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Tips & Techniques

Tamale Making Tips

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Learn the secrets of tamale making that made your mom or grandma’s tamales so special! Discover how to get moister and smoother masa. Follow our cooking tricks to enjoy savory and fluffy tamales.
Pack the Pot

Pack the Pot

Pack the tamale pot with extra corn husks. This adds flavor to the steam and improves the flavor of the tamales.

Whip the Masa

Whip the Masa

Whip the masa harina with the lard, butter or shortening. Whipping adds in air and ensures a light and fluffy tamale.

Use Corn Tortilla Masa

Use Corn Tortilla Masa

Tortilla masa is ground finer than tamale masa. For a moister and smoother dough try tortilla masa mixed with lard.

Season the Masa Harina

Season the Masa Harina

For a more savory tamale add spices to the masa harina before adding the lard. Some examples include paprika, garlic powder, chili powder and ground cumin.