Basic Tamale Method
Cookbook author Marcela Valladolid showed us how to put on a tamalada--a tamale-making party--at her house near San Diego. She and her three aunts made these small, fluffy tamales, with plenty of filling in every bite. Use any leftover filling in tacos or eggs, and extra masa for sopes (crunchy fried bites). See the list below for information about ingredients.