Tamales Recipe

A recipe as old as the ancient Aztec civilization, Tamales are a favorite amidst both the old and young. This delicious traditional Mexican dish combine meat, vegetable, cheese, and sometimes fruit into a masa or dough wrapping. Check out this delicious tamale recipe that will be the perfect cuisine for Day of the Dead.

Prep time: 35 minutes

Total time: 3 hours.


  • 1/4 pounds pork loin
  • 1 large onion, halved
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 dried California chile pods
  • 2 cups water1
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • For the dough
  • 2 cups masa harina
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup lard
  • 1 (8 ounce) package dried corn husks
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Using a Dutch oven, bring to boil pork, garlic, and onion. Reduce the head, and let it summer for 2 hours.
  2. Destem and deseed your chiles pod. Boil for 20 minutes in a saucepan filled with 2 cups of water. Transfer the chiles to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain, and stir in salt into the mixture. Shred the cooked pork and mix in one cue of the sauce.
  3. Place the corn husk in a bowl of warm water. Using a large bowl, whisk the lard until it becomes fluffy. Add salt, baking powder, masa harina, and broth until it becomes spongy.
  4. 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.

Nutrient Information

Per Serving: 236 calories; 16.6 g fat; 12.6 g carbohydrates; 9.1 g protein; 37 mg cholesterol; 401 mg sodium.