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Guava and Pecan Tamales

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Guava and Pecan Tamales are delicious sweet tamales. Serve with chocolate sauce for extra decadence. Look for guava paste in Latin markets or specialty food stores.

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  • Servings: 36 tamales
This Recipe is: Low Sodium


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  • Step 1 of 13

    SOAK corn husks in water for at least 1 hour.

  • Step 2 of 13

    COMBINE sweetened condensed milk, grated orange peel and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring slowly for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

  • Step 3 of 13

    BEAT butter in large mixer bowl for 7 minutes or until it reaches a creamy consistency.

  • Step 4 of 13

    COMBINE butter, sweetened condensed milk mixture, flour and baking powder in a large bowl.

  • Step 5 of 13

    MIX with large spatula.

  • Step 6 of 13

    ADD guava paste and pecans; knead with hands, slowly adding water until dough is smooth and doesn’t stick to hands.

  • Step 7 of 13

    LAY husk on a flat surface, pointy side down.

  • Step 8 of 13

    SPOON ¼ cup dough onto your hands and mold into an oblong shape resembling a small potato. Place dough in the middle of husk, ½-inch from the top edge.

  • Step 9 of 13

    FOLD one side over dough, then the other, overlapping.

  • Step 10 of 13

    FOLD pointy side up and tie with corn husk strip. Repeat until all the dough has been used.

  • Step 11 of 13

    ARRANGE tamales upright on steamer rack in large pot. Fill with hot water to right below the rack.

  • Step 12 of 13

    COVER top of tamales with remaining husks and damp towel; cover with lid. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, adding water as needed. Steam for 1 ½ hours or until masa pulls away from husk.

  • Step 13 of 13

    TIP: Serve with your favorite chocolate sauce. If guava paste is not available, replace with equal amount of diced pears in light syrup with syrup drained.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Servings: 36 tamales
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 90
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 16%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 8%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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