Authentic Mexican Tamales

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 155


1 bag , Maseca instant corn masa mix, (special corn flour)
1 pound lard from pork (manteca)
1 bag California dried red pepper
1 cup tomato
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic
4-5 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
2 packages corn husks, (ojas de lote)


First, boil 4-5 chicken breasts in water, and save the leftover broth. Shred chicken, and set aside. Place the dried corn husks in water to soak, then set aside.

For Salsa:
Melt 1 spoonful of Manteca (lard) in a frying pan. When the pan is hot, add dried California peppers, then add tomatoes, onions and garlic. Add a little of the chicken broth, enough to moisten the dried peppers. Simmer for 1-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. The peppers don't need to be completely softened, just moistened a bit. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend to the desired salsa consistency.

Pour into a bowl, then add salt to taste.

For Tamales:
Pour 3-4 cups of Maseca into a bowl, add about 1 tablespoon salt, then pour in enough chicken broth to moisten it to a doughy consistency. Then dig in with your hands and start mixing it up! Margarita says it doesn't turn out as well if you use a spoon.

After about 1 minute of mixing, add 2 cups of melted Manteca (lard), and mix for another 4 minutes or so to a doughy consistency.

Next, spoon some of the mixture into the softened corn husks (they were soaked in water ahead of time), and coat the inside of the husk with a thin layer of mixture. Add shredded chicken and salsa, then wrap and steam for about 20 minutes.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 155
Calories from Fat: 35

This Authentic Mexican Tamales recipe is from the Cook'n Mexican Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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