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Homemade tamales
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TN. Mike    Posted 11-05-2004 at 19:08:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello everyone,
I was wondering if anyone had a good simple recipe for some good old tamales. The weather here in Southeast Tn. is finely cooling off. That only means one thing, it's time for some homemade chili & tamales by the fireplace. So if any of you cooks have one to share, I thank you.

TN. Mike.

KellyGa    Posted 11-05-2004 at 20:11:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
There is a nice lady that comes around the neighborhood sometimes. She first came one time when I was having a yard sale. She had made home made tamales,and she goes around selling them, and yes, she was hispanic, so they were authentic! Wrapped in a corn husk and all, they were sooooooooooo good. Worth every penny.

Linda/Utah    Posted 11-05-2004 at 20:03:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here is my family's recipe for tamales. If you don't have access to freshly ground masa, the prepackaged dry version can be bought in most grocery stores. The quality isn't the same, but it works.

Aunt Eloisa’s Tamales


10 pounds freshly ground masa
2 3/4 pounds lard
salt to taste
7 teaspoons baking powder

Knead until a chunk floats in cold water.


1 pound California Chiles (dry red chiles)
whole cumino (cumin) seed
8 to 10 garlic cloves

Boil California red chiles in water until tender. Remove stems, squeeze peppers with hands, and run through sieve.

Brown flour in lard. Add chile mixture to which cold pork roast broth has been added. Add cumino and garlic to chile. Add powdered or dried New Mexico chiles to taste (for hotness) while boiling.


Boil 6 pound pork roast with 3 garlic cloves in water until tender. Cool. Tear apart pork roast with fingers and add to chile mixture.


Soak 1 ½ pounds corn shucks in warm water for one hour. Take apart and wash.


Spread masa on corn shuck in a thin layer. Place spoonful of chile on masa. Fold sides, then bottom, up.

Stand tamales up in roaster that has been lined with shucks –

Stand one tamale up in the middle.

Lean other tamales agaist center tamale and away from sides. Put ¾ inch of water in bottom of roaster and place lid on roaster. Cook one hour at 375 degrees.

If you wish to freeze tamales, freeze them uncooked.

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