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    Real Traditional Tamales

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    Manuel Rios's Note:

    really traditional, and very good

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    1. 1
      You have to beat the lard, (I use a machine), beat it until it gets soft, and fluffy.
    2. 2
      Add the flour, and keep beating it.
    3. 3
      Into a blender put the jalapenos, onion, tomatoes, salt, and the peregil. Add some water, you are making a salsa.
    4. 4
      In another pot, put some water and the chicken, and boil them.
    5. 5
      Take a big spoon of the mixture of the lard and spread it on the corn leaves, add a spoon of salsa, and a piece of chicken in it. Wrap the husk so the flour mixture seals around the meat and salsa
    6. 6
      Keep doing this until the mixture is gone
    7. 7
      Steam them in an oversized pot.
    8. 8
      In mexico we use special pots, you can use any but be sure to cook them in the vapor.
    9. 9
      Let it cook, you'll know when its ready when you touch the tamale and its not fluffy any more, it gets solid.
    10. 10
      When you eat it put the leaf into the trash can, you won't eat the leaf, in mexico people add some cream over it and thats good.

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    • on January 05, 2007


    • on January 05, 2007


      I have always prefered pork tamales over chicken. When I ran across this recipe, I decided to give it a try. They are DELICIOUS! I don't know if they're traditional or not but it really doesn't matter to me. We loved em and will be making them right along with the pork ones from now on. Thanks for the recipe,'s a keeper to me!

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    • on January 04, 2007


      This was a very good version of chicken tamales, thank you, Manuel. I lived 20 miles from the Mexican border for 23 years, and I have had probably 23 versions of "traditional" tamales, and made at least half that many variations myself. Tamale traditions vary greatly by region, as well as by cook, in Mexico. And if it weren't for this kind of diversity in cuisines, this site would not have a purpose, would it? Celebrate, don't criticize, diversity. We are all richer because of it.

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    Nutritional Facts for Real Traditional Tamales

    Serving Size: 1 (173 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 692.3
    Calories from Fat 492
    Total Fat 54.7 g
    Saturated Fat 20.6 g
    Cholesterol 66.0 mg
    Sodium 26.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 40.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.2 g
    Sugars 2.0 g
    Protein 10.0 g

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