Tamale Recipes

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Beef Tamales

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These are just like the tamales my Abuelita used to make for special occasions. This recipe makes a lot, but if you're going to go to all the trouble of making tamales from scratch, you might as well have a party! You will need butchers' twine and a large pot with a steamer basket to make these. May be frozen up to 6 months in heavy-duty resealable plastic bags. To reheat, thaw in refrigerator and then steam or microwave until heated through.
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Pork for Tamales

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12
A delicious recipe for preparing pork to use in making pork tamales. After the meat is cooked and shredded, mix with salsa and refrigerate overnight. If you are making your own tamale dough, you may want to reserve 1 1/4 cup of the broth before draining.
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Hot Tamale Pie

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While this tamale pie has very little to do with its south-of-the-border namesake, it's a really delicious recipe all the same.
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Real Homemade Tamales

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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.
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Poblano and Cheese Tamales (Tamales de Rajas con Queso)

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5
This authentic Mexican recipe for homemade tamales is straight from Mexico. Tamales are stuffed with a spicy tomatillo sauce with poblano chiles and cheese - delicious! In Mexico, Chihuahua or Oaxaca cheese is used, but those cheeses are hard to find here, so you can substitute with Monterey Jack. [Originally submitted to Allrecipes.com.mx]
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Tamales de Puerco (Red Pork Tamales)

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This authentic red pork tamales recipe comes from Jalisco, Mexico. The tamales are filled with pork shoulder and a spicy tomato sauce.
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Tamale Casserole

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53
Here's a great recipe that's quick to make, but not short on taste. Canned beef tamales with onions and Cheddar. Mmmm!
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Red Chicken Tamales (Tamales Rojos de Pollo)

The masa for these Mexican red tamales is made with lard and chicken broth. They are stuffed with a filling of shredded chicken and a spicy red sauce with ancho and mulato chiles. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.com.mx]
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Tamales Oaxaqueños (Oaxacan-Style Tamales)

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This authentic homemade tamales recipe comes from the Mexican region Oaxaca. The tamales are stuffed with a homemade masa and chicken filling made with tomatillos and 2 different types of chile peppers - ancho chile and mulato chile. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.com.mx]
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Homemade Beef Tamales

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4
Homemade tamales with homemade tortillas. Top with sour cream.
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Sweet Tamale Pie

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This is a recipe I've been playing with and modifying for 20 years, It's a favorite at work for pot luck dinners. Quick and easy to make.
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Green Chicken Tamales

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3
These authentic Mexican green tamales (tamales verdes) are stuffed with chicken and a spicy tomatillo sauce. To make tamales from scratch takes time, but it is so worth it. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.com.mx]

Inspiration and Ideas

Sylvia's Pork Tamales

"This recipe for pork tamales is from our friend Sylvia Gonzales. They are authentic and amazing!" – mzhelaineous

Hot Tamale Pie

Watch Chef John show you how to make a simple tamale pie.

Chile for Tamales

Rating: Unrated
8

This is a wonderful marinade for pork tamales. Just blend the chilies with some water and oregano, and mix with pork before assembling tamales.