Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

Much easier to make than real tamales! Very tasty.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, beat together margarine and masa with a hand mixer until well combined, adding water as needed.
  2. Add salt and sugar and enough water to make a thick batter (the consistancy should be somewhere between cookie dough and cake batter).
  3. Pour half of the batter into an ungreased 8"x8" square pan.
  4. Spread the meat over the first layer, then spread the rest of the batter on top.
  5. Cover pan with foil.
  6. Place the pan into another, larger pan.
  7. Pour hot water into the bottom pan so that the smaller pan is about 1/4"-1/2" submerged.
  8. Place pans into a 350 degree oven.
  9. Bake in water bath for 50 minutes, then allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Slice and serve with beans and rice, and sauce, if desired.


Most Helpful

This recipe is the perfect template for tweaking. As it is, though, I found the ratio of masa to meat to be too high, and the masa was pretty bland. I added a touch of tomato paste to the meat mixture as well as fresh garlic and onions. I will definitely be making this again, though I think I will add some cilantro, black olives, diced jalapeno, and some cheese. This would be great served with sour cream, salsa, and a little guacamole.

Sascha December 18, 2006

Mmm! Simply delish! My bf had three helpings and couldn't stop making yummy noises. Very simple, very quick. I used ground pork and I minced a jalapeno in it for a little bite. It was scrumptious, thank you for the recipe! I will be making this again and again!

Cynna June 26, 2005

So easy and a great way to use leftovers (pulled pork). Thanks for posting. I will be using this one again.

Ktbug204 November 10, 2011

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