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Beef Tamales

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12 servings

Opening up a beef tamale is sort of like opening a gift. In this case, that gift contains a savory mixture of bacon, ground beef, onions and peppers.

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  • Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings from skillet. Chop half the onion; add to skillet with ground beef, tomatoes, garlic, cumin, cloves and 1 pkt. seasoning. Cook 10 to 12 min. or until most of the liquid evaporates, stirring frequently.
  • Meanwhile, stir remaining seasoning pkt. into chicken broth; gradually add to cornmeal in large bowl, stirring constantly until mixture forms soft dough. Cover until ready to use.
  • Slice remaining onion half. Place banana leaves on large surface area. Spread about 1/3 cup dough mixture into a 6x4-inch rectangle on each banana leaf. Top evenly with ground beef mixture (about 1/2 cup each), onion slices, pepper slices, olives, capers, prunes and bacon slices. Fold over long sides of leaves, then fold over both remaining sides to completely enclose filling. Wrap each tamale tightly in large piece of heavy-duty foil.
  • Bring 5 qt. water to boil in 8-qt. stockpot (or tamalera). Add tamales; cover. Cook on medium-low heat 30 to 40 min. or until cooked through. Remove tamales from water with tongs; drain. Cool 10 min. Top with cheese just before serving.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with smart sides such as rice and your favorite steamed vegetable.

How to Test Beef Tamales for Doneness

Remove 1 tamale from boiling water; cool 3 min. or until able to open the packet. Dough should pull away from banana leaf. If not completely cooked, reseal packet and place back in boiling water.

Make Ahead

Tamales are great to make ahead; they can be assembled and frozen, uncooked, up to 2 months. Cook as directed, increasing the cooking time to 50 min. Or assemble and cook directed, then refrigerate up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave without the foil or steam with the foil.

How to Cook if a Large Pot Is Not Available

If a large stockpot or tamalera is not available, cook in batches or in 2 large 4-qt. pots.


  • 12 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 12 servings
Calories 330
% Daily Value
Total fat 13g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 740mg
Carbohydrate 32g
Dietary fiber 3g
Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A 15 %DV
Vitamin C 15 %DV
Calcium 6 %DV
Iron 15 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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