How to make it

  • To make tamales, cook meat by boiling in a large covered pot with enough water to cover completely. Add salt to taste and slow boil till completely done. Cool meat and save broth. When meat has cooled, shred and mix in the (red chili sauce)
  • Corn Shucks:
  • To prepare the corn shucks ( outer husks), soak them in a sink or large pot of warm water for about 2 hours or until soft. Gently separate without tearing.
  • Masa:
  • (make masa by hand or with mixer) Mix the masa, lard , salt and enough broth to make a smooth paste. Beat till a small amount (1 tsp) will float in a cup of cool water. Spread masa (1/8 to 1/4 inch thick layer, or to preference) on ouja, add a small amount of meat and roll up. Fold up ends of ouja and place(fold down) on a rack in a pan deep enough to steam. Add 1 to 2 inches water, cover with a tight fitting lid and steam about 1 1/2 hours. (a cloth can be used under the lid to make a tighter fit)
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  • Red Chili Sauce:
  • 2 cups ground dried red chilies (stems and seeds removed)
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 (8-oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 quarts water
  • Bring this to a boil for 2 -3 minutes
  • and then spoon over ready to eat tamales
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  • Chili Gravy
  • 3 8oz. cans of tomatoe sauce
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 or 2 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
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  • Many variations of ingredients can be used in making tamales. You can use a combination of beef and pork, use chicken or even fried beans. One or two olives may be added to the center or try adding a few raisins.
  • This recipe will make 4 to 5 dozen tamales
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    " It was excellent "
    elgourmand ate it and said...
    Sr. Nada and I looked this over once before. He says go for it but nada to the onion and garlic powder, use pureed and we can't get oujas out here but use banana leaves. This is a trick I learned down Baja way. Same exact flavor. You got authentic tastes going here. We like it. Tried to give you 5 more forks but got caught. RJ
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    " It was excellent "
    elgourmand ate it and said...
    That does it nicely Tami. A nice touch with the lard; really. What's in your "red chili sauce"? The gringos are going to need to know that or you got Taco Bell. A 5 Amiga. RJ
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    " It was excellent "
    goblue434 ate it and said...
    Love Tamales Chef. I've Been Itchin' To Make Up A Batch Of These. Ya Just Persuaded Me.
    BTW, The Olives Are A Must ;)
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