Tamale Bites

READY IN: 45mins




  • Heat a skillet over medium–high heat. Add the shredded meat, and following seven ingredients. Stir well and add 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer. Simmer until all the liquid in rendered out--approximately 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile, Mix 2 cups of masa with the baking powder, salt and cumin. Add the beef stock and mix to a crumbly consistency. Pour in the melted shortening and mix by hand until smooth.
  • Spray your mini-muffin tins with non-stick spray. Roll the masa mixture into small balls—about 2 teaspoons each. Place one ball in each muffin cup and press with your fingers—or the back of a rounded measuring spoon—to make little shells.
  • Once the beef mixture has rendered out the liquid, stir in the sour cream and lime juice. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Fill each masa shell with beef mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Allow the tamale bites to cool 3-5 minutes before extracting them from the muffin tins. Use a small sharp knife to lift one side, then gently lift them out with your fingers.
  • Garnish with crumbled queso fresco and thyme leaves. Serve warm!