Pan Tamales

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by HollyLQuinn

Much easier to make than real tamales! Very tasty.

Top Review by Sascha

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.

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.

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