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    Authentic Mexican Tamales

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    6 hrs

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    Tish's Note:

    In response to a request. I have not made these myself...but have had many a happy New Years eating them when received from a neighbor! I have no idea how long this takes. Seems like the family all got together before the holiday and spent the day cooking various amazing Mexican delights.

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    1. 1
      To make tamales, cook meat by boiling in a large covered pot with enough water to cover completely.
    2. 2
      Add salt to taste and slow boil till completely done.
    3. 3
      Cool meat and save broth.
    4. 4
      When meat has cooled, shred and mix in the chili sauce.
    5. 5
      Clean oujas (corn shucks or outer husk) in warm water.
    6. 6
      (make masa by hand or with mixer) Mix the masa, lard, salt and enough broth to make a smooth paste.
    7. 7
      Beat till a small amount (1 tsp) will float in a cup of cool water.
    8. 8
      Spread masa (1/8 to 1/4 inch thick layer, or to preference) on ouja, add a small amount of meat and roll up.
    9. 9
      Fold up ends of ouja and place (fold down) on a rack in a pan deep enough to steam.
    10. 10
      Add 1 to 2 inches water, cover with a tight fitting lid and steam about 1 1/2 hours.
    11. 11
      (a cloth can be used under the lid to make a tighter fit) You can use a combination of beef and pork, use chicken or even fried beans.
    12. 12
      One or two olives may be added to the center or try adding a few raisins.
    13. 13
      This recipe will make 4 to 5 dozen Mexican tamales.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 28, 2003


      These were great. They were worth the time it took to cook them.

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    Nutritional Facts for Authentic Mexican Tamales

    Serving Size: 1 (142 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 644.7
    Calories from Fat 274
    Total Fat 30.4 g
    Saturated Fat 10.8 g
    Cholesterol 66.2 mg
    Sodium 276.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 69.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.7 g
    Sugars 0.5 g
    Protein 24.6 g

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    red chili sauce

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