Total Time
4hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 4 hrs

My husband gets delicious homemade tamales every Thursday at the school where he works. I always freeze whatever we can't eat and eventually we get a backlog, so I made up this recipe last night and it turned out great. Most of the measurements (other than the canned goods) are just estimates and can be adjusted according to preference.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients except tamales and cheddar cheese in large crockpot. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, allow tamales to thaw just enough to be able to cut them.
  3. About 30 minutes prior to serving, add still-mostly-frozen tamales to crockpot and cook on high for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve with cheese sprinkled on top.
Most Helpful

Market Street Market makes an amazing Tamale Soup. Will try this but adding whole kernel corn as well as rotel tomatoes.

pe06171819 August 17, 2013

I was cleaning out my freezer and came across some old tamales that needed to be eaten. I found this recipe and decided to try is awesome!

RancherRon March 20, 2013

I made this soup yesterday to go with a family taco bar, and it was a big hit. I had some tamales in the freezer that weren't up to our usual standard, not bad, but not great. I used them and it was delicious. I only had about six tamales, but that was fine. The only change I made was to use Rotel instead of canned tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe.

dawnie2u August 08, 2010