Real Homemade Tamales

From Allrecipes: "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." — SADDIECAT

Yield: 16 servings ( Serving Size: 2 tamales )
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  • 2.5 pound(s) chicken breasts
  • 2 large onions halved
  • 2 clove(s) garlic
  • 8 dried California chile pods
  • 4 cup(s) water
  • 3 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 4 cup(s) masa harina
  • 2 can(s) (10.5 ounce) beef broth
  • 2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 1/3 cup(s) lard
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages dried corn husks
  • 2 cup(s) sour cream


  1. 1.Place meat into a Dutch oven with onion and garlic, and add water to cover. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the meat is cooked through, about 2 hours.
  2. 2.Use rubber gloves to remove stems and seeds from the chile pods. Place chiles in a saucepan with 2 cups of water. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, then remove from heat to cool. Transfer the chiles and water to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture, stir in salt, and set aside. Shred the cooked meat and mix in one cup of the chile sauce.
  3. 3.Soak the corn husks in a bowl of warm water. In a large bowl, beat the lard with a tablespoon of the broth until fluffy. Combine the masa harina, baking powder and salt; stir into the lard mixture, adding more broth as necessary to form a spongy dough.
  4. 4.Spread the dough out over the corn husks to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness. Place one tablespoon of the meat filling into the center. Fold the sides of the husks in toward the center and place in a steamer. Steam for 1 hour.
  5. 5.Remove tamales from husks and drizzle remaining chile sauce over. Top with sour cream. For a creamy sauce, mix sour cream into the chile sauce.
January 2013

This recipe is a personal recipe added by sarahwilson19 and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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