When you finish reading this article, you will know how to make the most delicious, authentic Mexican Tamales, which will make you very popular. 
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Mexican Tamales

Learn how to make authentic Mexican Tamales that everyone will love. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword mexican food, tamales
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 15 Tamales
Calories 276kcal
Author Charbel Barker

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 Russet Potato Diced
  • 2 Carrots Diced
  • 2 Chicken Breasts Cooked and Shredded
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 Onion julienned
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Masa

  • 2.5 cups Masa for Tamales
  • 1.25 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 8 oz pork lard
  • 1 tbsp baking powder

Guajillo Salsa

  • 6 Guajillo Peppers deveined, deseeded, boiled, and cleaned
  • 2 Pasilla Peppers deveined, deseeded, boiled, and cleaned
  • 1/4 Onion roasted
  • 3 cloves Garlic roasted
  • 1/4 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Start by soaking the corn husks in lukewarm water so that they get softer. Once soft, strain the water and set the husks aside.
  • Fill the bottom part of the steamer with water and a little bit of salt, making sure that it doesn't reach the space where the tamales will be placed. 

Masa

  • Add all of the dry ingredients, including the lard, to a large bowl and mix well.
    When you finish reading this article, you will know how to make the most delicious, authentic Mexican Tamales, which will make you very popular. 
  • Start adding the chicken broth a little at a time while stirring until a soft, malleable dough is formed
    When you finish reading this article, you will know how to make the most delicious, authentic Mexican Tamales, which will make you very popular. 

Filling

  • Sautee the onion and chicken with the spices and olive oil, set aside. 
    When you finish reading this article, you will know how to make the most delicious, authentic Mexican Tamales, which will make you very popular. 
  • Add the carrots to boiling water for 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and let everything boil together for an additional 10 minutes. The potatoes and carrots should still be pretty firm. 
  • Transfer the carrots and potatoes to a frying pan and cook with salt and pepper over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Set aside, 
    When you finish reading this article, you will know how to make the most delicious, authentic Mexican Tamales, which will make you very popular. 

Guajillo Salsa

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend well. If it is still a little bit thick, strain the mixture and only use the strained liquid. 

Making and cooking the Tamales

  • Take two of the corn husks and overlap one on top of the other, leaving the end separated (see image)
    When you finish reading this article, you will know how to make the most delicious, authentic Mexican Tamales, which will make you very popular. 
  • Add 1/4 cup of the maza on top of the husks, then top with the chicken filling, the vegetables, and guajillo salsa. 
  • Fold over like a gift, putting the seam down. 
  • Add to the steamer, and cook for 1 - 1.5 hours. 
    When you finish reading this article, you will know how to make the most delicious, authentic Mexican Tamales, which will make you very popular. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tamal | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2115IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2.2mg