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Basic Tamales

Basic Tamales Recipe

  • 24 dried or fresh corn husks
  • 2 cups drained yellow corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons packing liquid from frozen or canned corn, or milky liquid from fresh grated
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 to 1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • Sweet Corn Filling, Curried Shrimp Filling, or Chicken Sofrito Filling
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 3 sprigs of fresh cilantro
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
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Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68kcal (3%)
Total Fat 3g (5%)
Saturated Fat 2g (8%)
Cholesterol 6mg (2%)
Total Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.



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