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Honduran Tamales

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Sara Blackwood

"My fiance is Honduran and no Christmas is complete without tamales. These aren't your regular Mexican tamales, there's more to 'em."
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2 h 38 m servings 552 cals
Original recipe yields 30 servings (30 tamales)

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  1. Pour about 3/4 the masa harina into a large pot. Add water in batches, mixing until a moderately thin batter forms.
  2. Combine tomato, green bell pepper, onion, cilantro, cumin, and bouillon in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into the large pot with the batter and season with salt. Pour about 5 cups of this combined mixture into a smaller pot; add tomato paste and stir until it is an even red color.
  3. Pour 2 cups oil into the large pot of batter; pour remaining 1 cup oil into the smaller pot of red batter. Bring both pots to a boil, stirring continuously to prevent burning. Cook until flavors set, 3 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat.
  4. Cut banana leaves into 12x15-inch rectangles. Spoon 1 cup regular batter and 1/4 cup red batter into the center of each leaf. Add small amounts of pork, potatoes, rice, and peas. Fold leaf over the filling several times; fold sides in. Wrap twine around tamale to hold in place.
  5. Place tamales in a large pot; cover halfway with water. Cover and cook over medium heat until filling has thickened, about 1 hour.


  • Cook's Note:
  • After 1 hour of cooking, remove a tamale, let cool for 5 minutes, and unroll onto a plate to see if it has thickened. If the tamale is still a little runny, return it to the pot and continue cooking them all for 20 to 30 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 552 calories; 26.5 g fat; 59 g carbohydrates; 21.5 g protein; 39 mg cholesterol; 191 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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