How to Make Tamales

Tamales aren't difficult to prepare, and the filling is limited only by your imagination and preference.

How to Make Traditional Tamales
Photo: Lee Harrelson

Traditional Tamales

Traditionally, tamales are cooked in a tamalera, a metal pot with a steamer tray that can cook up to 6 dozen tamales. We found that you can achieve similar results with an oven method that doesn't require special equipment. Place up to 2 dozen tamales on a broiler rack lined with a damp towel, cover tamales with another damp towel, and place rack in a broiler pan filled with hot water to a depth of about 1/2 inch. (Use old towels if possible because they may discolor.)

View Recipe: Pork and Ancho Chile Tamales with Mexican Red Sauce

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