Thursday, June 4, 2009

Beef Tamales:

The Beef Tamale!


2lb sirloin cut in cubes
1 Red onion,diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
2 tsp. hot chilli powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 cp water
couple of dashes of hot sauce

1. Brown the onions. 5 minutes. Add the garlic. 2 min. Add the peppers. 2min. Add the meat and peppers, salt, water and hot sauce. Cook in the oven on 350 for 2-2 1/2 hrs. (when it easily shreds)

2. During this time soak the corn husks. Soak them as along as possible.
The Masa

3 cps. of corn meal
1tb butter, melted
2 tsp. veg oil
1 cp. of the beef broth from the shredded beef (strain beef from the broth..Use that broth)
1 cp. of water
couple dashes of hot sauce
salt and pepper
Mix all together until it forms a wet dough.
Press the dough into the corn husks into a rectangle form. Roll by meeting the masa, so the beef is completely surrounded by the the masa. It is easier then you think. Then tuck both ends and set into a steamer. Roll the Rest and then steam for about 15- 20 min. It depends on how your steamer works. I took one of the tamales out and tried the tamale.

This turned out really wonderful. I served this with rice and my homemade salsa. (Below) When I researched tamales a few months ago when I first made tamales it is favored with breakfast. Which I also served tamales with fried eggs and hot sauce. (Which is my fav. SO YUMMY)

I hope everyone enjoys this. Do not be afraid by the steps. It is easier then you think and so worth it.


  1. I'll be this was absolutely delicious! I have yet to make a tamale, but know that my husband would love it if I did.

  2. How fun!! Do you know, I don't think I've ever had a tamale? I love spanish and mexican food though, so I'm sure I would if I ever got the opportunity to taste one :)

    Through some of your favorite blogs, I came across a recipe that used banana leaves to cook meat. I've ALWAYS wanted to try using a banana leaf or corn husk to cook something. I see corn husks at the market and think, "I don't know what the heck to do with that thing, but I bet the end result is delicious." Thanks for the education ;) ;) ;)

  3. Leslie- Thank you for always stopping by and leaving wonderful commments. I enjoy reading your comments. This recipe is pretty simple. You should try it.
    Cookin Canuck- This is manly food. My husband loves this. It is one of his fav. Like I said before, he loves this for breakfast with fried eggs and hot sauce. Try it. Let me know how it goes.

  4. these are very similar to puerto rican pasteles. They look very delicious!

  5. I love this recipe! Tamales are a favorite of mine but I've never made them on my own. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. These tamales look great! I've never made tamales at home yet.

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  9. I've never made my own tamales, but I think it would be really cool to try. They look like they'd freeze well. What do you think is the best way to reheat them?

  10. A perfect recipe for me, love tamales and I want it for my dinner right now (not only for breakfast ;)...but I never tried to do it myself. What a feast!

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  11. Leslie- You crack me up. Love your personality.

    Curiousdomestic- I actually just reheat them in the mic. wrapped in a wet cloth. (Remove the husk. It may cause a small fire if you leave it on.)

  12. Never tried these they look exciting and delicious. thnks...if you'd like to visit me I am here at Rico|Recipes :) xx

  13. Great photos and wonderful recipe. I absolutely love tamales.

  14. these look delicious! I love tamales!

  15. This reminds me of the tamales my friend's mom would always make. Looks like you made a whole batch there. Got any more? =)

  16. Ummmm.....Yum! These not only look amazing, they sound amazing too! Thanks for the recipe - I need to try making my own tamales.

  17. I really don't know who can argue with a tamale. We only make them on special occasions... and at that point we make scads of them. They freeze and reheat so well! These look stellar!!


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