Unwrap new memories of this beloved Mexican specialty in an authentic red chile sauce. To set you up for success, this DIY Tamale Kit includes all the unique shelf stable ingredients to make 16 delicious homemade tamales. Just use your favorite fresh fillings. Experience best shared with family and friends!
Chilies (New Mexico, Ancho, Pasilla), Corn Husks, Masa Mix, Spice Packet, Cooking Instructions, Shopping Guide. Tamale Kit makes 16 tamales
1 Ib meat: pork shoulder/butt or chicken breasts/thighs (alt shortcut: 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, plus 3 cups chicken broth)
1 large white onion
6 large garlic cloves
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
Basics: baking powder, salt
Optional: any other fillings you'd like! Check out more tamale recipe ideas here
Tamales from scratch take time, but they're worth the effort! The Tamale Kit comes with detailed step-by-step instructions to guide you along your tamale adventure.
Tips + Tricks
Since tamale-making does take time, we recommend dividing into 2 days: make the sauce and filling the day before and do the assembling and cooking the day of the feast.
To keep the tamales upright in your steamer, use crumbled foil to fill in the gaps and keep tamales in place.
If you feel like being "extra," use thin strips of the corn husks to tie around each tamale.
Gather your family and friends for a tamale making party! Learn how to host a simple one here.