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Tamale Dough

  • Prep Time: 4 Hour (Total Time 5 Hour)
  • Serving Size: 26
  • 4 cups Masa Harina
  • 1-1/2 cups Lard Or Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1-1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon CALUMET Baking Powder
  • 4 to 5 cups Hot Water
  • 1/2 lb. Dried Corn Husks, Soaked In Hot Water Overnight, Drained
  • MIX masa harina, lard, salt and baking powder in large bowl with wooden spoon until well blended. Gradually add just enough of the hot water to make a smooth stiff dough, stirring constantly.

    ASSEMBLE tamales, using about 2 Tbsp. of the masa mixture and 1 to 2 Tbsp. of your favorite filling for each tamale.

    STAND tamales in a steamer basket in large pot filled 1/4 full with water. (Make sure tamales are not touching the water.) Bring water to boil; cover. Steam 1 hour or until tamales pull away from the corn husks, adding more water to the pot when necessary. Cool slightly.


    Size It Up

    Enjoy preparing this traditional recipe with your friends and family. When the tamales are ready to be enjoyed, keep an eye on portion size.

    For Sweet Tamales

    When making sweet tamales, substitute sugar for the salt.