Add the meat and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • While the meat is cooking, place the husks in a large bowl or container and submerge completely in hot water. Soak the husks until they are soft and pliable, at least 45 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  • For the dough:
  • Place the cornmeal, salt, and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and combine. Add the lard and using your hands, knead together until the lard is well incorporated into the dry mixture. Gradually add enough of the reserved cooking liquid, 3 to 4 cups to create a dough that is like thick mashed potatoes. The dough should be moist but not wet. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and set aside until ready to use.
  • To assemble the tamales:
  • Remove a corn husks from the water and pat dry to remove excess water. Working in batches of 6, lay the husks on a towel and spread about 2 tablespoons of the dough in an even layer across the wide end of the husk to within 1/2-inch of the edges. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture in a line down the center of the dough. Roll the husk so the dough surrounds the meat, then fold the bottom under to finish creating the tamale. Repeat until all husks, dough and filling are used. Tie the tamales, around the center, individually or in groups of 3, with kitchen twine.
  • To cook the tamales:
  • Stand the tamales upright on their folded ends, tightly packed together, in the same saucepan used to cook the meat. Add the reserved broth from making the dough and any additional water so the liquid comes to 1-inch below the tops of the tamales. Try not to pour the broth directly into the tops of the tamales. Cover, place over high heat and bring to a boil, approximately 12 minutes. Remove the lid, reduce the heat to low, to maintain a low simmer, and cook until the dough is firm and pulls away easily from the husk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Serve the tamales warm. For a 'wet' hot tamale, serve with additional simmering liquid. Store leftover tamales, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, in the freezer, for up to a month. To reheat, remove the plastic wrap and steam until heated through.;


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These take a bit of time to roll, but the end result is well worth the effort. My Maw maw-in-law taught me how to make hot tamales with this recipe (she learned how to make them from a friend in Texas.) You can adjust the spices to your tastes- my husband loves it when you use tablespoons instead of teaspoons, but I find it too hot. You can also use all beef instead of that 1 lb of pork, if you prefer. Tamale wrappers are available in specialty stores, or online, although some grocery stores carry them. You will need 80-100 6-inch paper tamale wrappers, which are not listed in the ingredients as they aren't food. This recipe makes a lot by design, and they freeze wonderfully. I took pictures of the steps involved in rolling the tamales and posted them on my blog in case my directions aren't clear:

Provided by Random Rachel

Categories     Meat

Time 3h30m

Yield 75 tamales, 25 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 15

1 lb ground pork
3 lbs ground beef
2 onions
2 (10 ounce) cans rotel (diced tomatoes in green chilies)
1 cup cornmeal (for filling)
2 cups cornmeal (for rolling)
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 bell pepper
4 stalks celery
4 garlic cloves (or 1/4 cup minced garlic)
8 (7 ounce) cans tomato sauce
5 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 cup salt (to taste)
1/2 cup oil (for the sauce)
1/4 cup chili powder (for the sauce)


  • Run onions, celery, garlic, and bell pepper through your food processor until they are finely minced.
  • In a very large bowl, combine ground meat, minced veggies, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix together thoroughly using your hands. Add in the rotel, 1 cup of corn meal, and 1 can of tomato sauce; mix again. (You need to mix the wet ingredients in separately from the spices so that the spices don't all clump together in one spot.)
  • Lay out your papers beside two baking sheets or trays. Add 1 cup of cornmeal to one baking sheet, to roll the tamales in (the other one is to stack completed tamales on.)
  • Pinch off some of the meat mixture, and form into a ping pong sized ball. Roll it in the cornmeal, coating it as thick as you can. Place in the center of a tamale paper on one side, and roll. The ball should squish into a log, leaving an inch of the wrapper empty on either end. Press down the top of both empty ends, and fold the two sides of the ends in before folding them under the tamale.
  • Repeat with the remainder of the meat mixture. After a few, you get the feel of how much meat it will take to fill the wrapper up enough. We got 75 tamales out of one batch, it depends on how big you make them.
  • In a large dutch oven, pour in the 1/2 cup oil and 1 can tomato sauce. Cover with a layer of tamales, then a can of sauce, and a sprinkle of chili powder, repeating until you run out of tamales. Fill the pan with water until the tamales are just covered.
  • Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer 2 - 2 1/2 hours till done, adding water if necessary.


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Provided by Robb Walsh

Categories     Beef     Tomato     Steam     Cinco de Mayo     Meat     Cornmeal

Number Of Ingredients 14

3 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
1/4 cup chili powder
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
Two 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
36 pieces parchment or wax paper cut into 5-inch squares
For dredging:
4 cups yellow cornmeal mixed with 2 teaspoons salt


  • Combine the ground beef, seasonings, yellow cornmeal, and tomato sauce in a large bowl and mix well. Make 36 balls of approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture, or 1 1/2 ounces per ball. Roll each ball into a cigar shape about 5 inches long. Fill a 9 by 12-inch casserole or cake pan with the dredging mixture. Dredge the individual meat "cigars" in the cornmeal until well coated. Place each cornmeal-coated "cigar" in a piece of paper and roll up the paper around the filling. In a large steamer pot, lay two layers of tamales and steam for 1 hour, covered. Serve hot.
  • Variation - Mississippi Corn Bread Tamales:
  • Add 1/2 cup water and a teaspoon of salt to 10 cups corn bread crumbs and work into a paste. Cover the meat "cigars" with the paste individually instead of dredging. Proceed as directed


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Provided by Marcela Valladolid

Time 1h50m

Yield 20 tamales

Number Of Ingredients 8

7 cups fresh corn kernels, from 7 ears
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup harina de maiz (dried corn flour) *
20 dried corn husks, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes*


  • Working in batches, add the corn kernels to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until pale. Add the egg, salt, and baking powder. Mix to incorporate. Add the flour and pureed corn and mix until blended and forms a loose smooth dough.
  • Put a corn husk lengthwise in front of you with the wide side closest to you. Spread 3 tablespoons of the dough all over the bottom half (wide side) of the corn husk, leaving about a 1-inch-wide border on the left and right sides. Pick up the 2 long sides of the corn husk and bring them together. Roll both sides of the corn husks in the same direction over the filling.
  • Repeat with remaining corn husks and dough. Arrange the tamales, seam side down, in a steamer and add 1/2-inch of water. Cover with a tight fitting lid, bring to a simmer and steam for 1 hour, adding additional water, as needed to maintain 1/2-inch of water in the pan. Remove the tamales from the steamer to a serving platter and serve.

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Top Asked Questions

How to make tamales with corn?
Soak the corn husks in hot water until supple, 20 – 30 minutes. Step 2: Combine the cornmeal, masa and salt in a large mixing bowl. Use your fingers to work the lard into the cornmeal until the mixture is coarse and pebbly. Stir in the hot broth. Step 3: To stuff the tamales, drain 1 corn husk at a time and shake off excess water.
How to make richrich pork and cornmeal tamales?
Rich Pork And Cornmeal Tamales Recipe. Soak the corn husks in hot water until supple, 20 - 30 minutes. Step 2: Combine the cornmeal, masa and salt in a large mixing bowl. Use your fingers to work the lard into the cornmeal until the mixture is coarse and pebbly. Stir in the hot broth. Step 3: To stuff the tamales,...
Is this an authentic Mexican tamale?
Well, of course this isn't like an "authentic". Mexican tamale. It's a cornmeal tamale and, as such, is very good. You can find cornmeal tamales all over the place: Mississippi, Texas, Chicago, etc. They're a different take on tamales and good in their own right. Don't make this recipe expecting Mexican-style tamales.
How to cook tamales in a Dutch oven?
In a large dutch oven, pour in the 1/2 cup oil and 1 can tomato sauce. Cover with a layer of tamales, then a can of sauce, and a sprinkle of chili powder, repeating until you run out of tamales. Fill the pan with water until the tamales are just covered.

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