Homemade tamales with homemade tortillas. Top with sour cream.

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Ingredients

25
Original recipe yields 25 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add beef, green chiles, hot sauce, salt, 3 cloves garlic, onion, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until beef is thoroughly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and reserve the drippings.

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  • Combine reserved drippings, masa, lard, and baking powder in a large bowl. Mix well. Add up to 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until mixture is as thick as biscuit dough. Divide into 50 equal balls. Place dough balls between 2 cutting boards each lined with a sheet of waxed paper; flatten into circles.

  • Place each dough circle into a corn husk. Spoon about 3 tablespoons beef mixture in a line across the middle of each husk. Top with a small amount of cheese. Fold opposing sides of the tortilla to overlap the filling. Roll the husk around the tamale and fold in one end.

  • Combine the remaining 1 clove garlic, 1 cup water, and chili powder in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring chili sauce to a boil. Remove from heat.

  • Stand a batch of the tamales, folded ends-down, in a steamer basket on top of a double boiler over simmering water. Bring water to a boil; cover and steam for 20 minutes. Remove tamales from heat; remove husks and top tamales with the chili sauce. Repeat with remaining tamales.

Nutrition Facts

375.2 calories; protein 20.6g 41% DV; carbohydrates 29.7g 10% DV; fat 19.5g 30% DV; cholesterol 66.2mg 22% DV; sodium 454.3mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2017
These are very good. Per previous review I will also make another recipe of sauce. I did use shredded beef instead of ground beef. Will make these again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/27/2019
Needs help here and there, but over all, a fine basic idea. Also, garlic + chilli powder + water = not good sauce. At least use blank tomato sauce instead of water... Read More
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2017
Made as written except for the chili sauce. Garlic chili powder and water doesn't sound like much of a sauce to me. I used another recipe from this site. So my review is for the tamales themselves. These turned out really good. The only real problem I had was getting the tamales to hold together during the steaming process. Could be a user error but I will tie them up with cooking twine next time. My dough might have been too wet too? I'm not sure but these tasted fantastic! I will definitely make these again! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2017
These are very good. Per previous review I will also make another recipe of sauce. I did use shredded beef instead of ground beef. Will make these again. Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
11/10/2018
The amount of fluid list was even close to what it needed then the dough sticks to the wax paper. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/27/2019
Needs help here and there, but over all, a fine basic idea. Also, garlic + chilli powder + water = not good sauce. At least use blank tomato sauce instead of water... Read More