Tamale Fixin’s® Recipe

Tamale recipe

Tamale Fixin’s® Recipe

Tamales are a fiesta for the taste buds, with their unique and delicious flavor. If you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine, then you’ve probably tried tamales at least once in your life. And if you haven’t, then you’re in for a real treat! Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish that has been enjoyed for centuries, and for good reason. These little parcels of goodness are bursting with flavor, and their soft and moist texture makes them a joy to eat.

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In addition to the Tamale Fixin’s® Kit, you will need to purchase:

  • 4 lbs of coarse ground pork, chicken, or beef
  • 1 pound of lard
  • 6 cups masa flour (about 2 pounds)

Place corn shucks in warm water to soak and soften while preparing other ingredients.

Meat preparation:

Brown pork and then add spice mix and enough water to cover. Cook until very tender, about 1 hour. Drain broth and save as part of liquid for masa.

Masa Preparation:

  • 6 cups Masa flour
  • 5 cups water, broth or stock
  • Bolner’s Fiesta Brand® Tamale Masa Seasoning packet
  • 1 lbs of lard, melted


By hand or in a heavy mixer, blend the masa, liquid and spices well. Continue mixing while adding the melted lard. Be sure all is well mixed. If you want to use prepared wet masa, start with four pounds, and only add the spices and lard.

Stack in large pot with spacer such as aluminum foil, steamer screen or inverted bowl and a few additional shucks to raise tamales off bottom. Add three cups water to pot and steam slowly for 1 hour until ready. Add additional water for steaming if needed. Let cool slightly before eating.

This recipe makes about 5 dozen.

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