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Beef tamales


  • 3 lb beef butt roast
  • 1 packages dried husks
  • 10 clove garlic
  • 2 piece fresh thyme
  • 2 small onion
  • 2 dried california peppers
  • 2 dried pasilla peppers
  • 2 dried ancho peppers
  • 1 tsp cumin(plus seasoning)
  • 4 tsp salt(plus seasoning)
  • 1 black pepper for seasoning
  • 1 fresh jalapeno (optional)
  • 2 tbsp olive or any oil
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 packages string
  • 1 cup lard


  • Season beef roast with cumin,salt,pepper and brown on all sides in a pan hot with oil…or in the pot you will boil it in.

  • Place roast in pot with 8 cloves of garlic smashed,1 onion cut in 8ths,thyme,and jalapeno if you want spice.pour enough water to cover the roast cover and boil for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.drop heat to less than medium after a boil starts.

  • Place husks in a pan with hot water and cover

  • Boil water remove heat and soak all 6 dried peppers( after seeding and removing stems)untill meat is ready.

  • Since i dont like stringy meat in my tamales i cut the meat in small peices and 3 or 4 peices at a time place in a ninja blender and chop can skip this step if you dont mind it.

  • When meat is done save broth and discard everything else,rip apart roast and place in a pan or see step 5.

  • In a blender place now soft seedless peppers,1 1/2 cups of roast broth,2 cloves of garlic,2 tsp of salt,1tsp cumin and 1/2 to small onion…blend well and add to meat.

  • Simmer on the lowest heat stirring often for ten or so minutes.cut heat and leave covered.sprinkle more cumin and salt to taste if you like.

  • In a big bowl add 4 cups masa, 2 tsp salt, 1 tblsp of baking powder.start to mix in about 3 cups of the beef broth( you want it wet but not soupy.

  • Now mix in 1 cup of lard…use an electric beater if available….cover so as not to dry out.

  • Take a now soft husk,rough side down and spread a thin coat of masa from end to end sidways about a little past half way in meat and roll…flipping end up to be tied….repeat

  • Place water in steamer,add tamales open end up, cover and steam for 1 1/2 hours.



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