Learning to make tamales

I love tamales! So I thought I might try and challenge myself this week and teach myself how to make them.  During my research on how to make them, all I heard was how hard and time consuming they were to make.  It was a little discouraging but I was still up for the challenge and wanted to give it try.
 Well I really didn’t think they were that hard.  Im not going to lie, it was very time consuming but other then that they were easy.
I decided I was going to make chicken tamales.
To start, we first need to soften the corn husks.  I boiled mine in water for about 25 minutes then I just let them soak in the water until I was ready to use them. 
(Next time I will let them soak longer because they were still a little stiff)
When I was ready I only took a few out at a time and patted them dry.
They kept floating up to the top so I placed a bowl on top the husks to keep them submerged in the water.
While my husks were soaking, I made my masa according to the package.  
I used chicken broth instead of water, Just a little added flavor!
Now we are ready to start making tamales!
Take out a few husks and lightly dry them.
Grab some masa and spread on top of the husks with a spatula. I kept mine to one side and tried to make 4×6 covering with the masa. Make them as thick or as thin as you would like.
(Its easier to roll if you keep masa to one side)
Add your choice of meat
Fold over the side that has the masa, fold up the bottom
Bring the top down and continue rolling over to the other side
I had hard time keeping my tamales together.
So I made long strips with corn husks and wrapped around the tamale and tied
The part I didn’t realize,hg they take forever to cook.  So needless to say, we had them for dinner the next night.
Place them all up right in a steamer and cover with a cloth and steam for 2 hours or until the masa separates from the husk easily.  
Never letting the water touch the tamales
We just made tamales!
They are slightly time consuming but so worth it!  They are delicious and im proud to have actually made them!
My recipe for my chicken:
3-4 chicken breasts
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Chili powder
2 cups homemade salsa (I used my recipe, it was in the fridge)
1 cup chicken broth
I let mine cook in the crock pot for a few hours then I shredded and cooked for another hour


  1. Looks yummy! You go girl! Now I want to give them a try!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  2. i love tamales, i really want to try and make them thanks for sharing your recipe. I found you from the blog hop and following you via gfc

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  3. My best friendsd Dutch born mother taught her and I how to make tamales when we were teens. It came in handy when I married a Mexician man with a family that had no idea how to make them. White girl to the rescue!

    I give you kudos for making your masa, I buy it premade! Love Green Chile and Cheese ones.

  4. mmm, these look so good! my grandma makes tamales every christmas and since we have such a big (mexican) family, it can be quite daunting! i love how you did a photo tutorial. new follower via the blog hop :)

  5. Totally pinning this for later, because my husband desperately wants me to learn how to make tamales!

  6. That looks yummy

    New follower from the blog hop


  7. These look wonderful, wish I lived closer to my daughter she makes them. I found your blog on Fun Friday Blog Hop #18 and thought I would pop over and invite you to My Weekend Party, stop by if you have time ≧✯◡✯≦
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  8. These look so tasty and totally legit! I mean, they’re actually in corn husks. Too cool!


  9. Wow, you are brave to make your own. Glad they turned out even if they took forever to cook. Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #11.

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  10. My husband LOVES the tamales at our local restaurant. His birthday is coming up and I’m thinking I might try making these for him. Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Potluck. Can’t wait to see what you bring this week!

  11. I shared this on twitter! I can’t wait to try this! I am vegetarian so I am going to stuff them with quinoa and veggies!! THANKS A TON!

  12. Found you through Sew Many Ways Find a Friend Friday. Love your blog!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

    Hugs, Cathy