Tamale Recipes

Tamales make a great group cooking project! Find recipes and cooking tips for pork tamales, chicken tamales, tamale pie, and sweet tamales, and make a batch with your crew.

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Beef Tamales

Rating: 4.5 stars 195
These are just like the tamales my Abuelita used to make for special occasions. This recipe makes a lot, but if you're going to go to all the trouble of making tamales from scratch, you might as well have a party! You will need butchers' twine and a large pot with a steamer basket to make these. May be frozen up to 6 months in heavy-duty resealable plastic bags. To reheat, thaw in refrigerator and then steam or microwave until heated through.

Pork for Tamales

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
A delicious recipe for preparing pork to use in making pork tamales. After the meat is cooked and shredded, mix with salsa and refrigerate overnight. If you are making your own tamale dough, you may want to reserve 1 1/4 cup of the broth before draining.

Chile for Tamales

Rating: 3.5 stars 8
This is a wonderful marinade for pork tamales. Just blend the chilies with some water and oregano, and mix with pork before assembling tamales.

Real Homemade Tamales

Rating: 4.5 stars 310
An easy recipe for tender, delicious pork tamales from scratch.

Tamale Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 66
Here's a great recipe that's quick to make, but not short on taste. Canned beef tamales with onions and Cheddar. Mmmm!
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Tamales Oaxaqueños (Oaxacan-Style Tamales)

Rating: 5 stars 1
This authentic homemade tamales recipe comes from the Mexican region Oaxaca. The tamales are stuffed with a homemade masa and chicken filling made with tomatillos and 2 different types of chile peppers - ancho chile and mulato chile. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.com.mx]
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Sweet Tamale Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 53
This is a recipe I've been playing with and modifying for 20 years, It's a favorite at work for pot luck dinners. Quick and easy to make.

Poblano and Cheese Tamales (Tamales de Rajas con Queso)

Rating: 5 stars 7
This authentic Mexican recipe for homemade tamales is straight from Mexico. Tamales are stuffed with a spicy tomatillo sauce with poblano chiles and cheese - delicious! In Mexico, Chihuahua or Oaxaca cheese is used, but those cheeses are hard to find here, so you can substitute with Monterey Jack. [Originally submitted to Allrecipes.com.mx]
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Homemade Beef Tamales

Rating: 4 stars 6
Homemade tamales with homemade tortillas. Top with sour cream.

Red Chicken Tamales (Tamales Rojos de Pollo)

Rating: 3.5 stars 2
The masa for these Mexican red tamales is made with lard and chicken broth. They are stuffed with a filling of shredded chicken and a spicy red sauce with ancho and mulato chiles. [Recipe originally submitted to Allrecipes.com.mx]
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Tamales de Puerco (Red Pork Tamales)

Rating: 4 stars 5
This authentic red pork tamales recipe comes from Jalisco, Mexico. The tamales are filled with pork shoulder and a spicy tomato sauce.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Sylvia's Pork Tamales
Rating: Unrated 10
"This recipe for pork tamales is from our friend Sylvia Gonzales. They are authentic and amazing!" – mzhelaineous
Hot Tamale Pie
Rating: Unrated 598
Watch Chef John show you how to make a simple tamale pie.
Sweet Pineapple Tamales

This is an authentic sweet tamale recipe (tamales dulces de pina) with canned pineapple, butter, and shortening in the masa dough. They taste delicious and will melt in your mouth.