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Thursday, October 28, 2010





So I have this love for Mexican food.  I would pick Mexican over any other food, especially tamales.  One of my friends in college’s mom made the best tamales.  It has been a while since I had really good tamales so when I figured out how to make arepas, my next goal was tamales.  My cousin has this great recipe pulled beef recipe (I actually thought it was pork).  Every time I had it, I wanted to have it with a corn tortilla or in a tamale.  I decided to try the recipe out.  As soon as I get the OK from my Ate, I’ll share her recipe but here is the recipe I used for the masa.


Masa/Tamale assembly

* I mainly go by ration so it is one to one. 

1 Cup of Instant Masa

1 Cup of Water

1/2 Cup of Cooked Corn

* I also put 3 Tbls of sugar but The Husbands says I shouldn’t. 


  1. Take the corn husks and let it sit in water for at least 15 minutes to soften.
  2. While the corn husks are soaking, mix together all the ingredients except for the water.
  3. Slowly add the water until it starts to create a paste.  Do not put too much water or it will not keep its form.
  4. Take the corn husk and lay it flat.
  5. Put a thin layer of the masa mixture (The first couple ones I made, I made it too thick)
  6. Place a small amount of the filling of your choice.
  7. Start rolling up the corn husk to great a tube. 
  8. Once all the tamales assembled,
  9. I steamed mine in my steamer for about 20 minutes. 
  10. Serve

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When we had it, it was good but it was missing something.  Any suggestions, I’m totally open to it.  BTW I’m currently prepping for The Daughter’s Birthday (I procrastinate – and I have to make my house into a haunted house :D) and a party I’m catering the day before so I may be MIA for a little while.  Hopefully :D  I may make this for The Daughter’s b-day, I’m still debating. 


  1. Yummy, these look really good. I love tamales.

  2. looks delicious, I've never had tamales before, I'm putting it on my must-try recipes. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. oh i love tamales and never thought to make them -these look great!

  4. I am still trying to decide if I like Mexican or Italian food better!! These tamales look delish! I want to try making them sometime.

  5. I'm not a Mexican food enthusiast but maybe you could use vegetable or chicken broth instead of water.

    BTW, I agree with your husband about the sugar.:)

  6. I had tamales today that were amazing. A Hispanic woman brought them as team treats for the football team. I'll have to see if she'll share her recipe.

  7. Hey Joy,
    Thank you for visiting, Great blog you have here.

  8. I love tamales! I think I will have to make some! I have yet to try them at home! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I always wanted to know how Tamale was made, I love it...but had no clue. Thank you for showing that it's not that difficult.

    Ps. Your girl is adorable. What a cutie. :-)

  10. I have only had Tamales one time and I remember it VERY FONDLY. Yum!