It’s Tamale Time!

Ingredients for Tamales

Are you looking for a fun-filled day to enjoy with your friends and family?  If you love tamales, you will love the time and effort that is poured into this yummy treat! My friend, Paula, shared with me many years ago an old family recipe for tamales. My family had never been tamale fans until we experienced Maw-Maw’s tamales. Though I never had the opportunity to meet Maw-Maw Nelson I have heard so many wonderful stories that keep her alive in all of our hearts including the famous tamale recipe.  I love cooking with my kids and friends or family and this is a great recipe for that.  My friend and I get together for “tamale time” about once a year. We cook all morning accompanied with a lot of laughter and just plain fun. We get our families and friends together that night and it is a feast. It is so much fun experiencing everyone enjoying good food, good friends and good times. So from Maw-Maws kitchen to yours…happy tamale making!

Tamale Recipe
By Maw-Maw Nelson

Blend the following ingredients in a blender:
1 green bell pepper
1 large onion
2- 8 oz. glasses of water
2 T red pepper


Blended Ingredients

Pour blended mixture into:
5 pounds of ground chuck
2 cans of corn beef (12-16oz)
2 T cumin
4 T chili powder
3 T salt
3 cups of yellow corn meal

Mix this well with your hands until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Mold meat into a tamale shape.  Roll in additional yellow corn meal to coat. Wrap tamales in coffee filters as you would a burrito. Leave one end opened for sauce. With folded sign down, stand wrapped tamales in a large pot.

Wrapping the Tamale in the Coffee Filter

3oz cans of tomato sauce
6 T chili powder
3 glasses of water


Pour sauce over tamales making sure the sauce is going into the open end. Add enough water to cover tamales. Bring to a boil and then simmer for one hour. Tamales may be frozen. Tamales are great with rice, salad or chili.

tamales, E-Mealz, Mexican

Standing the Tamales in the Pot

E-Mealz, Mexican dinner

Pouring Sauce over Tamales

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