MakingTamales.com

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This site is dedicated to making some of the most delicious and easy-to-prepare tamales on the planet.

With a little bit of practice and positive attitude, you will be preparing mouth-watering south-of-the-border treats for your friends in no time.



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Great ingredients = Great tamales


Tamales are fun to make, but they are a bit labor intensive. If you're going to spend the time, you want to make the best tamales you can. This is where top-notch ingredients make the difference.

7-8 lb Pork Shoulder Roast - buy a good quality roast and trim as much of the exterior fat off as you can.

1 Whole Chicken - don't forget to remove the giblets from the cavity.

2lbs. Corn Masa - this usually comes in a 4lb bag, so you'll have enough for two batches.

1 to 2 packages Corn Husks - the amount depends on how large you like your tamales. We like ours small, so we get a couple of packages. Be sure your husks don't have any black mold on them, and don't use any substitute for real corn husks.

2 1/2 C. Corn Oil - oils don't last forever. If you don't remember when you bought it, it's probably time to get a new bottle.

3/8 C. Garlic Powder - here's another place you might want to buy a new bottle rather than using that one that's been at the back of your spice cabinet for years.

5/8 C. Chili Powder - chili powder is actually a mixture of many ingredients, not just ground chiles. This is an ingredient where buying the best will result in a better tamale. 

1 Tbsp. Whole Cumin Seed - if you have a means of grinding the cumin, buy an extra amount of whole seeds. 

3 Tbsp. Ground Cumin - fresh ground spices are always the best, but a little jar of ground will do the trick.

3 Tbsp. Paprika - hot, sweet, or smoky...here's a place where you can add your own interpretation.

5 Tbsp. Salt - we always use a good kosher salt.

1 Tbsp. Ground Pepper - again, fresh ground is always the best.

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