Sweet Pineapple Tamales

This is an authentic sweet tamale recipe (tamales dulces de pina) with canned pineapple, butter, and shortening in the masa dough. They taste delicious and will melt in your mouth.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
30 tamales


  • corn husks

  • 2 pounds fresh corn masa dough

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons warm water, or as needed

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple, drained and finely chopped


  1. Place corn husks in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and soak for 30 to 60 minutes. Drain, place on a work surface, and cover with a clean, damp towel.

  2. While corn husks are soaking, combine masa dough, baking soda, and water in a bowl. Knead until dough has a smooth and even consistency, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, as needed. Take care not to add too much water.

  3. Beat butter, vegetable shortening, and sugar together in a second bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Slowly add masa dough and knead until mixture has a uniform consistency. Mix in chopped pineapple.

  4. Spread about 1 tablespoon masa mixture onto a corn husk. Fold the bottom of the husk over the filling, then fold sides of husk together, one over the other. Finally fold the top of the husk into the tamale, making a little package. Repeat with remaining husks.

  5. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Add tamales with the open side up and cook covered until filling is heated through and separates from the husk, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
14g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 59mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 25mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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