How do you make Mexican tamales from scratch?

Instructions
  1. Lay the soaked corn husk on a flat surface.
  2. Spread your masa on the corn husk.
  3. Add your filling/sauce to the center of the masa.
  4. Fold the corn husk in half vertically.
  5. Wrap the corn husk into a little burrito.
  6. Fold the top (skinny) end down to enclose one end of the tamale.
  7. Tie the tamale together.

What are Mexican tamales made of?

Some tamales are made of a paste of freshly ground corn, while others are made from nixtamalized and dried corn that’s then mixed into a dough. Most Mexican tamales contain a savory filling of meat or vegetables, but sweet tamales filled with dried fruit are also popular, and some tamales do not contain filling at all.

How long do I steam pork tamales?

Add the tamales in 2 loose layers. Steam the tamales over boiling water for 1 hour and 20 minutes, replenishing the boiling water as needed. Remove from the heat and let the tamales stand in the covered steamer for 30 minutes. Transfer the tamales to a platter and serve, passing scissors at the table.

Do you add anything to prepared masa?

Make tamal masa:

Add half the baking powder and half the salt to the lard and mix together. Add half the masa and mix together. Slowly add half the broth and half the red chile sauce, if using, to the masa and mix until combined. Cover the masa and set aside while you prepare your filling of choice.

What is the difference between Maseca and Maseca for tamales?

Absolutely. They are manufactured the same way, where difference between Maseca and Maseca para Tamales is merely the courseness of the powder. Both will make fantastic tamales, following the regular tamales instructions. Good luck!

Can you use butter instead of lard in tamales?

What can you use instead of lard in tamales? The best substitute for lard is butter. Unless your recipe says otherwise, you‘ll want to use unsalted butter as a substitute in most recipes that call for the lard.

Do all tamales have lard?

Lard: lard is used in truly authentic Mexican tamales (and it has less saturated fat then butter)! You can find it in the Mexican aisle at the grocery store, or online. Shortening would work as a substitute.

Why are my tamales mushy?

My tamales are mushy or have stuck to the husk

This is a sign that they have not been left in the steamer, pot, or oven long enough to cook properly. If you peel away the husk and the masa has stuck, broken, or appears too mushy, then you need to keep the tamales in for longer.

What is the best lard for tamales?

Pork back lard is preferable for its mild pork flavor, although more neutral tasting leaf lard or vegetable shortening can be substituted.

Can I use vegetable oil instead of lard for tamales?

What can I use in place of lard for tamales? Vegetable oil: Substitute 7/8 cup vegetable oil for 1 cup lard. Olive oil: Substitute 1 cup olive oil for 1 cup lard. Coconut oil: Substitute 1 cup coconut oil for 1 cup lard.