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Tamale Dough

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Enough for 26 servings, 2 tamales each

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  • 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.


Tamales can be assembled, wrapped tightly in foil and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Steam as directed.


  • Enough for 26 servings, 2 tamales each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size Enough for 26 servings, 2 tamales each
Calories 180
% Daily Value
Total fat 13g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 310mg
Carbohydrate 15g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 6 %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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  • jkflancaster |

    This is the best tamale dough ever! Easy and perfect every time.

  • ehaglund15 |

    Easy to make. I also added some spices (onion, cumin, chili powder) to add some spice to it.

  • icyann |

    sounds so easy I will make for christmas.

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