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?

Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish made with a corn based dough mixture that is filled with various meats or beans and cheese. Tamales are wrapped and cooked in corn husks or banana leaves, but they are removed from the husks before eating. The dough, called “masa” is spread on the corn husk.

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!

How many tamales does a pound of prepared masa make?

One pound of masa is enough for half dozen of tamales-30 lbs is 15 dozens of tamales.

How much masa do you need for 20 lbs of meat?

of MASA you will need 5 -10 pounds of meat. Measuring the same as masa will yield equal amounts of filling as to masa. If you like twice the meat as masa then go with 10 pounds of meat for every 5 pounds of masa. For spicy tamales use one small poblano pepper (chile ancho) for each pound of meat.

How long do tamales steam for?

The gold standard of reheating tamales, steaming helps the Mexican delicacies retain their original flavor and texture. Fill your steamer with water, and turn the heat to medium. Keep your tamales in their husks and steam for 15 to 20 minutes, adding an extra 10 minutes if your tamales are frozen.

Why are my tamales still 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.

Can you bake tamales instead of steaming them?

Combining your favorite tamales ingredients and steaming them in a corn husk is the traditional way of cooking this dish. But you can also bake them. Whether you bake, microwave or steam tamales, the corn husk casing will ensure even cooking and prevent dryness.

Do you cover tamales when you steam them?

Place the tamales in the slow cooker standing them upright (with folded side down). Do not overcrowd the tamales as they need room for the dough to expand while steaming. Cover the tops of the tamales with extra corn husks, then cover the top with a layer of aluminum foil to help trap in the steam.