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Tamales Blancos – Plain Tamales

Plain Tamales - TheRecipe.Website
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Plain Tamales - TheRecipe.Website

Tamales Blancos - Plain Tamales

This is the recipe for plain tamales but there are lots of other flavoured recipes on this site as well.
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Course: Main Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Tortillas/Wraps
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 24 Tamales
Calories: 98kcal



  • Beat the lard until it is light and fluffy.
  • Mix the masa harina with the baking powder and salt and add to the lard gradually, beating constantly.
  • Gradually add the warm stock until a mushy, wet dough forms.
  • Shake off the excess water from the corn husks and spread a heaping tablespoon of the dough onto the centre of each corn husk.
  • If you are making filled tamales, add about 1 tablespoon of the filling in the centre of the dough.)
  • Fold the sides of the husks over the dough, then fold the tops and bottoms toward the centre to make rectangular packages.
  • Stack the tamales upright in steamer, packing them in next to each other so they will remain in a vertical position.
  • Steam until the dough comes away from the husks when tested, about 1 hour.
  • Serve hot or at room temperature.


If you use the dried corn huskd then you need to soak them in warm water for about 30 minutes.


Sodium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 1mg | Cholesterol: 3mg | Calories: 98kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 4g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 14g