Tamale Recipes

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Beef Tamales

Rating: 4.46 stars
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.

Pork for Tamales

Rating: 4.25 stars
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.

Chile for Tamales

Rating: 3.63 stars
This is a wonderful marinade for pork tamales. Just blend the chilies with some water and oregano, and mix with pork before assembling tamales.

Real Homemade Tamales

Rating: 4.37 stars
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.

Pork Tamales

A little variation here from the traditional, in that this is 100% my own personal recipe for the pork mixture. I also prefer beef broth in the masa as compared to chicken broth. But I think you'll agree these are some darn good tamales.

Tamale Casserole

Rating: 4.21 stars
Here's a great recipe that's quick to make, but not short on taste. Canned beef tamales with onions and Cheddar. Mmmm!

Poblano and Cheese Tamales (Tamales de Rajas con Queso)

Rating: 4.83 stars
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]

Red Chicken Tamales (Tamales Rojos de Pollo)

Rating: 3.5 stars
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]

Tamales de Puerco (Red Pork Tamales)

Rating: 4.2 stars
This authentic red pork tamales recipe comes from Jalisco, Mexico. The tamales are filled with pork shoulder and a spicy tomato sauce.

Tamales Oaxaqueños (Oaxacan-Style Tamales)

Rating: 3 stars
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]

Homemade Beef Tamales

Rating: 3.83 stars
Homemade tamales with homemade tortillas. Top with sour cream.

Sweet Tamale Pie

Rating: 4.64 stars
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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Sylvia's Pork Tamales
Rating: Unrated
"This recipe for pork tamales is from our friend Sylvia Gonzales. They are authentic and amazing!" – mzhelaineous
Hot Tamale Pie
Rating: Unrated
Watch Chef John show you how to make a simple tamale pie.

Cabbage Tamales

Rating: 4.13 stars

These are a combo of German and Mexican food that are very good. You can cook these in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or oven, as well as prepare them to freeze and fix at a later time.